Dr Alison Scott
PhD (Macquarie University), PGCE (University of York), BA (University of York)
Lecturer in English Literature
Phone: (+61 7) 3365 2172
Research and Teaching Focus
Alison Scott’s research focuses largely on questions of questions of conduct in relation to the emerging marketplace as they are negotiated in early modern literature. She has a particular interest in classical philosophical and literary models and their influence in the western tradition, particularly in early modernity when writers return to and remake those models in a period of unprecedented literary innovation and growth. Her first monograph, Selfish Gifts: The Politics of Exchange and English Courtly Literature, 1580-1628, for example,investigated the ethics of gift-exchange as a major influence upon courtly literature and culture of the early modern period. It explored how writers negotiated the problem of giving literary works away in a system through which they also sought to make a living, without devaluing their gifts by association with the marketplace.
Her current book project, Languages of Luxury in Early Modern England,conflates the approaches of cultural and intellectual history to examine the meanings of luxury, as a moral vice and a developing economic interest, as they were reformulated in early modern literary and cultural texts. Intersecting with that, research on the politics of constancy as an ethical response to the transformative Protean threats of the emerging capitalist marketplace in the 17th century is expected to culminate in a new study of Stoicism and notions of character in early modern literature.
Although Scott’s publications reflect her interest in the works of Edmund Spenser, John Donne, John Lyly and Shakespeare, her research inevitably circles back to the works of Shakespeare’s great rival and contemporary, Ben Jonson. That abiding interest is reflected throughout her work, but especially in Ben Jonson and the Politics of Genre (CUP, 2009), which she co-edited with Professor A. D. Cousins (Macquarie University), and to which she contributed a substantial essay on Jonson’s masques; and in a chapter on Jonson and Patronage, an invited contribution to the Oxford Handbook of Jonson, ed. Professor Eugene Giddons(forthcoming with OUP).
Dr. Scott lectures in courses on Shakespeare, Early Modern literature, Literary Classics, Adaptation, Tragic Vision and Major Texts (Metamorphosis), a capstone course for third year students.
She also supervises Honours and RDH students in a wide range of early modern projects. She particularly welcomes enquires from prospective honours and PhD students interested in researching in the following fields:
- The works of Ben Jonson
- Ovid and his influence on early modern and later writers
- Classical genres and ideas in early modernity (especially the influence of Stoic and Neo-Stoic discourses)
- Myth and literature
- Literature and the early modern marketplace
- Literature and education
- Selfish Gifts: The Politics of Exchange and English Courtly Literature, 1580-1628. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2006.
- “Jonson’s Patrons,” Oxford Handbook to Ben Jonson, ed. Eugene Giddons. Forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
- “Dipsas and Early Modern Traditions of the Serpent-Woman,” Word and Self Estranged in English Texts,1550-1660, ed. Philippa Kelly and L. E. Semler.Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2010: 73-92.
- “Thomas More’s Letters and ‘the comfort of the truth’,” A Companion to Thomas More, ed. A. D. Cousins, Damian Grace, and C. Murphy. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009: 53-76.
- “The Jonsonian Masque and the Politics of Decorum.” Jonson and the Politics of Genre, ed. A. D. Cousins and Alison V. Scott. Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Refereed Journal Articles
- “Censuring Indulgence: Volpone’s ‘use of riches’ and the Problem of Luxury,” AUMLA 110 (2008): 1-15.
- “Toward a Reevaluation of the Bower of Bliss: The Taxonomy of Luxury in The Faerie Queene, Book Two.” Explorations in Renaissance Culture 33.2 (2007): 220- 51.
- “Jonson's Masque Markets and Problems of Literary Ownership.” Studies in English Literature 47.2 (2007): 451-72.
- “Marketing Valuable Trifles at the New Exchange: Jonson’s Entertainment at & Britain’s Burse and the Taxonomy of Luxury.” Early Modern Literary Studies 12.2 (2006).
- “Celebrating the Somerset Wedding: Donne, Patronage and the Problems of the Gift.” Explorations in Renaissance Culture, 30.2 (2004): 261-90.
- “Hoarding the Treasure and Squandering the Truth: Giving and Possessing in Shakespeare's Sonnets to the Young Man.” Studies in Philology 101.3 (2004): 315-31.
- “Tainted Exchange: Giving Truth in Shakespeare’s Sonnets.” AUMLA, 101 (2004): 1-24.
- “Marketing the Gift: Jonson, Multiple Patronage and Strategic Exchange.” Parergon, 20.2 (2003): 135-59.
Edited Journals / Books
- Ben Jonson and the Politics of Genre (CUP, 2009), co-edited with Professor A. D. Cousins (Macquarie University).
- “The Sonnets” (4000 word entry) for The Shakespeare Encyclopedia. Global Publishing, Sydney, 2009.
A list of Dr Alison Scott's publications, including fulltext links, can be accessed via UQ eSpace.
Fellowships, Grants, Awards
- ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship 2005-2008. Bowers of Bliss: Literary and Cultural Representations of Luxury in Early Modern England, 1580-1630. Value: $219,000.
- UQ ECR grant. Reconstructing Constantia: The “Virtue” of Constancy in Early Modern Literature and Culture 2008. Value: $9,771.
- UQ – new staff start-up grant/ institute co-funding. Languages of luxury in early modern England: a literary and cultural history. 2008. Value: $11,520.
- Macquarie University Postdoctoral Fellowship 2005. Bowers of Bliss: Literary and Cultural Representations of Luxury in Early Modern England, 1580-1630. Value: $228,000 awarded; relinquished in favour of ARC APD.
- Albert W. Fields Award 2007.
- Huntington Library Visiting Fellowship 2006.
- In conjunction with A/Prof Jason Jacobs, established the school’s Engagement committee to oversee and improve the school’s engagement with its stake-holders and the broader community. Scott co-chairs the committee with Margaret Henderson.
- As an ex-high school teacher, she has a particular interest in developing effective relations with Queensland teachers of English and relevant professional associations. To that end she delivered a Key Note address to the English Teachers’ Association of Queensland at their annual conference in August 2010. She is also currently investigating possibilities for developing Professional Development courses for English teachers in the context of the new Australian curriculum.
- Extending her interest in Literature and Adaptation which underpins Major Texts: Metamorphosis course which Scott developed in 2008 and has convened since then, she joined the Director of QTC’s Grimm Tales (the esteemed Michael Futcher) and colleague A/Prof Jason Jacobs for an in conversation session as part of the State Library’s “Deepening the Conversation” program in October 2010 to consider the importance of adapting old stories for new audiences, and the reasons why some stories persist across time.
- Similarly, Scott convened an Advanced Studies Option on Adaptation for Postgraduate students within the school. The ASO included a series of workshops on different aspects of Adaptation, and was delivered by EMSAH academics teaching in literature, media, and film and television, with guest appearances by visitors Professor Julie Sanders (Nottingham, UK, Lloyd Davis Visiting Fellow 2009) and Simone Murray (Monash).