Anna-Rose Shack is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH) at the University of Amsterdam.
Her NWO-funded research project entitled "Languages of Vulnerability in Early Modern Women's Poetry", analyses the diverse ways in which sixteenth and seventeenth-century female poets represent and articulate vulnerable selfhood in lyric poetry. This project examines how poets such as Anne Lock, Isabella Whitney, Aemilia Lanyer, Hester Pulter and Katherine Philips engage with discourses of vulnerability as they articulate embodied emotional experience.
Previously, Anna-Rose studied English and Theatre studies at the University of Melbourne with a focus on twentieth-century Irish literature. She then completed an RMA in Literary Studies at the University of Amsterdam with a thesis entitled “Occupation on the Home Front: Shakespeare’s Soldiers in Civilian Life”.
Anna-Rose is passionate about bringing literature to life through public outreach and performance. For example, she recently delivered a workshop on faith and poetry at the Krijtberg Catholic Church and peformed The Art of Imagination: A Staged Reading in celebration of International Women’s Day 2023 at the University of Amsterdam.
In December 2020, Anna-Rose was one of the founding members of an international graduate student network/reading group, broadly focused on seventeenth-century women’s poetry; the group continues to meet online monthly and warmly welcomes new graduate students working in the field. Anna-Rose currently serves as the ASH (Amsterdam School of Historical Studies) PhD representative and on the Parergon early career committee (https://parergon.org/index.php/parergon).
In the 2023-2024 academic year, Anna-Rose will teach on the BA course Shakespeare in Focus.
Anna-Rose has previously co-taught Authors in Focus: Renaissance Women Writers (BA) with Dr Kristine Johanson. This course was nominated for the Faculty of Humanities Onderwijsprijs/Teaching Award 2023.
Anna-Rose has also taught Shakespeare and Early Modern English Literature (a second year BA core module) and designed and taught an MA tutorial entitled The Lyric Self: Early Modern Women’s Poetry at the University of Groningen (2021-22), as well as a range of academic writing support courses at the University of Amsterdam's Writing Centre (2020-21).