Thursday, January 31, 2008

Boys will be Boys, Girls, Adults etc

Globe Education Special Event
Sunday 2 March 11am - 5pm

A company of professional adult actors will present the four plays by Thomas Middleton in this spring's Read Not Dead series. But how do the plays that were written for boys sound when they are played by 'boys'?
Two new Boys Companies have been formed especially for Globe Education's The Young & Shakespeare season. The first, from Stratford-upon-Avon, will present a 30 minute extract from John Marston's comedy The Dutch Courtesan. The second, from Dulwich College, will present an extract from Marston's tragedy The History of Antonio & Mellida.
The day will begin with talks providing contexts for the school curriculum and the boy companies that Shakespeare called the 'little eyases'. Speakers include Carol Chillington Rutter (University of Warwick), Alessandra Petrina (University of Padua) and Lucy Munro (University of Keele).
The performances by the Boys Companies will begin at 3pm. The boys will be joined by their directors, Perry Mills and Matthew Edwards, and the speakers for a post-show discussion at 4.15pm.

£7 includes all talks and performances

Please contact the box office for tickets on 020 7402 1472.
If you have any queries please email

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Exeter Early Modern Blog

This is excellent: 'A Cuppe of Newes', a blog detailing Early Modern Studies in Exeter, the Southwest, and beyond ...

Last Chance -- Landscape in Reading!

Land, Landscape and Environment, 1500-1750
Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading
14 - 16 July, 2008

Current debates over the environment – and in particular over the exploitation or management of natural resources – find their origin in early modern discourses of mastery and stewardship. Whilst a pervasive argument saw it as man’s responsibility to exploit the Earth, to what extent were those who made their living from the countryside, and those who wrote about it, ambivalent about landscape change in the name of progress and improvement, both in England, Scotland and Ireland and in the American colonies? To what extent was land, landscape and environment the subject of struggles between those who were the subjects of agrarian capitalism and those who lived off its profits at first or secondhand? How did representations of land and environment develop in this period? Landscapes are lived environments that find expression through buildings and patterns of behaviour, and bring into focus questions of belonging and the relationship between nature and civilisation. What connection can we draw between literary and visual depictions of land and environment - whether as map, image, or text - and these ideas of mastery and control? And what does the recent turn towards 'green politics' in early modern literary studies suggest about the usefulness of twenty-first century political imperatives for an interrogation of the early modern past?

Papers are invited on the following areas:

plantation and colonisation as civilising process; agrarian capitalism and sustainable agriculture in theory and practice; topography and poetry, pastoral and georgic, the chorographical and country-house poem; enclosure, disafforestation and drainage: their advocates, opponents, practice and consequences; law, property rights and tenure; husbandry and husbandry manuals; the country house and its landscapes; horticulture and gardens; rivers; writing the land; artistic representations of landscape; cartography, maps and signs; the country and the city; parks; urban pastoral; travel, travel-writing, walking tours and sight-seeing.

Proposals (max. 300 words) and a brief CV should be sent via email attachment by 1 February 2008 to: Dr. Adam Smyth, School of English and American Literature, University of Reading,

John Stachniewski Memorial Lecture

Jerome de Groot writes ...

I am delighted to invite you to this year’s John Stachniewski Memorial Lecture, an annual event held in honour of one of our most distinguished late colleagues. This year, Professor Alan Sinfield will address the topic ‘Muscle Marys, Englit and Subcultural Work: Minority Reading in a Cold Season’.

John Stachniewski was a well known writer on early modern religion, Lecturer in English at Manchester and President of the MAUT Local Association. He tragically died, very young, in 1996. An annual memorial lecture was set up in collaboration between MAUT (now UMUCU) and the English and American Studies Department. Stachniewski lecturers have included John Carey, Gary Taylor, Richard Wilson, Willy Maley, and Catherine Belsey. Next year’s lecturer is Kate McCluskie.

The lecture will be held at 5pm on Wednesday 27 February in the Alexander Lecture Theatre, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester.

