Wednesday: Renaissance Reading Group

The last termly meeting of the Exeter  Renaissance Reading group will take place on Wednesday 27th May at 4pm in the Queen’s SCR. We will be reading some of the writings of Mary Sidney and Mary Wroth in the Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse:

Sidney – ‘To Queen Elizabeth,’ ‘Quid gloriaris?’ ‘Misericordias’ and ‘Voce mea ad Dominum’

Wroth – sonnets 23, 34, and ‘A Crown of Sonnets’ selection, all from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus.

Some things to think about might be: female literary genealogies, ideas of a female canon, how/if these writings present different views of the period to their male counterparts and divergences between women writers (e.g. class). Feel free to read works by other ‘women writers’ (e.g. Aemilia Lanyer, Aphra Behn, Katherine Philips etc) to supplement discussions. The organizers promise faithfully that the reading group will be back up and running regularly next year!


CFP: European Reformation Research Group (Plymouth, September 2009)


Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 September 2009

Department of History, University of Plymouth

Now in its nineteenth year, the European Reformation Research Group’s annual conference is the United Kingdom’s principal forum for researchers working on all aspects of the Reformation in Europe, including the British Isles, and on related subjects. This year the conference is being hosted by the University of Plymouth.

The conference provides a forum for discussion of new research by postgraduates and researchers in the early part of their careers. Contributions from more senior academics have always been an important ingredient of the conference, and papers from such scholars are also warmly welcomed. Additional bursaries for postgraduates to assist with transport costs are available on application. If you are interested in attending, please contact Liz Tingle or Elaine Fulton.

Accipe et Devora: Conference of the Early Book Society (Exeter, 9-12 July)

‘Accipe et Devora’: Packaging, Presentation and Consumption of Manuscripts and Printed Books, 1350-1550

The Eleventh Biennial Early Book Society conference, hosted by Emma Cayley, Department of French, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter, will be held at Reed Hall, University of Exeter from July 9 to July 12, 2009, with a choice of optional trips to Tintagel or Glastonbury scheduled for July 13. Please consult the EBS website for further information about booking these optional trips.

Plenary Speakers:

Prof. Linne Mooney, University of York, UK

Dr Yolanda Plumley, University of Exeter, UK

Prof. Barbara Shailor, Yale University, US

Prof. Toshiyuki Takamiya, Keio University, Japan

Papers consider aspects of the history of manuscripts and printed books from 1350-1550, including the copying and circulation of models and exemplars, style, illustration, and/or the influence of readers and patrons, artists, scribes, printers. