Seventeenth-century literature with a particular interest in politics and women's writing.
Hero Chalmers teaches for a variety of papers in the English Tripos, spanning Shakespeare, Renaissance literature and Tragedy. She is the author of Royalist Women Writers, 1650-1689 (OUP, 2004) and co-editor of Three Seventeenth-Century Plays on Women and Performance (MUP, 2006). She has also published a number of articles on seventeenth-century women writers and, most recently, on Shakespeare and Fletcher's Henry VIII. Recent publications include '"Romancy-Ladies": Aesthetics, Ideology, and Romance in Mid-Seventeenth-Century Writing by Women", in Goran Stanivukovic ed., Timely Voices: Romance Writing in English Literature (2017) and '"But Not Laughing: Horsemanship and the Idea of the Cavalier in the Writings of William Cavendish, First Duke of Newcastle", The Seventeenth Century, Dec 2017, vol.32, no.4. Forthcoming work will feature an article on Margaret Cavendish's Orations of Divers Sorts (1662) and a chapter on the manuscript and printed poetry of the Cavendish circle in A Research Companion to the Cavendishes 1500-1700, edited by Lisa Hopkins and Tom Rutter. She is currently engaged in research towards a monograph examining the relationships between poetics and literary allegiance in writing by women from the Civil War and Restoration periods.