Dr Tessa Storey

Tessa Storey (PhD European University Institute) is Research Associate on the project. Most recently, (2006-2008) she was Research Associate with Professor David Gentilcore at Leicester University, working on a database of early modern Italian receipt books as part of the Wellcome Trust funded strategic award, 'The Cultures and Practices of Health'. This database, available online at https://lra.le.ac.uk/handle/2381/4335, contains 3,033 recipes concerned with medicine, hygiene and cosmetics drawn from a wide range of Italian 'Books of Secrets.' She previously held a Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship at Royal Holloway, University of London and taught courses on early modern history, history of the body and Renaissance Medicine to both MA students and undergraduates at Royal Holloway (1999 to 2004), and the University of Reading, (2007).

Her research interests are in the social, cultural and gender history of early modern Italy, with special reference to prostitution and material culture. Her book Carnal Commerce in Counter Reformation Rome was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008. Other publications include: 'Prostitution and the Circulation of second-hand goods in Early Modern Rome', in Alternative Exchanges: Second-Hand Circulations from the Sixteenth Century to The Present. Ed. Laurence Fontaine, (Berghahn Publishers, Oxford 2008); 'Oggetti e legami nella casa delle cortigiane: erotismo e distinzione sociale nella Roma barocca' in Genesis: Rivista della Societá Italiana delle Storiche, 5:1, (2006); 'Fragments from the "life histories" of Jewellery belonging to Prostitutes in Early Modern Rome.' Renaissance Studies, 19:5, (2005): 'The Clothing of Courtesans in Seventeenth Century Rome', in Catherine Richardson ed., Clothing Culture: 1350-1650 (Ashgate, 2004); 'Storie di Prostituzione nella Roma della Controriforma', Quaderni Storici, 106:1 (2001).

An essay looking at masculinity and courtesan culture, entitled 'Sociability Around Courtesans in Early Cinquecento Rome' is forthcoming in The Erotic Cultures of Italy ed. Sara Matthews-Grieco (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009). An article on the findings of the Leicester database project will appear in 2010 (see Related Publications). She is also contributing a chapter on prostitution in early modern Europe to Kate Fisher and Sarah Toulalan eds. The Routledge History of Sex and the Body in the West, 1500 to the present.