Friday, February 29, 2008

'Beware the author'

A one-day workshop on William Baldwin
University of Newcastle, 17th June 2008

Key-note speakers: Dr Tom Betteridge (Oxford Brookes); Dr Rob Maslen (Glasgow)

Baldwin was author of a diverse range of works: he edited the influential
collaborative project A Mirror for Magistrates; translated the Song of Songs
and Italian satire on Pope Paul III's descent into Hell; composed original works of
poetry and prose, including the first printed sonnet in English and the first
substantial work of prose fiction in English, Beware the Cat, generally
acknowledged as the most skilful anti-Catholic satire of its time. Baldwin's
artistry, his sophisticated understanding of narrative and playful
interrogation of 'authorship', as well as the political nature of his writing
make him long-overdue for the sort of sustained critical attention that this
one-day event is designed to promote.

Papers are welcomed on any aspect of Baldwin's writings. Please send a 200-word
abstract to by Wednesday 2nd April.

For further details, or to book a place, contact:

Reading University Early Modern Seminar

Wednesday 5 March

Dr. Marie-Louise Coolahan (National University of Ireland, Galway), ‘”If souls no sexes have”: gender and creativity in Katherine Philips’s friendship poetry’.

Seminars will take place at 5 pm in the Seminar Room, Graduate School in Arts and Humanities, Old Whiteknights House
All welcome!

Enquiries: Dr. Michelle O’Callaghan,

Columbia University Shakespeare Seminar

Meeting at the Columbia University Faculty House
Friday, March 7, 2008
Cocktails 5:00-6:00; Dinner 6:00-7:00; Meeting commences shortly after 7:00

We are pleased to present:

Lois Potter
Ned B. Allen Professor of English
University of Delaware
"Potential Shakespeares: Identity and the Early Collaborations"

Details: Adam G. Hooks at

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Seminars at the Institute of English Studies

University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1B, on Wednesday 27 February 2008. Attendance is free and all are welcome.

Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies Lunchtime Seminars: 1.00pm: Room NG16, Senate House
Hannah Crawforth (Institute of Historical Research)
“The Impact of Early Old English Studies on Renaissance Literature”

History of Libraries Research Seminar Series: 5.30pm: Room NG16, Senate House
David Pearson (Director, University of London Research Library Services)
“Durham Cathedral Library in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries”
This inaugural session will be introduced by Ian Willison, CBE, who will speak on the subject of library history research

For further details please see

Monday, February 25, 2008

Literature and History

[this from the LRS ...]

A one-day workshop on interdisciplinarity in early
modern studies

Tuesday 18th March, 11am-6pm,
School of English, Shearwood Road, University of Sheffield

Keynote speaker: Dr Colin Burrow (All Souls, Oxford)

To book a place, please email
There is no fee for this event


Andrew Motion in The Guardian, reviewing Anna Beer's timely new biography of Milton ...,,2243061,00.html

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Word and Image

Quentin Skinner will deliver the annual BBC History Magazine Lecture
at Queen Mary, University of London, on 'Word and Image in the
Philosophy of Hobbes'. The lecture is on March 18 and begins at 6.30pm
in the Skeel Lecture Theatre. The lecture is followed by a reception
and book launch. The event is free and all are welcome. To book a
place please contact, and for further details go to:

Shakespeare, Madness and Theatricality

Distracted Actors in Recent Production

by Dr. Bridget Escolme

The Globe Shakespeare and Performance Seminar for postgraduates and
scholars interested in Shakespeare studies and contemporary performance.

When: Thursday 6th of March (6pm-8pm)
Where: Shakespeare's Globe
To be followed by informal wine reception.

