Friday, January 28, 2011

Teaching the English Civil War

Thursday 3rd March, Bowland Lecture Theatre, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Run by the English Subject Centre and the Centre for Renaissance and Early
Modern Studies, York. Please register at:

Thursday 3rd March
Bowland Lecture Theatre, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Marcus Nevitt (Sheffield), Cleveland or Davenant-related
Jonathan Brockbank, (York) City Walls and Milton's Sonnets

Gweno Williams, Teaching Margaret (and William) Cavendish
Kevin Killeen, Women, poetics and the return of Royalist vehemence

1.00-2.00 Lunch

Piers Brown (York), Book-history and the Civil War
Iain McClure (Epsom), 'Theory and Canon'

Elizabeth Scott-Baumann (Oxford), 'Anthologising Women Poets of the English
Civil War'
Jerome de Groot, Crawford Gribben, 'Anthologising the British civil wars'

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Royal Touch in Tudor England

Stephen Brogan (President, Birkbeck Early Modern Society)

Saturday 19th February 2011 2.00 pm

Institute of Historical Research
Malet Street, Senate House WC1

Historical Association members free
Visitors £3 – no need to pre-book – join as a branch member (£10 p.a.) on the day and admission refunded
Enquiries: email, or tel. 020-7323-1192


London Renaissance Seminar
Birkbeck College, February 12 1.30pm-5.30pm
Organisers: Sue Wiseman and Lucy Munro

Where is Jonson on the eve of his new edition? This seminar brings together current work on Jonsoin and offers an opportunity to discuss the last decade of extraordinary developments in Jonson studies and, of course, the next. Speakers will discuss the Jonson’s drama, his big walk, his politics and classical learning.
Speakers include:

Professor Martin Butler (Leeds) 'Ben Jonson: Catholic dramatist'
Professor Julie Sanders (Nottingham) ‘Jonson’s walk: the Midlands connection’
Dr Victoria Moule (King’s College, London) ‘Jonson’s appropriations of Pindar: the masques’
To be followed by a round table discussion: Jonsons then, now and to come….
The seminar will be held in Birkbeck, in or near Malet Street, London WC1. Room to be confirmed

For further information please contact

Saturday, January 22, 2011

“Children and Childhood in the English Renaissance”

Call for Papers
International Symposium, Universität Siegen (Arthur‐Woll Haus), 10 to 11 February 2012

Despite the fact that the terms “child” and “childhood” have inspired
scholars of various disciplines and ages, the representation of
childhood in the time of the English Renaissance remains an
under‐investigated topic. The reasons for this oversight are manifold.
Although Philip Ariès’s thesis that childhood was discovered in the
eighteenth century has meanwhile been revised (see, for instance, Orme
and Hanawalt on the Middle Ages, or Pollock on the Early Modern Period),
comprehensive studies of childhood in the Renaissance are still
comparatively scarce. This is the more deplorable since the Renaissance
can be regarded as a transitional period between the Middle Ages and the
increasing influence of Puritanism in the seventeenth century, with its
focus on childhood as a crucial period in spiritual life. In fact,
childhood is a central topic of Renaissance literature. The dramatic
works of Shakespeare are a case in point: the parent‐child relationship,
for instance, is of prominent significance in many of the Bard’s
principal tragedies. In Romeo and Juliet and King Lear it is precisely
this relationship that stands in the core of the tragedy causing the
ultimate end of the protagonists. Besides, the concept of childhood was
also a part of the state apparatus. Elizabeth I was often represented as
“the mother of the nation” and a pelican who feeds her subjects,
respectively children with her own flesh. While scholars have frequently
focused on the maternal side of such metaphors, the implications of
childhood are yet understudied. Last but not least, one could think of
the emergence of numerous books on education and teaching methods for
children by Mulcaster or Ascham who certainly develop their own concepts
of childhood and adolescence.

The international symposium at the University of Siegen therefore seeks
to explore a wide range of questions related to the representation of
childhood in this widely neglected period in childhood studies. Papers
are invited on various topics dealing with the representation of
children and the development of the concept “childhood” in the
Renaissance. Suggested topics may include:

Representation of Children in literature, the visual arts and music

Conceptualizations of Childhood (e.g. in philosophy, rhetoric, science)

Childcare (medical advice, handbooks, nursing, swaddling etc.)

Educational issues

Children’s literature, toys and games

Family relationships

Childhood and religion

Royal children
Please send your proposals (200‐300 words) for papers of c. 20 minutes
to both am.englit‐ AND drenkov@anglistik.uni‐
The deadline for proposals is 28 February 2011. Selected papers will be
published in the conference proceedings. Contact: Dr. des. Boris Drenkov and Prof. Dr. Anja Müller, Universität Siegen, FB3: Sprach‐, Literatur‐ und Medienwissenschaften, Anglistik II: Literatur‐ und Kulturwissenschaft, Adolf‐Reichwein‐Str. 2, 57076 Siegen,

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Book Destruction

One-day conference on burning, pulping, defacing, tearing, drowning, cutting, burying, and eating books.

