Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Early Modern Paratexts 2013

University of Bristol, Clifton Hill House, Friday 26th July

9.00-9.30              Registration and Coffee

9.30-9.40              Seating and Welcome

9.40-11.00            Panel 1, Wills Reception Room                    

People of the Paratext

Danielle Clarke, University College Dublin
‘Early Modern Women’s Poetry, Form and Paratext’

Colm MacCrossan, Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership, Oxford Performing Patronage in the Headers of Richard Hakluyts The Principal Navigations (1598-1600)

Tamara Atkin, Queen Mary, and Emma Smith, Hertford College Oxford
Actors, Speakers and Personated Persons: Character Lists as Paratexts in Early Modern Plays

11.00-11.30                   Coffee

11.30-12.50                   Panel 2, Wills Reception Room                    

Prefacing the Text                  

Ben Crabstick, Independent Scholar
‘ “I shall deserve of the age: Humphrey Moseley and the Publishers Preface

Harriet Archer, Christ Church College Oxford
Rewriting History: The Unstable Texts and Paratexts of John Higginss Mirror for Magistrates (1574-1587)

Harry Newman, Kent
‘ “[M]y intentions herein are honest and iust: Prefacing Printed Gynaecological and Obstetrical Texts in Early Modern England

Panel 3, Symonds Music Room                 

‘And another thing ...’

Tom Charlton, Stirling
‘ “Place these three Letters as marked: the Reliquiæ Baxterianæ, Interpolation and Paratext

Marion Löffler, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies
Translation, Education and Politics: Paratexts in 1790s Wales   

Martina Pranić, Free University Berlin
The Meaning in the Paratext: Changing Perspectives on  Marin Držićs Conspiratorial Episode

12.50-2.00            Lunch

2.00-3.20              Panel 4, Wills Reception Room      

The Paratext Proper

Camilla Temple, Bristol
‘The Emblem Book Epic and its Trans-European Readership: a Sixteenth-century Edition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Sophie Butler, New College Oxford
‘ “I Present thee Reader with no excellencies: Paratextual Readers and Writers of Essays in Early Modern England

Katherine Hunt, Birkbeck
Shuffled Knowledge: Text and Paratext in Early Modern Didactic Playing Cards

                                    Panel 5, Symonds Music Room       

Disrupting Reading

Bláithín Hurley, St Johns College Cambridge
Paratextual Paradigms or Decorative Distractions: Illustrations in the Music Instrument Manuals of Sylvestro di Ganassi

Lynsey McCulloch, Coventry, and Rob Tovey, Worcester
Designing the Early Modern Frontispiece: All this literature is book-nurtured and book-bound” ’

Rachel Stenner, Bristol
Books and Things: William Caxtons Erroneous Texts

3.20-3.50              Tea

3.50-5.10              Panel 6, Wills Reception Room      

Shaping and Reshaping

Peter Kirwan, Nottingham
‘ “The doubtful title, gentlemen, prefixed: Paratextual Truth Claims and Authenticity in the Shakespeare Apocrypha” ’

Judith Atty, Queen Mary
Changing Paratext, Changing Meaning: from Les Antiquitez to Ruines of Rome

Laura Moretti, Emmanuel College Cambridge
Ensuring Popularity: the Clever Use of Paratext in the Multiple Editions of a Japanese Early Modern Bestseller

                                    Panel 7, Symonds Music Room       

Reading Materials

Peter Auger, Oxford
Printed Marginalia as Punctuation

Lucy Razzall, Emmanuel College Cambridge
‘Printed Repositories in Early Modern England’

Rebecca Bullard, Reading
‘Signs of the times?  Reading Signatures in Two Late Seventeenth-century Secret Histories’

5.10-5.20              Comfort Break

5.20-6.10              Plenary Address, Wills Reception Room

Helen Smith, York
‘Negotiating Paratexts’

6.10-6.30              Closing Discussion, Wills Reception Room

6.30-8.00              Drinks Reception

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Early Modern Studies in Scotland Seminar

