Vanessa Braganza

Vanessa Braganza

Graduate Student in Renaissance Literature, Department of English at Harvard University
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  • Region: Britain
  • Time: 15th Century; 16th Century; 17th Century
  • Theme: British Literature; Cultural History; History of the Book; Women Writers; Race B4 Race


    V.M. Braganza is a scholar of early modern women's writing and critical race theory, and an avid book detective. In 2019, she discovered the only surviving book from the library of Lady Mary Wroth at a London book fair, which sparked her current book project on the ways in which Renaissance women encode their identities in books as texts and physical objects (Woman Enciphered: Renaissance Women and their Codes). She is also a curator whose wide experience spans exhibits designed at the Library of Congress and, more recently, Harvard's Houghton Library, where she is heading an upcoming exhibit on "500 Years of Women Authors, Authorizing Themselves" (Summer 2021).

    Formerly an Echols Scholar, she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Medieval and Renaissance Literature from the University of Virginia. She is a member of the Foundation of St John's College, Cambridge, where she earned her MPhil with Distinction in Renaissance Literature. She is co-coordinator of Harvard's Renaissance Colloquium for the 2020-21 academic year. Her writing has appeared in Studies in Philology, Shakespeare, and the LA Review of Books, and is forthcoming in English Literary Renaissance.

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