Elaine Hobby first encountered Aphra Behn’s writings in 1979, when she began work on her PhD. After a lifetime of editing works by other early-modern writers and analysing women’s texts from the period, she is delighted now to be dedicating every waking moment to the fascination of Behn’s oeuvre. She is Professor of Seventeenth-Century Studies at Loughborough University, where she has worked (mostly with glee) since 1988.
Gillian Wright is a reader in English and Irish Literature at the University of Birmingham. Her publications include Producing Women’s Poetry, 1600-1730: Text and Paratext, Manuscript and Print (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013); Katherine Philips and Other Writers and Katherine Philips: Form and Reception, special issues of Women’s Writing (co-edited with Marie-Louise Coolahan); and Early Modern Women’s Manuscript Poetry (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005), co-edited with Jill Seal Millman. She is a General Editor on the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Aphra Behn, for which she is also editing Behn’s poetry.
Mel Evans is a lecturer in English Language & Linguistics at the University of Leicester. Her research interests span the early-modern period, and explore the intersection between language, identity and diachronic change in literary and non-literary texts. For the E-ABIDA, Mel is working with Alan Hogarth to develop computational linguistic methods and materials to investigate the authorship of works of dubious origin. As well as offering a new perspective on Behn dubia, their work will enrich our understanding of the literary styles of Behn and her Restoration contemporaries. Mel is also editing Behn’s correspondence for volume VIII of The Cambridge Works of Aphra Behn. This includes letters sent during Behn’s time as a spy in Antwerp in the mid-1660s, and will allow Mel to spend some time rummaging in the archives
Claire Bowditch thought that she knew Aphra Behn when, in 2015, she completed her PhD on Behn’s plays and their French and English sources. She was quite wrong. With Elaine Hobby, she is co-editing volume II of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Aphra Behn, for which she is also one of the General Editors; as a direct result, her current obsessions include collation, Cheapside, the Inns of Court, and ailments commonly affecting horses in 1678.
Alan Hogarth is a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the Editing Aphra Behn in the Digital Age (E-ABIDA) project. Based at the University of Leicester, he is currently working on questions of authorship in relation to Behn’s writing, using computational methods. Alan also has research interests in early-modern Natural Philosophy, the language of the Royal Society, John Donne, and the intersections of literary and scientific writing in English Renaissance literature. His current projects include an article on the style of Robert Boyle, co-authored with Mike Witmore (Folger Shakespeare Library), and a book on Donne and the Aristotelian Tradition.