To attend please contact Susie Walker at

Shakespeare's Mardi Gras

The Inaugural Conference of The Louisiana Shakespeare Project,
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, October 10-11, 2008

Phebe Jensen
Utah State University
Religion and Revelry in Shakespeare's Festive World

Christopher Kendrick
Loyola University Chicago
Utopia, Carnival, and Commonwealth in Renaissance England

Richard Rambuss
Emory University
Closet Devotions


Proposals for twenty-minute papers on Shakespeare, carnival, and early modern culture are invited. Potential topics might include:
* Reconsiderations of the work of Bakhtin, C. L. Barber, and other classic theorists of carnival
* Shakespeare, performance, and carnival
* Shakespeare, film, and carnival
* Ritual, theatre, and carnival
* Gender and festive culture
* Finding carnival in all the wrong places: sermons, religious polemic, murder pamphlets, etc.
* Late medieval carnival and transitions into the Renaissance
* Reformation and carnival (or the Reformation and Lent)

300-word abstracts must be received by March 28. Send to: Alison Graham-Bertolini, Department of English, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, or by e-mail to:


The NYU English department's Colloquium on Early Literature and Culture in English (CELCE) is hosting a graduate conference organized around the theme of crossing borders across literary periods, from the medieval to early nineteenth century, on Thursday and Friday, March 13 & 14, in the Great Room at 19 University Place. The event features sixteen presenters from NYU, Columbia, U Penn, and other tristate universities, and Professor Carolyn Dinshaw as the keynote speaker. Please visit our conference web page,, for details about the program and participants. All welcome!

CELCE Coordinators,

Lea Puljcan Juric

Ruth Simon

Friday, February 22, 2008

Globe Shakespeare

'Shakespeare, Madness and Theatricality: Distracted Actors in Recent Production' by Dr. Bridget Escolme

The Globe Shakespeare and Performance Seminar for postgraduates and
scholars interested in Shakespeare studies and contemporary performance.

When: Thursday 6th of March (6pm-8pm)
Where: Shakespeare's Globe
To be followed by informal wine reception.

To attend please contact Susie Walker at

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Persecution and Martyrdom

Tyndale, More and their Circles: Persecution and Martyrdom under the Tudors
A conference for scholars of Tudor literature & religion

Liverpool Hope University, 3-6 July 2008


Principal Speakers

Prof. Brian Cummings

Professor of English, University of Sussex

'The Letter Killeth': More, Tyndale and the Unwritten Verities

Prof. Eamon Duffy

Professor of the History of Christianity, University of Cambridge

Thomas More's 'Dialogue Concerning Heresies'

Rev. Dr Ralph S. Werrell

University of Birmingham

Tyndale Versus More: The Theological Conflict

Delegates from the UK, Ireland, various Continental universities and the USA will address a range of topics on religious persecution under the Tudors. In addition to sessions on More and Tyndale there will be papers dealing with Erasmus, John Fisher, Thomas Stapleton, William Lamb, Celio Secondo Curione, Nicholas Ridley, Anne Askew, William Alabaster, William Hunne and Barnaby Rich.

Full details of the programme, registration forms and registration fees can be found on the conference's internet site or can be had by writing to the conference organisers. Registration forms and fees must be returned by Friday 13th of June 2008.

For further information contact:

Rev. Matthew Baynham
GLB 002, Hope Park

Liverpool L16 4JD


Dr John Flood
Balliol College
Oxford OX1 3BJ

The Corporate Commonwealth

On Tuesday February 26, the Columbia Early Modern Seminar is delighted to welcome Henry Turner (Rutgers), who will be speaking on "The Corporate Commonwealth: Artificial Persons and Political Bodies in Early Modern England and Beyond." The Seminar meets from 6.30 to 8pm in 411 Fayerweather Hall, Columbia University: all are welcome.

Henry Turner is the author of The English Renaissance Stage: Geometry, Poetics, and the Practical Spatial Arts, 1580-1630 (Oxford, 2006), and the editor of The Culture of Capital: Property, Cities, and Knowledge in Early Modern England (Routledge, 2002). He has recently completed Shakespeare's Double Helix, a contribution to the 'Shakespeare Now!' series published by Continuum Press forthcoming 2008).

We look forward to seeing you.

Molly Murray ( and
Alan Stewart (

London Seminar for Early Modern Visual Culture

Monday 25 February 2008 at 6 p.m.

This seminar will take the form of a discussion on the following theme:

What is Early Morden?

To help discussion and debate, we are inviting participants to read the following text attached to this email, taken from Bruno Latour, We have never been modern, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1993 (Paris, 1991), Chapter 2: "Constitution", pp. 13-48.

