Modern English Literature (16th - 18th Centuries)

Aleida AULD

Ms Aleida AULD


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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 doctoral thesis entitled, ‘The Canonization of Early Modern English Poets: Shakespeare, Donne, Herbert, and Milton’, under the supervision of Professor Lukas Erne. Her doctoral project examines the ways that print, far from fixing these authors and their texts, has fundamentally transformed them over time. Canonisation is thus a paradox, both fixing and transforming, moving back into the venerated past and making modern for the present moment. Aleida studies how this process takes place concretely: through the fashioning of single-author editions of these poets and of poetic collections. Defining canonisation by its lowest common denominator – preservation through print, rather than prestige – this project argues that the ways in which poets and their poems survive, and not just thrive, are integral to studies of the process of canonisation and to our understanding of them and their work in our own time.

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 (forthcoming)

‘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)