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Jennifer Clement

Dr Jennifer Clement is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication and Arts at The University of Queensland, and an Honorary Associate Investigator (AI 2014, 2015, 2016) with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Her research covers several areas including early modern literature and religion, adaptation studies, women’s writing – especially the writing of Elizabeth I – and education. She have recently finished a book manuscript entitled Reading Humility in Early Modern England, which argues for the importance of humility in sixteenth and seventeenth century English culture, and explores a range of texts from the period that engage with humility as a virtue, a trope, or a problem. Her project with CHE is 'Passions and Preaching: The Early Modern English Sermon, 1603–1660', and focuses on he role played by the emotions in the construction and delivery of early modern sermons emphasizing the impact of the use of emotion to sway audiences towards religious and moral ends, as well as political ones.

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Passions and Preaching: The Early Modern English Sermon, 1603-1660

Selected Publications

Clement, J. ‘He Being Dead, Yet Speaketh: The Preacher's Voice in Early Seventeenth‐Century Posthumous Sermon Collections’. Renaissance Studies 32.5 (2018): 738–54.

Selected Presentations

Clement, J. ‘Love and Metaphor in Richard Sibbes’ Bowels Opened (1639)', 11th Biennial Conference of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies ‘Mobility and Exchange’, Wellington, NZ, 7‒10 February 2017.

Clement, J. ‘Moving Metaphors and Stirring Similitudes: The Pedagogical Uses of Metaphor in the English Sermon’, Sixteenth-Century Society conference, Bruges, 18–20 August 2016.

‘Making Shakespeare Fit for the Screen’, ‘Shakespeare on Screen’ CHE symposium, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, 23 April 2016.

‘Shakespeare on the Screen’, in collaboration with the UQ School of Communication and Arts and the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, 23 April 2016. Public forum.

‘Teaching the Passions in the Seventeenth-Century English Sermon’, ‘Passions for Learning in Religious Perspective: Jerome to the Jesuits’: CHE symposium, UWA, 5–6 November 2015.

Clement, J. ‘Sermon Theory: The Art of Preaching Emotion’, ‘Managing Senses, Bodies and Emotions in Early Modern English Religious and Medical Texts’ CHE panel, ANZAMEMS 10th Biennial International Conference, UQ, 14–18 July 2015.

Clement, J. ‘Humility, False and True: Perception and Performance in Eastward Ho!’, in CHE-sponsored panel at the 12th Biennial Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association (ANZSA)  at USQ, Toowoomba, 2–4 October 2014.

Clement, J. ‘Dearly Beloved: Love, Rhetoric and the Seventeenth-Century English Sermon’. English Studies 97.7 (2016): 725‒45.