16 April 2011

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

Organisers: Dr Gill Partington and Dr Adam Smyth (Birkbeck, London).

Registration fees: £25 standard, £15 speakers/students

Enquiries: Jon Millington, Events Officer, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; tel +44 (0) 207 664 4859;

Details here

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


SPRING MEETING, 2011, Saturday 19 March 2011


Venue: In Birmingham Central Library on Saturday 19 March 2011. There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm, and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

We currently intend that each session will have two papers, for which proposals are invited.

Please send proposals to Professor Thomas N. Corns no later than 11 February 2011.

Thomas N. Corns
Joint Convener

Reading Conference in Early Modern Studies, 18-20 July 2011

Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading

The Reading Early Modern Conference continues to establish itself as the place where early modernists meet each July for stimulation, conversation and debate. As in previous years, proposals of individual papers and panels are invited on the most interesting developments and research in any aspect of early modern studies relating to Britain, Europe and the wider world. This year we will be joined by Professor Andrew Hadfield (Sussex) and Professor Howard Hotson (Oxford) as our plenary speakers.

The informal theme of the conference this year will be Communication and Exchange. We hope that this might provoke new thinking and debate on such questions as:

• What forms did communication and information take – oral, printed, numerical or even visual – how did its forms change and how was it circulated?
• What did people know about the world outside their own immediate spheres in the early modern period? How did farmers know about prices and innovations, migrants about opportunities, landowners about their estates, merchants about the supply of and demand for goods, laity and clergy about religious innovation and the subjects of princes about the policies of their monarchs?
• What new techniques for the calculation and expression of information appeared? How far were they driven by the needs of commerce? And who were the people who offered professional information skills – secretaries, surveyors, lawyers – or who brokered information for profit?
• How far was information managed by government through propaganda and censorship or the maintenance of secrecy?
• How did the stock of knowledge of the world increase through the endeavours of seamen, merchants, factors and adventurers as well as scientists, and travel writers, and what part did patronage and the commerce in books and manuscripts play?
• What role was taken by the aesthetic in the processes of communication and exchange? Did changing practices of communication stimulate the emergence of new genres? How can we understand translation and imitation in terms of cultural exchange?

Proposals for panels should consist of a minimum of two and a maximum of four papers. Each panel proposal should contain the names of the session chair, the names and affiliations of the speakers and short abstracts (200 word abstracts) of the papers together with email contacts for all participants. A proposal for an individual paper should consist of a 200 word abstract of the paper with brief details of affiliation and career.

Proposals for either papers or panels should be sent by email to the chairman of the Conference Committee, Professor Richard Hoyle, by 31 January 2011,

Proposals are especially welcome from postgraduates. The conference hopes to make some money available for postgraduate bursaries. Anyone for whom some financial assistance is a sine qua non for their attendance should mention this when submitting their proposal.

*Call for Participants: Staged Reading Saturday 7th May 2011 at CCCU*

The Department of English and Language Studies at Canterbury Christ Church
University are looking for participants to take part in a staged-reading
of John Fletcher and Nathan Field's Jacobean play, "The Honest Man's
Fortune", at CCCU on Saturday May 7th 2011.

There are a number of entertaining roles available for participants who
wish to take part in the reading. The play itself, originally performed in
1613, has some interesting and at times, downright bizarre instances of
gender games upon the early modern stage.

No acting experience is necessary as this one day event favours a
'reading' of this fascinating play over 'performance' and will culminate
with a round-table discussion of the many issues associated with the play.

If you are interested in taking part in this event, please contact Steve
Orman, for more information.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Marlowe's London: A Discovery

Date: Saturday 09 April 2011, starting at 11:00am.

Speaker: Andrew Davies, who is an author, broadcaster, lecturer for NADFAS and the National Trust, and Extra-Mural Tutor for London, Essex and The Open University.

Venue: The Rose Theatre, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AS [Map]. Nearest Station: London Bridge.

Info: Open to both members and non-members. Contact Event Organiser Frieda Barker for more info.

Booking: Tickets priced £10 each (£5 for concessions) can be booked in advance by application to the Society Treasurer, Bruce Young and by using one of the usual payment methods (cheque, internet bank transfer, or PayPal). Tickets can also be purchased on the day at The Rose box office, if still available.

Summary: Marlowe's turbulent life reflected the rumbustious changes sweeping through Elizabethan London. Here was an invigorating city marked by Armada, religious conflict, intrigue, cruelty and rapid social and economic change. The lecture will explore this extraordinary ferment.

Facilities: Note that The Rose has limited toilet facilities, although patrons are able to use the facilities at The New Globe around the corner. Tea and coffee will be on sale.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Conference: Editing Donne

The editors of the Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne are delighted to announce that on 26 March 2011, we will host the first of three AHRC-funded events: Editing Donne. This conference will appeal to scholars and students of the writings of John Donne, notably his sermons; to those engaged in textual criticism and bibliographical studies in the Early Modern period (and beyond), as well as to those with an interest in the historical, cultural, and religious milieu that forms the backdrop to Donne's sermons.

