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Elizabeth Patton

Senior Lecturer and Director, Great Books at Hopkins
Women Writers of the Renaissance and Reformation, with a research emphasis on post-Reformation English Catholicism

The Humanities Center
Gilman 244
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 603-321-9692
Fax: 410-516-7354


Elizabeth Patton is Senior Lecture in the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University, where she directs and teaches the consortium course, Great Books at Hopkins, and offers a series of courses on early modern women writers.  She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in the Department of English and Comparative Literature under the direction of Anne Prescott and Edward W. Tayler.  She is currently co-editing the seventeenth century biographies of Anne and Philip Howard, Earl and Countess of Arundel, for the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies (PIMS) and is a primary contributor of biographical essays for A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen, Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts, 1500-1650, ed. Carole Levin (Ashgate, 2015).  Her next book project is the reconstruction of a lost Elizabethan manuscript, The Life of Father John Cornelius, the only biography of a priest by an early modern Englishwoman, Dorothy Arundell (1559/60-1613); the Life also documents the history of a virtually unknown covert Catholic community situated on the coast of the English Channel in the 1590s.  Research for this project in Jesuit archives in Rome and London will be completed in the coming year with the assistance of travel grants from the David Rogers Research Fund and the Andrew C. Duncan Catholic History Trust.  A Folger Shakespeare Library Research Fellowship for 2012-13 permitted her to examine evidence of confessional conflict in the marginalia of 16th century devotional texts and manuscripts from the Folger vault, and in the spring of 2014 she presented the results of this research at a conference of which she was co-organizer, “Mary Under Duress:  Post-Reformation Changes in Devotional Practices Towards the Blessed Virgin Mary in Protestant and Catholic Europe,” held under the joint auspices of Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University of Maryland.

Curriculum Vitae


From Community to Convent: the Collective Spiritual Life of Post-Reformation Englishwomen in Dorothy Arundell’s Biography of John Cornelius

Dorothy Arundell's “Acts of Father John Cornelius”: “We Should Hear from Her, Herself—She Who Left a Record of It in These Words”

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