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Sarah Covington
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Queens College
Phone: (718) 997-5393 (Queens College)
Room Number: 5402
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD in History at the Graduate Center
Research Interests: Early Modern Britain and Ireland

 Sarah Covington is Professor of History at the Graduate Center and Queens College as well as director of the Irish Studies program at Queens College, and the M.A. Program in Biography and Memoir at the Graduate Center. Specializing in early modern England and Ireland, she has published The Trail of Martyrdom: Persecution and Resistance in Sixteenth-Century England (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004); Wounds, Flesh, and Metaphor in Seventeenth-Century England (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009); and Early Modern Ireland: New Sources, Methods and Perspectives, co-edited with Vincent Carey and Valerie McGowan-Doyle (Routledge, 2018) Her forthcoming book, Remembering Oliver Cromwell in Ireland, to be published by Oxford University Press in early 2020, will explore the social memory of this most hated enemy in the Irish historical, literary and folkloric imagination over three centuries. She is also co-editor, with Kathryn Reklis, of the forthcoming collection Explorations in Protestant Aesthetics (Routledge). Her other projects include a monograph on the theological and literary reinterpretations of problematic biblical characters and episodes (Judas, Gethsemane) in the wake of the sixteenth-century reformation; and, returning to Ireland, a book on John O’Donovan and his Ordnance Survey letters.

 Selected recent essays include:
“Introduction: Calvinist Statesman, Jesuit Martyr: The Worlds of Fulke Greville and Robert Southwell,” in Precarious Identities: The Works of Fulke Greville and Robert Southwell, ed. Afroditi Panaghis and Vassiliki Markidou (Routledge, forthcoming).
“Dung beetles and the ‘Vulgar Traditions: Applying Folkloric Sources and Methods to Early Modern Ireland,’ in Early Modern Ireland: New Sources, Methods and Perspectives, co-edited with Vincent Carey and Valerie McGowan-Doyle (Routledge, 2018).

‘Towards a New ‘Folkloric Turn” in the Literature of Early Modern Ireland,” Literature Compass 15 (2018).
“’Those Savage Days of Memory: John Temple and his Narrative of the 1641 Uprising,” in Fionnuala Dillane, Naomi McAreavey, and Emilie Pine (eds.), The Body in Pain in Irish Literature and Culture (London: Palgrave MacMillan. 2016).
“’Realms so barbarous and cruell’: Writing Violence in Early Modern Ireland and England. History 99 (2014: 487-504.
 “’The Odious Demon from across the Sea’: Oliver Cromwell, Memory and the Dislocations of Ireland,” in Memory before Modernity: Memory Cultures in Early Modern Europe, eds. Judith Pollmann et al (Leiden: Brill, 2014): 149-164.
“ “Martyrdom and the Court of Law: Interrogations and Legal Rhetoric in the Making of Early Modern English Martyrs,” Mortality 19 (2014): 134-150.