Further details:
Dr Jerome de Groot
English and American Studies
S1.16, Samuel Alexander Building
University of Manchester
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
0161 2753170

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


[details via the LRS]

Dramaturgy Workshop
by the Anatomy Players,
Department of Spanish and Spanish American Studies,
King's College, London
Friday 7 March 2008
2 pm onwards
Venue: the Attic Space (adjacent to the Anatomy Lecture Theatre) Strand Building

Dear colleagues,
As part of the ongoing commitment of the Department of Spanish and Spanish American Studies to Theatre in Translation, it is proposed to hold a practical workshop exploring the dramaturgical possibilities of a variety of short scenes from Lope de Vega' play Chile Tamed (Arauco domado). We shall be appraising existing translations and creating new ones.
No previous knowledge of Spanish will be required.
Literal translations of scenes from the play into English will be provided up front or on the day. Participants who are speakers of other languages are encouraged to participate also, as are any interested parties across departments and disciplines within King's College or from outside. It is hoped to provide a useful workshop experience for anyone interested in manipulating an original text from a foreign language into English for dramaturgical purposes. The objective of the event is to focus on process, process, process.
How does one tackle conceptual and cultural problems in the transition to English? How does one avoid anachronism in rendering Renaissance texts? What are the impacts of various verse forms on dramatic pace and mood? How does ones own material sound when performed? Should verse be translated as prose? Is there a role for the "literal" translation? What about blank verse?
The event will give participants an opportunity to be creative both in writing and (if desired) reading and performance. It will be of interest to students of Spanish, Drama/Theatre studies, Comparative Literature, English and any other related subjects in the field of the Renaissance or Baroque.
The day is planned as follows:
Part I: 2 p.m. 2:40 p.m.

* Brief introductory remarks by David McGrath

* The Reading/performance of a four-minute scene from Lope de Vega's Arauco domado (c.1600)

* A reading/performance of the same scene done "literally" into English for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2003

* A reading/performance of the same scene done into English iambic pentameters, as performed at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden, London during June 2007

* Short plenary on the above

* New reading of the same scene done into octosyllables in English by David McGrath

Part II: 2:40 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

* Introduction of extracts from other scenes from the same play: e.g. the impaling of Caupolican; the love scene between Caupolican and Fresia. These extracts will be planned to run to no more than 20 lines, to allow time for participants to study the existing literal translation in English and complete a version of their own devising in a variety of verse/blank verse/prose forms. This will be done hopefully in teams. Bilingual or multilingual versions will be most welcome.

Part III: 3:30 p.m.- 4 p.m

* Readings/performances of material devised during part 2, interspersed with discussion and commentary from participants. (Note: if desired, it is planned that the workshop could run on while people take refreshment - provided by the Department - and continue to devise/read/perform/discuss).

Please contact Dr David McGrath,
Visiting Research Fellow (Dramaturgy),
KCL Dept of Spanish and Spanish American Studies

Diplomats, Agents, Adventurers and Spies, 1500-1700: A Conference

The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (University of Kent) and the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (QMUL) are pleased to co-sponsor a 3-day conference to be held at the University of Kent on 17-19th September 2008. We invite speakers from across the disciplines to consider early modern agency and the transfer of knowledge between states, agents, travellers and spies in the period 1500-1700. Whilst recent scholarship in this area has focussed on early modern interactions and questions of policy, polity and politics, the negotiations and encounters of intelligencers, diplomats and spies remain relatively unexplored. Considering the relationship between agents and information we seek to address some of the following questions: how did intelligencers retrieve, transmit, and present information? What was the value of this information and how was it received? How were networks of influence constructed and maintained?

We welcome proposals for papers of 20 minutes. Speakers are invited to consider, but are not confined to, the following areas of interest:

* Spies, Intelligence and Information-gathering
* Diplomacy and Embassy
* Protocol and Spectacle
* Travel, navigation and the transmission of information
* Intelligence materials, e.g. letters/maps/objects
* Patronage and Agency
* Networks of influence

Confirmed speakers include:

William Sherman, Alan Stewart, Jerry Brotton, Peter Barber, Gerald MacLean, Hugh Adlington, Chloe Houston, Nadine Akkerman.

Please send proposals of 300-500 words by 30th April 2008 to Dr Rosanna Cox (School of English, University of Kent): and Dr Robyn Adams (Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, Queen Mary, University of London):


Reading and Writing in Renaissance Society 1400-1700

Canterbury Christ Church University & Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library
Call for Papers for the Renaissance Colloquium
29th March 2008

Twenty minute papers are invited for the Annual Renaissance Colloquium.
The colloquia reflect a range of disciplinary approaches to the study of
manuscripts and early printed books in a bid to provide a more fully
contextualised understanding of literacy and 'book' culture in
provincial society across the period. Working collaboratively with
Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library, the day will draw together
scholars working on a range of source material such as book lists and
inventories, literary manuscripts, early printed books, common place
books, letters and civic documents.