The Hand in the Text: Renaissance Acts of Writing and Printerventions
A one-day symposium exploring the agency of the hand in textual transmission
Hosted by Centre for Early Modern Studies, Aberdeen
Saturday 25th May 2013
Sir Duncan Rice Library

12.30-1: Tea, Coffee & Welcome
1 – 2.45: Scribes and Scripts
Sebastiaan Verweij (Oxford), In Praise of Scottish Scribes
Steve W. May (Emory/Sheffield), Matching Hands in English Renaissance Manuscripts: A Case Study
Jonathan Gibson (Open University), Varieties of Italic
2.45-3.15: Tea and Coffee
3.15 – 4.30: Re-descriptions: the hand in the printed text.
Katherine Acheson (Waterloo), Writing in Bibles: The Example of Folger 2190 (1603)
Fred Schurink (Northumbria), Re-Reading Tudor Translation from the Margin: Gabriel Harvey’s Annotations to Richard Morison’s Stratagems (1539)

For further information please contact the organiser Andrew Gordon:

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Renaissance at Birkbeck: Arts Week

All events at 43 Gordon Square

Wednesday 22 May
‘Remembering Myself: Memory and Identity in the Renaissance’
Panel with three speakers: Dr Adam Smyth, Dr Gillian Woods, Sue Wiseman.

Wednesday 22 May 7.40-9
'Casta Paintings and the Colonial Body: Embodying Race in Spanish America'
Professor Rebecca Earle (Warwick)

Thursday 23 May 6.00pm
'Mute Poetry, Speaking Pictures: A Book and Some Afterthoughts’
Professor Leonard Barkan (Princeton)
Peltz Room.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

The Birkbeck Medieval and Renaissance Studies Summer School: On the River

26-28 June 2013

The 2013 Birkbeck Medieval and Renaissance Summer School will deliver exciting, cutting-edge research to postgraduates and early-career scholars, and will help participants develop crucial research skills. Hosted by Birkbeck, University of London, and located in the heart of Bloomsbury, the Summer School draws together some of Britain’s foremost scholars of Medieval and Renaissance literature, art, culture and history.

This year’s theme is ‘On the River’. We will, of course, take in Shakespeare’s Bankside and the maritime riches of Greenwich as well as Walton’s fishermen. The programme also includes a hands-on workshop in the British Library map room; lectures by Professor Paul Strohm (Columbia) and Professor Julie Sanders (Nottingham). We hope to have a print workshop (back by popular demand), to visit Greenwich and discuss maps at the British Library. There will be opportunities, too, to talk about your own research interests. Workshops and seminars will be led by Birkbeck staff including Anthony BaleZoltan BiedermannStephen ClucasJess FennAdam SmythSue WisemanGillian Woods.

A limited number of scholarships will be available to students from Britain or overseas. These will vary in size but may be up to £100 plus full remission of the fee. Please send a one-page CV and a statement outlining your research interests and your reasons for applying for the scholarship (up to 350 words).  These need to be submitted as word documents clearly labelled SCHOLARSHIPS. Please e-mail these to by Wednesday May 8.

Details and booking forms here.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Early Modern Approaches to the Imagination

University of Warwick, 17th July

A one day interdisciplinary colloquium on early modern approaches to the imagination is to be held at the University of Warwick on 17th July.  Themes will include (among others) the imagination and dreams, the poetic imagination, imagination and trauma in literature, conversion and the imagination, the demonic imagination, the musical imagination, theological approaches to the imagination, and the imagination and health. Speakers include Angus Gowland, Koen Vermeir, Helen Smith, Bernard Capp, Freya Sierhuis, Katharine Craik, Lesel Dawson and Jacomien Prins.
Further details, including how to register, can be found here:


Matching up the margins: across Gabriel Harvey’s books
Dr Matthew Symonds (Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, UCL)
How Gabriel Harvey read his Castiglione
Dr Chris Stamatakis (English Department, UCL)
Respondent: Professor Lisa Jardine (Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, UCL)

UCL, Foster Court 233
Wednesday 29 May, 4.30 pm
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