Researcher biography

  • Past Degrees: BA (Hons), MA, La Trobe University, Melbourne
  • Advisors: Professor Phil Almond (IASH) and Dr Jennifer Clement (School of Communication and Arts)
  • Thesis Title: Anna Trapnel: Prophet or Witch? Discursive Constructions of Witchcraft in Religious and Political Debate in England 1640-1660
  • Area of Research: This thesis is an exploration of the language of witchcraft in the religious and political discourse and debates produced during the conflict and divisions of the English Civil War period. Using Critical Discourse Analysis methodology with its focus on the connections between discourse and power, it examines the witchcraft accusations and language used against Anna Trapnel and other contemporary female prophets within this wider context of religious and political challenge and contest.