Papers are particularly welcome from but not restricted to scholars who
have worked on material housed at Canterbury Cathedral Archives and
Library. Key themes include: types of literacy and the status of the
literate, orality, dis/continuities between manuscript and print
culture, reading and writing practices, issues of methodology,
materiality, book ownership/access, coterie writing, reading
communities, provincial, metropolitan and continental contexts.

Further information will be available via the website

Please send a 300 word synopsis of your paper to by March 7th 2008

[this via the LRS]

Call For Papers - Shakespeare

The Tenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
Registration is now open for the Tenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference. We invite submissions from all postgraduate students with an interest in any aspect of Shakespeare or Renaissance studies. Each paper should be twenty minutes in length (approximately 3000 words). For registration purposes, we require only a 200 word abstract. The cost of the conference is ?50 for three days or ?20 per day.

The 'BritGrad' conference is run by graduates for graduates and in the past has welcomed students from a wide range of different countries including the UK, USA, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey, Serbia, and the Czech Republic. Held at The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, this conference provides an encouraging, friendly atmosphere in which to present a paper. It is a unique opportunity to take part in stimulating and exciting academic discussion in the hometown of Shakespeare and the RSC.

Professor Kate McLuskie (The University of Birmingham) and Professor Peter Holland (Notre Dame University) are already confirmed as keynote speakers and there will be more speakers confirmed shortly. For further information please visit the website or see the call for papers attached.

The BritGrad Committee'

The Tenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference
19-21 June 2008
The Shakespeare Institute
Mason Croft, Church Street
Stratford-upon-Avon, WARKS
CV37 6HP England

[this via S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List]

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Arab Shakespeare

Check the following link for a special issue of Critical Survey on The Arab Shakespeare

Dr. Sameh Fekry Hanna
School of Languages, University of Salford

[this from S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List]

Three MPhil/PhD studentships in English

University of Southampton, School of Humanities, English

Applications are invited for three studentships in the Discipline of English, School of Humanities, in the following areas:

Eighteenth/Nineteenth Centuries
Twentieth Century

English at Southampton is an expanding and dynamic discipline area with a thriving research culture and an excellent record of research funding and we are looking for students who wish to undertake research projects, which fit in with existing large projects or with individual staff interests.

Each of the three studentships will be supported by a research centre: Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture; Chawton House Library; and Centre for Contemporary Writing (

These centres provide interdisciplinary networks within and beyond the University of Southampton and promote regular seminars, colloquia and workshops. Library facilities are well-resourced and we offer excellent training in research skills.

Current large AHRC-funded research projects include ‘The Indian Ocean: narratives in literature and law’; ‘Records of Early English Drama, Middlesex/Westminster: Eight Theatres North of the Thames’; ‘Writing in Tongues: Multi-languages, cultural bodies and the creation of a multi-genre poetry' (

Each studentship is for £2000 per annum for three years. Applicants should have a good first degree; a Masters degree is desirable. Applications should be made on the form available at

and should be sent with a covering letter, explaining how the proposed research project fits with existing research projects in the discipline. Advice will be given on applications to AHRC.

For further information, please contact Professor Ros King

Applications should ideally be received by 11 February, 2008, but if you think you are unable to meet this deadline, please contact us to discuss your application.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Manchester Early Modern Texts Workshop: Intellectual Royalism

12 April 2008, Chetham’s Library, Manchester


Jerome de Groot (Manchester)

Introductory remarks/ ‘Royalist Translation’

Philip Major (Birkbeck)

‘Royalism and Translation’


Sean Herrera-Thomas (Redwoods, CA)

‘By thee fish die; by thee dead friends revive’: Intellectual Marriage in Izaak Walton’s Compleat Angler

Jo Smith (Sheffield)

‘The Hermeneutics of Cosmetics: Censorship and the Body Politic in A Discourse of Auxiliary Beauty (1656)’


Matthew Yeo (Manchester/ Chetham’s), workshop on Royalism at Chetham’s


Iain McClure (Birkbeck)

