Alison Searle is a postdoctoral research associate on the James Shirley Project at Anglia Ruskin University. Her research interests include seventeenth-century British literature, transatlantic Puritan literary traditions, theories of the imagination, the relationship between literature and theology, and the epistolary genre. She has published on William Shakespeare, Samuel Rutherford, John Bunyan, Richard Baxter, Jane Austen, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Bronte, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.