Dr Maya Corry

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College Lecturer in Early Modern History

Having studied at Oxford and the Courtauld Institute I returned to Oxford to complete my DPhil, and then spent four years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge.

I believe that historians ought to engage with objects and images from the periods they study, and that there are great benefits to communicating research beyond the boundaries of academia.

At Oriel I teach undergraduate courses in ‘Approaches’ and ‘Disciplines’, courses covering British and General history (Europe and beyond) in the period from 1400 to 1700, as well as more specialised courses in areas relating to my own research interests.

Research interests

I work at the intersection of history and the history of art, using visual sources alongside written ones to explore the social, cultural and religious history of early modern Italy. I am particularly interested in the interrelationships that existed between practices and beliefs relating to the body, religion and spirituality, gender, sexuality, material culture and medicine in this period. For example, early modern attitudes to the body and its gendering were shaped by medical thinking, but also by the representation of the human form in images. My first book, which will be published with OUP, explores social and cultural life, spirituality and gender in Renaissance Milan in the period when Leonardo da Vinci was working in the city.

In 2017 I co-curated a major exhibition (Madonnas & Miracles) at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge which explored the material culture of domestic piety and devotion in Renaissance Italy. Reviews in the national press described the exhibition as ‘pioneering’, ‘revelatory’ and ‘surely the exhibition of the year’!