‘John Greaves, Pyramidographia and the royalism of Ancient Egypt’

Jason McElligott (Oxford)

‘“A Declaration and Protestation of the Governor and Inhabitants of Virginia”: Polemic, Censorship and Trans-Atlantic Royalism’

Marcus Nevitt (Sheffield)

‘Rationalist Poetics and Anti-Intellectualism: Royalist Responses to Sir William Davenant's Gondibert’

Details: Dr Jerome de Groot,

'The Idea of Pleasure'

Department of English and Creative Writing, Lancaster University
Northern Renaissance Seminar

Conference Centre, Lancaster University
Saturday 23 February 2008
9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Speakers will include:

o Graham Atkin, English, Chester (on pleasure and pain)
o James Fitzmaurice, English, Sheffield (Margaret Cavendish and the politics of pleasure)
o Maurice Slawinski, Italian, Lancaster University (the pleasure of civil conversation)
o Ivan Day, Historic Food (Renaissance Feasts and the Garden of Pleasaunce)

The seminar will include a demonstration and tasting of Renaissance food

Registration fee: £10
N.B. Bursaries are available for postgraduate students on application

For further information contact
Robert Appelbaum @
Limited spaces available, so please register soon

Histories of Violence

Italy and the Mediterranean c.1300-1700
10.00am – 4.30pm (tbc), Saturday 23 February (with registration from 9.30am)
Research Forum South Room, Courtauld Institute of Art,
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

From the late middle ages through the early modern period, the Mediterranean world was shattered by multiple acts of violence. These were primarily religious, political and artistic in nature. Yet as a concept, violence poses a challenge to modern historians, for its definition is hard to pin down: the term we employ loosely, though its physical expressions are numerous, its textual and visual forms provocative, its reception history problematic. Violence, rather, manifests itself as an attitude or process whose stakes change in space and over time. This symposium, whose scope spans across four centuries, addresses the manifold histories of violence in Italy and the Mediterranean during an artistically explosive and politically turbulent period of social and cultural development. It does so with the hope of arriving at a more nuanced ‘period’ understanding of violence and its various artistic or socio-political manifestations.

Speakers will include: Samuel Bibby (UCL), Sara Gonzalez (Institute of Musical Research), Scott Nethersole (Courtauld Institute of Art), Thomas Nickson (Courtauld Institute of Art), Edward Payne (Courtauld Institute of Art), Per Rumberg (Courtauld Institute of Art) and Anthea Stevens (Courtauld Institute of Art).

Open to all, free admission; please book a place in advance. For further information and to book a place (for security purposes) please e-mail or call 020 7848 2785.


On Tuesday January 29, the Columbia Early Modern Seminar is delighted to welcome Elliott Visconsi (Yale), who will be speaking on Matthew Hale and the Invention of Criminal Blasphemy.

Elliott Visconsi specializes in the literature, law, and political thought of seventeenth- century England, with special emphasis on the Restoration period. He is concerned broadly with the nexus of literary and legal thinking, including the manner in which literary texts work as constitutional commentary and public political education in early modern England and the Americas. His first book, Lines of Equity: Literature and the Origins of Law in Later Stuart England (Cornell University Press, forthcoming) describes the later seventeenth-century literary transformation of equity from a principle of legal interpretation into an ethos of deliberative citizenship, in works by Hobbes, Milton, Dryden, Neville, Behn, and Defoe..

Currently Elliott is working on a second book?"The Invention of Civil Religion: The Literature of Church and State in Postrevolutionary England and America"?which describes the intellectual and cultural history of the principle of separation of church and state between 1649 and 1791. This study suggests that literary culture plays a deeply influential role in the development of a constitutional sensibility in which the robust separation of church and state is understood to be best for government and for religion. Moreover, the project argues that it is in the domains of the literary that the concept of "civil religion" emerges.

The Early Modern Seminar meets from 6.30 to 8pm: all are welcome. Please note our new venue: 411 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University.