The seminar will take place at UCL during the spring term.

History of Art Department University College London 39-41 London WC1H 0PD

Seminar Room 3 (room 124, first floor)

Monday, February 18, 2008


March 11th 2008, 5:30pm
University of London
Senate House, Room ST275,
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Ewan Fernie (RHUL)
Simon Palfrey (Brasenose College, Oxford)

Ewan Fernie and Simon Palfrey are two of the world's leading young Shakespeare scholars, with six books and a series of brand-new original 'minigraphs' (Shakespeare Now!) behind them. Now they have broken with conventional literary criticism and created *Dunsinane* - a sequel that sees the porter's three sons each relive the temptation and terror of Macbeth. At once a compelling, heart-rending fiction and a fully embodied response to Shakespeare's masterpiece, *Dunsinane* reveals new ways forward for BOTH contemporary criticism and contemporary art.

All Welcome! For further information see

or call 01784 276 238

Milton Conference

[this via the LRS ...]
Here is an update on the forthcoming International Milton Seminar
(IMS9) in London, 6-11 July 2008. We have decided to include a
conference banquet on the evening of Thursday, 10 July, instead of the
boat ride down the Thames originally planned. The banquet will be at
the Imperial Hotel, overlooking Russell Square, at £31 per person.
Other fringe events with extra charges include "Milton in Music", a
concert of settings of Milton by Handel and other composers peformed
by the Apollo Chamber Orchestra and soloists on Tuesday evening at St
Giles Cripplegate (the church where Milton is buried), £15; and (as
alternatives, since they are both scheduled on Wednesday afternoon) a
semi-staged reading of "Samson Agonistes" at St Giles Cripplegate, £8;
and a coach trip to Milton's cottage in Chalfont St Giles, £12. The
conference fee is £135 for those registering on or before 15 May 2008
and £145 afterwards. We strongly recommend early registration, since
the fringe events (other than the conference dinner) are open to the
public, and tickets will go on public sale after 15 May. Plenary
speakers include Ian Archer, Stanley Fish, Achsah Guibbory, Geoffrey
Hill (reading his recent poems), Ann Hughes, Laura Knoppers, Nicholas
von Maltzahn, John Rumrich, Regina Schwartz, anbd Quentin Skinner, and
there will also be a lecture, open to the public, by Annabel Patterson.
Registration forms, in Word or PDF format, can be downloaded from the
website of the Institute of English Studies, Go
to the website, and then to "events" and "conferences", with a link to
the registration forms. There is also information about hotels and
other accommodations in London on the IES website. It promises to be
an excellent conference, and I look forward to seeing many of you there.
Best wishes,
Warren Chernaik

Unravelling the cypher on the page

Teaching medieval and early modern manuscripts (Bangor University, Friday 14 March 2008)

Speakers: Julia Boffey, Tom Davis, David Ganz, Christian Leitmeir, Ceridwen Lloyd Morgan, Oliver Pickering and James Willoughby.

This free one-day event will focus on the problems encountered in teaching undergraduates and postgraduates ways of transcribing, reading and dating medieval and early modern manuscripts. The appeal of these artefacts is ever increasing, as material objects of the past acquire more complex meaning in cultural and intellectual history. The event is deliberately organised in an interdisciplinary way, and it is hoped specialists from a range of disciplines will be involved. Sharing good practice and building a portfolio of teaching aids, including the use of digital editions, will form part of the programme.

