Modern English Literature (16th - 18th Centuries)

Aleida AULD

Ms Aleida AULD

Research and Teaching Assistant

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Research Interests / Recherches

Aleida Auld holds a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Geneva and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington (Seattle, USA). She is working on a thesis entitled, ‘Reconfigurations of the Poetry of Shakespeare, Donne, Herbert, and Milton in the Editorial Tradition’, under the supervision of Professor Lukas Erne (to be submitted by December 2020). She is interested in how our understanding of these poets comes into focus when we examine them through the lens of present-day editions and those editions that predate the time of Edmond Malone in the late eighteenth century. The project thus uses modern editions to identify key critical problems, which she believes can be better understood in light of the ways in which the poems were edited, illustrated, and published in previous centuries. The project underscores that historical editions – although not necessarily sharing present-day standards of accuracy, or belonging to periods when the poems were greatly acclaimed – may continue to contribute in valuable ways to scholarly debates in our day. It also blurs the barrier between bibliography and criticism, reading editions as critical interventions in past and present authorial construction.

Alongside her research, Aleida teaches undergraduate seminars on early modern English poetry and drama, including, ‘Jonson’s Plays and Poems’ (2018), ‘The Early Modern Minor Epic’ (2017), 'Milton’s Shorter Poems' (2016), and 'The Faerie Queene (1590)' (2015).


‘Gendered Secrecy in Shakespeare’s Lucrece’, Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature (SPELL), vol. 37

‘The Faerie Queene’, in exhibition catalogue Des jardins & des livres for Fondation Martin Bodmer (MetisPresses, 2018) [in French]

Oral contributions to recent conferences and workshops

‘Collecting Shakespeare in Poems on Affairs of State (1707)’, Shakespeare Association of America conference, Washington, U.S.A., 17-20 April 2019. Part of the working research seminar, ‘Collecting Shakespeare’, led by Aaron T. Pratt.

‘The Genre of Shakespeare’s Sonnets’, University of Exeter, 1 Nov. 2018. An academic exchange between the Universities of Geneva and Exeter.

‘Bibliographic Controversy and Milton’s Paired Poems’, CUSO Doctoral Workshop in English Language and Literature, University of Fribourg, 6 Oct. 2018. A one-day workshop with John Garrison.

‘Gendered Secrecy in Shakespeare’s Lucrece’,  SAMEMES conference, University of Bern, 13-14 Sept. 2018

‘Herbert, Hymns, and Metaphysical Poetry’, The London Shakespeare Centre & Shakespeare’s Globe Inaugural Graduate Conference, King’s College London and Shakespeare’s Globe, 23-24 February 2018

‘Donne’s Satires and the Rise of Metaphysical Poetry’, Early Modern Graduate Forum, Univ. of Oxford, 28 Nov. 2017 

Research scholarships and awards

Doc.Mobility fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation, Oct. 2017 to Sept. 2018. Awarded to fund twelve months of research, divided between the Bodleian Library at Oxford and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Beneficiary of accord de collaboration, St. John’s College (Oxford) and Univ. of Geneva, academic year 2017-18. Granted annually to one student at the Univ. of Geneva to facilitate research at Oxford.

PhD bursaries
--Shakespeare Association of America, SAA, April 2019.
--Secrecy and Surveillance in Medieval and Early Modern England, SAMEMES Conf., Sept. 2018.

Travel Award, Swiss Association of University Teachers of English
--To attend Shakespeare Association of America Conference, Apr. 2019
--To attend Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Aug. 2018

Modern English Literature (16th - 18th Centuries)