Our forthcoming speakers are:

February 12 ANN BAYNES COIRO (Rutgers) Milton's Actresses
February 26 HENRY TURNER (Rutgers) The Corporate Commonwealth: Artificial Persons and Political Bodies in Early Modern England and Beyond
March 11 ADAM ZUCKER (UMass-Amherst) Title TBA
April 1 JULIET FLEMING (Cambridge / NYU) Negative Capability and the Death of the Book
April 15 HEATHER HIRSCHFELD (Tennessee-Knoxville) Hell and the Problem of Satisfaction in the English Renaissance
May 6 MOLLY MURRAY (Columbia) Title TBA

Details: Alan Stewart,

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Cambridge Interdisciplinary Seminar

[details via the LRS]

The seminar intends to promote exchanges between scholars working in various disciplines in the broad field of Early Modern studies. Everyone is welcome to attend it, but also to ask for more information if any of the papers presented match specific interests.

Lent 2008 Programme

Tuesday 22 January
Professor Miri Rubin (Department of History, Queen Mary - University of London)
'Medieval History - the Renaissance - and the Global'
Venue: Rushmore Room, St Catharine's College
Time: 2 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Wednesday 30 January
Professor Arpad Szakolczai (University College, Cork)
'Renaissance Grace and the Trickster: Verrochio, Leonardo, and the Pollaioulo brothers' Venue: Ramsden Room, St Catharine's College Time: 5 p.m. (followed by a drinks reception)

Wednesday 6 February Dr Neil Kenny (Reader at the Department of French, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge)
'Tenses for death: examples from sixteenth-century French writing'
Venue: Rushmore Room, St Catharine's College
Time: 2 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Wednesday 20 February Graduate Development Session Raphaele Fruet (Department of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge and Trinity College) 'Stairways to what Heavens? Problematic uses of analogy in two cosmological representations in vernacular French: la troisième journée of the Académie Françoise of Pierre de La Primaudaye (1596), and Pour parler de la Nature des cieux in Essays des Merveilles de nature et des plus nobles artifices, of Etienne Binet (1632)'

Other graduate speaker T.B.C.

Venue: Rushmore Room, St Catharine's College
Time: 2 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.

All welcome. Coffee and tea will be served.

Emanuel Buttigieg (History; Peterhouse)
Eleonora Carinci (MML; St Catharine's College) Raphaele Fruet (MML; Trinity College) Katie Rees (MML; Trinity Hall)

Early Modern British and Irish History Seminar

Wednesdays at 5pm, Lent Term, in the Graham Storey Room, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

23 January: Michelle Howell: ‘”Faction and Enmities and Emulations”: the activities of Henrietta Maria’s circle in the 1630s'

6 February: Toby Barnard, 'Writing the History of early modern Ireland in the early 18th century’

13 February: Sophie Murray: ‘Humour and the English Reformation’

20 February: Satoshi Tsujimoto: ‘”Between the Crown and the Locality”: Hull garrison, 1660-1688’

27 February: Jeremy Schildt: ‘Devotional reading and note-taking in seventeenth-century England’

[these details via the LRS]

Early Modern Afterlives

The City University of New York Graduate Center
4th Annual EMIG Graduate Student Conference
Conference Date: April 18, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Diana E. Henderson (MIT)
Call for Papers and Panels

Representations of the afterlife haunt the early-modern period, while echoes and ghosts of the early modern period continue to reverberate through subsequent cultures and imaginations. The Early Modern Interdisciplinary Group of the Graduate Center, City University of NY, invites proposals for papers for its fourth annual graduate student conference to be held on April 18, 2008 in New York City. We encourage scholars of all disciplines to submit papers related to the period inclusive of the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries, and we especially welcome papers with an interdisciplinary methodology. This conference will focus on both representations of the afterlife in the early modern era as well as later iterations and interpretations of early modern themes and artifacts. Possible topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

Heaven & hell
God and the devil
Religious strife
Saints and angels
Religious iconography
The supernatural
Dreams and prophecy
Body and soul
Funeral and burial rites
Elegies and eulogies
Early modern wills and testaments
Memorial markers (gravestones, monuments, etc.)
Death-bed confessions
Resurrection motifs
Later interpretations of early modern works (film, art, literature, music etc.)
Renaissance and new media
Enduring early modern cultural influences and references
Quotation of Renaissance texts
Early modern archives
After-life conspiracy theories (ex. accounts of Marlowe's death)

Send 200 word abstracts by February 1, 2008 to or mail to Balaka Basu (English Department, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016). Please include your name and institutional affiliation, mailing address, email address, and phone number.

