Dr Lisa Walters

Senior Lecturer in Women's Writing

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 53216


Dr Walters obtained her doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her BA from the University of California Santa Cruz. Currently, she is working on an Oxford World Classics edition of Cavendish’s literary works. Her monograph entitled Margaret Cavendish: Gender, Science and Politics was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014 (paperback 2017). She is co-editor of Margaret Cavendish: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2022), which won Co-Honorable Mention for the 2022 Collaborative Project Award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender. In addition, Dr Walters is one of the joint editors of the Restoration section of the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women's Writing.

She has published articles on Cavendish, Shakespeare and early modern women in relation to science, philosophy, gender and political thought. She welcomes research proposals relating to these topics.

Previously, Dr Walters was a postdoctoral research fellow at Ghent University in Belgium. She has also held academic positions in England, America, and Scotland and has taught guest classes in France. Between studies, she worked in Tokyo, Japan. Currently, she serves on the Editorial Board of ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews and was recently President of the International Margaret Cavendish Society. She is a member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Research Interests

  • Renaissance and early modern women
  • Margaret Cavendish
  • Shakespeare
  • Gender
  • Early modern literature
  • Early modern philosophy and science
  • Early modern politics


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
  • Masters Degree, Edinburgh
  • Bachelor of Literature


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Book Chapter

  • Walters, Lisa (2023). Margaret Cavendish 1623-1673. Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800: Critical Discussion of the Works of Fifteenth-, Sixteenth-, Seventeenth-, and Eighteenth-Century Novelists, Poets, Playwrights, Philosophers, and Other Creative Writers. (pp. 171-177) edited by Jennifer Stock. Farmington Hills, Mi, United States: Gale.

  • Siegfried, Brandie R. and Walters, Lisa (2022). Introduction: the intellectual span of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle. Margaret Cavendish: an interdisciplinary perspective. (pp. 1-16) edited by Lisa Walters and Brandie R. Siegfried. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108780780.001

  • Siegfried, Brandie R. and Walters, Lisa (2022). A new science for a new world: Margaret Cavendish on the question of poverty. 1650-1850: Ideas, aesthetics, and inquiries in the early modern era. (pp. 21-36) edited by Kevin L. Cope. Lewisburg, PA, United States: Bucknell University Press. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv2vt04cz.5

  • Miller, Naomi J. and Walters, Lisa (2021). Reframing the picture: screening early modern women for modern audiences. World-making Renaissance women. (pp. 70-86) edited by Pamela S. Hammons and Brandie R. Siegfried. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108923385.005

  • Walters, Lisa (2021). Jones, Katherine, Lady Ranelagh. The Palgrave encyclopedia of early modern women's writing. (pp. 1-6) edited by Patricia Pender and Rosalind Smith. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-01537-4_190-1

  • Walters, Lisa (2020). Epicurus and gender in the British Newcastle Circle: Charleton, Hobbes And Margaret Cavendish. A companion to the Cavendishes. (pp. 181-197) edited by Lisa Hopkins and Tom Rutter. Leeds, York, United Kingdom: Arc Humanities Press. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv22d4zg6.16

  • Walters, Lisa (2019). Margaret Cavendish, Poems, and Fancies (1653). Handbook of English Renaissance literature. (pp. 594-614) edited by Ingo Berensmeyer. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter. doi: 10.1515/9783110444889-031

  • Walters, Lisa (2019). The philosophy and literature of childhood cognition: John Milton and Margaret Cavendish. Literary cultures and medieval and early modern childhoods. (pp. 203-218) edited by Naomi J. Miller and Diane Purkiss. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-14211-7_13

  • Walters, Lisa (2009). Gender subversion in the science of Margaret Cavendish. Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England, 1550-1700: Margaret Cavendish. (pp. 251-262) edited by Sara H. Mendelson. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315264707-27

  • Walters, Lisa (2006). Cavendish's letters of subversion. The female wits: women and gender in restoration literature and culture. (pp. 281-294) edited by Pilar Cuder Domínguez, Zenón Luis Martínez and Juan A. Prieto Pablos. Huelva, Spain: University of Huelva.

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