To attend this event, please register at

The event is being organised by Dr Raluca Radulescu and Dr Sue Niebrzydowski in association with the English Subject Centre ( and the Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology (, For further information, please contact Sue Niebrzydowski (

Provisional Programme:

10:15: Registration and coffee

10:30-11.00: Professor David Ganz (Oxford): 'Challenges to working with early manuscripts'

11.00-12:30: Building a Teaching Portfolio:

Dr Oliver Pickering (Leeds): 'On-line teaching methods'

Dr James Willoughby (Oxford) ‘Working with photocopies'

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:00: Professor Julia Boffey (QMUL): 'Teaching MS editing skills'

Dr Ceridwen Lloyd Morgan (formerly NLW): ‘Approaches to MSS that combine text

and image'

Dr Christian Leitmeir (Bangor): 'Dealing with musical notation in composite


3:00-3:15: Tea/Coffee break

3:15-4:00: Tom Davis (Birmingham): 'Early modern approaches and electronic


4:00: Close

Life Writing

London Renaissance Seminar

Saturday 8 March, 2-5 p.m.
Room 101, 30 Russell Square,
Birkbeck College

Marie-Louise Coolahan (Nation University of Ireland, Galway), 'Women's narratives of victimhood: petitions, depositions and early modern Irish identity.'

Kate Hodgkin (University of East London), 'Look not back: time, memory and the self in early modern spiritual narrative.'

Adam Smyth (University of Reading), 'Entries and Exits: Finding Life in Parish Registers.'

University of Reading Early Modern Research Centre

Wednesday 20 February:

Dr. Jason McElligott (Merton College, Oxford) 'The Perils of Print Culture: EEBO and the I-Pod Generation'.

Seminars will take place on Wednesdays at 5 pm in the Seminar Room, Graduate School in Arts and Humanities, Old Whiteknights House. All Welcome.

Details: Michelle O'Callaghan,

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Citizen Milton

There is an excellent web site to accompany this new Milton exhibition at the Bodleian ...

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Art and Politics in Early Modern England

A one-day symposium at the King’s Manor, University of York, in association with the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Wednesday 14 May 2008.

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the relationship between art and politics in early modern England. Topics might include (but need not be restricted to): artists and patrons; propaganda and the art of political persuasion; public art and political motives; portraiture and representation; ceremony, performance, and display. Papers are welcomed which address the theme of ‘art and politics’ across a range of media including painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts and book illustration.

Please e-mail proposals to the address below by Friday 22 February. For further information please contact Dr Helen Pierce, Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Vanbrugh College, The University of York, York YO10 5DD. E-mail:

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Milton's Actresses

On Tuesday February 12, the Columbia Early Modern Seminar is delighted
to welcome Ann Baynes Coiro (Rutgers), who will be speaking on
"Milton's Actresses." The Seminar meets from 6.30 to 8pm: all are
welcome. Please note our new venue: 411 Fayerweather Hall, Columbia

Ann Baynes Coiro specializes in Milton, and seventeenth-century poetry
and drama, including women writers. She is the author of Robert
Herrick's "Hesperides" and the Epigram Book Tradition (Johns Hopkins
University Press, 1988), and the forthcoming "Dramatic Milton."

Molly Murray (
Alan Stewart (

Sunday, February 03, 2008

NYU Medieval and Renaissance Center

New Voices in Early Modern Studies at NYU: A Round Table Discussion with

Prof. Benoit Bolduc
Department of French, NYU

Prof. Jacques Lezra
Departments of Spanish & Portuguese and Comp Lit, NYU

Prof. Karen Newman
Department of English, NYU

Dean Susanne Wofford
Dean of Gallatin, NYU

Thursday, February 7, 6:15 pm
19 University Place, room 222

Reception to follow
For more information: 998-8698or email us

The Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium

... of Rutgers University, New Brunswick looks forward to hosting the following events. All are welcome.

William Kuskin (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Recursive Origins: Print History and Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 2
Thursday, Feb. 28, 4:30pm
Plangere Conference Room (305, Murray Hall)
College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
For a copy of the text to be discussed, please email

Michael Neill (University of Auckland)
"'Noises, Sounds, and Sweet Airs:' The Burden of Shakespeare's Tempest"
Thursday, March 6, 4:30pm
Plangere Conference Room (305, Murray Hall)
College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Please also mark your calendars for a one-day conference, details
"Formalisms New and Old"
Friday, April 11
College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Our schedule is periodically updated at the following website:

For further information, contact Scott Trudell:

Friday, February 01, 2008

Printed Miscellanies

For those of you interested in printed miscellanies, verse transmission, and popular reading -- my databse of verse in c17 miscellanies has shifted sites.

It's now at
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