EMIG provides a student-run forum for the exchange of ideas related to the period between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries. The group serves as a bridge between the Renaissance Studies Certificate Program, Departments at The Graduate Center, CUNY and the Renaissance Studies Association, while also serving the larger community of humanities scholars with an interest in this period. By emphasizing connections between developments in philosophy, theology, politics, rhetoric, law, science, sociology, theater, music, literature, and the visual arts during this important period, EMIG engages scholars from many academic disciplines. In doing so, we hope to broaden not only our knowledge of the period, but our scholarly approaches as well. EMIG meets at The Graduate Center, CUNY during the academic year.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tragedy and Time Travel

Rebecca Bushnell
Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
and Professor of English
University of Pennsylvania

Columbia University Shakespeare Seminar (#581)
Meeting at the Columbia University Faculty House
Friday, February 8, 2007
Cocktails 5:00-6:00; Dinner 6:00-7:00; Meeting commences shortly after 7:00

Details: Adam G. Hooks at

Cambridge Interdisciplinary Renaissance Seminar (I.R.S)

Lent 2008 Programme

Tuesday 22 January
Professor Miri Rubin
(Department of History, Queen Mary - University of London)

'Medieval History - the Renaissance - and the Global'
Venue: Rushmore Room, St Catharine's College
Time: 2 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Wednesday 30 January
Professor Arpad Szakolczai
(University College, Cork)

'Renaissance Grace and the Trickster: Verrochio, Leonardo, and the
Pollaioulo brothers' Venue: Ramsden Room, St Catharine's College Time: 5
p.m. (followed by a drinks reception)

Wednesday 6 February Dr Neil Kenny (Reader at the Department of French,
Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge)

'Tenses for death: examples from sixteenth-century French writing'
Venue: Rushmore Room, St Catharine's College
Time: 2 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Wednesday 20 February Graduate Development Session Raphaele Fruet
(Department of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge and
Trinity College) 'Stairways to what Heavens? Problematic uses of analogy in
two cosmological representations in vernacular French: la troisième journée
of the Académie Françoise of Pierre de La Primaudaye (1596), and Pour
parler de la Nature des cieux in Essays des Merveilles de nature et des
plus nobles artifices, of Etienne Binet (1632)'

Other graduate speaker T.B.C.

Venue: Rushmore Room, St Catharine's College
Time: 2 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.

All welcome. Coffee and tea will be served.

Emanuel Buttigieg (History; Peterhouse)
Eleonora Carinci (MML; St Catharine's College)
Raphaele Fruet (MML; Trinity College)
Katie Rees (MML; Trinity Hall)

Monday, January 14, 2008

University of Warwick

Centre for the Study of the Renaissance

STVDIO talks, Spring 2008

Tuesday, 22 January 2008, 5:00 in Humanities Building 403
Professor Peter Mack (Warwick), ‘Renaissance Rhetoric: The Requirements of a History and the Implications of a Theory’

Tuesday, 5 February 2008, 5:00 in Humanities Building 403
Dr Howard Hotson (St Anne’s College, Oxford), ‘Between Ramus and Comenius: Reformation and Educational Reform in the German and English-Speaking Worlds, 1543-1642’

Tuesday, 19 February 2008, 5:00 in Humanities Building 403
Professor Marc Laureys (Bonn): ‘Erasmus and the Limits of Toleration’

Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 5:00 in Humanities Building 403
Dr Ita MacCarthy (Birmingham), ‘The Life and Liaisons of Renaissance Grace’

Tuesday, 18 March 2008, 10:00 to 5:15 in Scarman House, Lecture room 6
Meeting on ‘Belief and Disbelief: Encounters with the Other’ (sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the Mellon–Newberry programme The Spaces of the Past: Renaissance and Early Modern Cultures in Transatlantic Context), with talks by D. Lines, A. Laird, M. Rubin, N. Matar, and J. Bate. Register by 15 February with Lisa Cook (

Tuesday, 22 April 2008, 5:00 in Humanities Building 403
Professor Michael Reeve (Pembroke College, Cambridge), ‘The Italian Reception of Pliny’s Natural History’

Tuesday, 6 May 2008, 5:00 in Humanities Building 403
Dr Georgia Clarke (Courtauld Institute) on Bolognese architecture and civic culture (tbc)

STVDIO talks are funded by Warwick’s Humanities Research Centre.
For more information or details contact Dr David Lines (

Beyond the Missing Cardenio

From Dr Alexander Samson, via the LRS ...