We are very excited to have Claire Preston (Cambridge) as conference respondent.

Other speakers to include: Peter McCullough (Oxford); David Colclough (Queen Mary); Katrin Ettenhuber (Cambridge); Erica Longfellow (Kingston); Mary Ann Lund (Leicester); Mary Morrissey (Reading); Emma Rhatigan (Sheffield); Hugh Adlington (Birmingham); Philip West (Oxford); Sebastiaan Verweij (Oxford).

Student bursaries available.

For more information please visit:

Nigel Smith, x2

Postgraduate seminar

School of English, Trinity College Dublin

“Andrew Marvell's sense of humour: Wit, evil, and why we should read him”

Professor Nigel Smith (Princeton)

1-2pm, Friday 21 January 2011, Seminar Room, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

Professor Smith is the editor of the Longman Marvell edition and the author of Perfection Proclaimed: Language and Literature in English Radical Religion, 1640-1660 (1989), Literature & Revolution in England, 1640-1660 (1994) and Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon (Yale UP, 2010).

All postgraduates are welcome. Please contact for further details.

H.O. White lecture

School of English and Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

“Words vs. Music from Plato to Bono”

Professor Nigel Smith (Princeton)

4-5:30pm, Friday 21 January 2011, Neill Hoey Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

Professor Smith plays bass guitar in Rackett and is the author, most recently, of Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon (Yale UP, 2010).

The lecture will be followed by a reception and the School of English book launch in the Ideas Space, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.

All are welcome. Please contact for further details.

Performing the Book: Multi-Media Histories of Early Modern Britain

February 11, 2011, 9AM to 6:30 PM

Alexander Library, 4th floor
169 College Avenue
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Recent scholarship in media theory, digital culture, and the history of
the material text has opened up new ways of thinking about intersections
of pen, print, sound, and performance in the early modern period. The
categories of "new" and "multi" media, in particular, gather special
relevance in the multifarious literary and performative terrain of
sixteenth-, seventeenth-, and eighteenth-century Britain. This
conference offers an opportunity for scholars in disciplines including
English, Music, History, and Performance Studies to address the
following questions:

How can scholarship on acoustic and performative multi-media in early
modern Britain contribute to or intervene in methodologies associated
with the history of the book? How can we theorize the categories of
"book" and "text" in relation to the circulation and performance of
sound? How can studies of the early modern acoustic world nuance the
received wisdom about bibliographic and literary cultures and
traditions? What media technologies and protocols were understood as new
during this period, and how were they associated with literary, musical,
or theatrical collectives? What does early modern aural performance tell
us, or ask us to reconsider, about the hybridity of media from Gutenberg
to Google?

Speakers include Bruce R. Smith (University of Southern California,
English), Christopher Marsh (Queen's University, Belfast, History),
Leslie C. Dunn (Vassar College, English), Juliet Fleming (New York
University, English), R. Malcolm Smuts (University of Massachusetts,
Boston, History), Gary Tomlinson (University of Pennsylvania, Music),
Michael Plunkett (City University of New York, English), Tessie Prakas
(Yale University, English), Scott Trudell (Rutgers University, English)
and Thomas Ward (University of Pennsylvania, English).

This event is free and open to the public.To register, or if you are
interested in attending via live webcast, please email *Scott Trudell*
( by February 7, 2011.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Society, Culture and Belief, 1500-1800
'Global Connections'

Thursday 13 January:

Dr Emma Spary
'Making French Coffee, 1670-1730: Networks, Trade Routes and

Institute of Historical Research, Ecclesiastical History Room, 5.30pm

All welcome! For further information and the rest of the term's seminars, please

Monday, January 10, 2011


The English Department and Andrew Marvell Centre at the University of Hull are pleased to announce a jointly organised lecture in the English research seminar series:

Monday 24 January, 4.30 pm, Graduate School Seminar Room

NIGEL SMITH, William and Anne S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature at Princeton University, US:


Nigel Smith graduated from Hull in 1980 with a degree in English and History. He then spent nearly twenty years in Oxford and the last eleven in Princeton. He recently published a biography of Andrew Marvell, the 17th-century poet and campaigner for toleration, who was one of Hull's M.P.s between 1659 and 1678. He was also a spy, clandestine pamphleteer, satirist and had a decidedly unusual private life, about which he was particularly secretive. After William Wilberforce, he may be the city's most famous native, or perhaps he is its most famous historical figure.
Smith's biography of Marvell was published in the UK in October by Yale University Press, was Book of the Week in The Guardian, and has been extremely well-received in The Independent and the London Review of Books. Smith has been
interviewed on BBC Radio 3's Nightwaves and on BBC Radio Humberside.

Everybody welcome

For further details contact Ann Heilmann ( or Janet Clare (
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