It is a great pleasure to announce a lecture to be given by the eminent Hispanist Professor Barbara Fuchs of the University of Pennsylvania, editor of Hispanic Review.

She will be speaking on the subject of her latest research project on Anglo-Spanish translation as an ideological vector. Her talk is entitled:

'Beyond the Missing Cardenio: Anglo-Spanish Relations in Early Modern Drama.'

It will be held on 11th March at 5pm in Malet Place Engineering 1.20. This building is the new one on the left hand side as you enter campus from the Malet Street entrance opposite Waterstones. I do hope that many of you will be able to come to what will be a fascinating foretaste of Barbara's forthcoming publications in this area.

Study Fellowships

Society for Renaissance Studies

Each year the Society invites applications for Study Fellowships, to support travel or, in exceptional circumstances, other research expenses for projects undertaken in connection with doctoral theses in the field of Renaissance Studies. The Fellowships are open to anyone registered for postgraduate degrees in Britain or Ireland. Applications should be made in the form of a text of not more than 1,000 words, to include the candidate’s institution, department, supervisor, year of study and principal sources of funding, the contact details of one referee, a description of the project for which funding is required, the relationship of the project to the finished thesis, and the specific amount of funding required. This text must be supplemented by a short budget detailing projected expenditure for travel within Europe, accommodation and subsistence for the duration of the proposed research trip. Although the maximum amount to be awarded for a single Fellowship is £1,500, the Society welcomes applications for projects requiring smaller sums. Priority may be given to candidates in more advanced stages of doctoral research.

Applications should preferably be sent as email attachments to Dr Stella Fletcher,, though hard copy can be posted to 32 Highfield Avenue, Great Sankey, Warrington WA5 2TW.

The next closing date for applications is 31 January 2008.

Fellows will be required to submit written reports on their projects for publication in the Society’s Bulletin and expected to acknowledge the Society in any publications resulting from their research. They may also be invited to give short papers at the Society’s AGM or its National Conference.

Rubinstein Fellowship

The Society for Renaissance Studies is pleased to invite applications for the annual one-year Fellowship, founded in memory of Ruth and Nicolai Rubinstein, to support postdoctoral research in Renaissance Studies, though preference may be given to research in the fields of Italian history and culture. Applicants must be graduates of British or Irish universities, with PhDs awarded within the last five years, and currently engaged in full-time research, part-time teaching or independent scholarship. The Fellowship is for £5,000 and cannot be held simultaneously with any similar award. The period of tenure will be twelve months from 1 October 2008, during which time the Fellow will be invited to attend meetings of the Society’s Council. The Fellow will also be required to make a presentation to Council at the end of the Fellowship, to submit a written report for publication in the Society’s Bulletin, and be expected to acknowledge the Society in any publications resulting from the research.

Applications should be made in the form of a CV and a text of not more than 1,000 words, to include a brief account of the candidate’s research to date, a description of the project to be undertaken during the tenure of the Fellowship, and a statement of the candidate’s means of financial support, if any, during the academic year 2008-09. It is the responsibility of applicants to request letters of support from two referees. Applications and references should preferably be sent as email attachments to Dr Stella Fletcher,, though hard copy can be posted to 32 Highfield Avenue, Great Sankey, Warrington WA5 2TW. The closing date for applications is 31 May 2008 and the successful applicant will be informed as soon as possible thereafter.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Colonialism and Travel

The London Renaissance Seminar

Susan Castillo (King’s) ‘The Lies of a Distant Traveller? The Travel Writing of Louis de Hennepi’'.
Peter Hulme, (Essex) title to be announced.
Bernhard Klein (Essex) ‘To pot straight way we goe’: Robert Baker in Guinea, 1563
Gerald MacLean (Exeter) ‘Courting the Porte’

Saturday, January 19, 2008
2- 5:30 pm in the Council Room, Birkbeck College, Malet St, London WC1E 7HX
organised by
Gordon McMullan, King’s College,
Susan Wiseman, Birkbeck College,


Clarendon 1609-2009: History, Politics and Religion

A conference in the Clarendon building at the Bodleian Library, Oxford to mark the four hundredth anniversary of Clarendon’s birth, February 2009

In 1909, the tercentenary of the birth of Edward Hyde, first Earl of Clarendon (1609-1674) was marked in Oxford with a lecture by Sir Charles Firth. Firth’s negative assessment reflected the distaste of late nineteenth century whigs and liberals for an archetypical Tory. While their preference for what were judged to be the more radical and progressive political forces of the Civil War was by and large maintained throughout the twentieth century, of late historians and literary scholars have shown an increased interest in, and readiness to take more seriously, conservative and royalist beliefs and traditions; they have investigated more deeply the polemical literature of the 1640s, rather than concentrating on a handful of key texts; and they have been prepared to look at figures who spanned the middle years of the century, rather than to concentrate on one or other side of the great divide of the War. In the process, they have started to rediscover Clarendon’s stature. As a politician, his contribution to the royalist cause from the 1640s to the 1660s was little short of titanic. His contribution as a polemicist was hardly less significant: his declarations usually on behalf of the King in 1642-3 were among the most effective statements of the royalist case. As a historian, his History of the Rebellion provided to posterity a compelling account of England’s mid-century troubles. The most sophisticated work of history yet written in English (a standing it retained for many years afterwards), its publication in the reign of his granddaughter, Queen Anne, was a cultural and political phenomenon in its own right. And as a political thinker his response to Hobbes – often dismissed – has now been reassessed as a shrewd and powerful critique.

The Clarendon conference provides an opportunity to assess the current state of Clarendon’s reputation and to encourage further work on a figure of enormous importance for historians of politics, law, history and literature. It also marks the beginning of a major project to publish a complete edition of Clarendon’s works by Oxford University Press.

Contributions are invited on all aspects of Clarendon’s life, his works and his legacy. Please contact by 31 March 2008 either Martin Dzelzainis ( or Paul Seaward ( with proposals which should not exceed 200 words. Contributions at the conference will be limited to half an hour each; proceedings will end with a keynote public lecture by Professor Blair Worden, FBA.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

London Seminar for Early Modern Visual Culture

Spring term 2008.


Monday 14 January @ 6.00pm, Seminar Room 3

Susannah Walker (UCL)

Dialogues with Enlightenment? Order and Knowledge in Print Culture during the French Restoration

Monday 4 February @ 6.00pm, Seminar Room 3

Dr Mechthild Fend (UCL)

Playing along the Iconography of Gender. Anne-Louis Girodet’s Anacreon Illustrations

Monday 25 February @ 6.00pm, Seminar Room 3

Discussion Meeting

Text to be announced

Monday 17 March @ 6.00 pm, Seminar Room 3

Dr Allison Levy (UCL)

Facing Trauma


Organised jointly by
Mechthild Fend:
Denis Ribouillault:
See or for further details

Sunday, January 06, 2008

CFP: Literature and Law: A Celebration

April 11, 2008 (Friday)
John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) (59th Street and 10th Avenue—near Lincoln Center in Manhattan)

Conference Organizer and Contact Person: Andrew Majeske,

This conference aims to bring scholars of literature and law into an interdisciplinary setting to share the fruits of their research and scholarship. The conference celebrates the restoration of John Jay’s English major with its unique literature and law emphasis.

The conference’s keynote speaker is Brook Thomas, a noted literature and law scholar and Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California Irvine. His most recent book, just published by UNC Press, is Civic Myths: A Law-and-Literature Approach to Citizenship.

We are in negotiations with the journal Law and Literature to publish full versions of the best of the papers presented at the conference in a special symposium issue.

A limited number of “Daily Show” or “The Colbert Report” tickets may be available (we are still working on this) for the evening before the conference (Thursday April 10th) on a first-come, first-served basis. These shows are taped in studios only a few blocks walk from John Jay.
We invite papers dealing with any aspect of literature and law, including papers which might address some of the following:

-Convict narratives
-Mercy and equity
-The reasonable man/person standard
-Natural, divine, and positive law
-Legal standards and presumptions
-Fictional evidence
-Proportionality and punishment
-Fairness versus equality
-Reasonable Doubt
-Lady Justice
-Blasphemy and censorship
-The legal fiction of an era

Please submit abstracts (250 words or less) to Andrew Majeske,, by Friday, January 18, 2008.
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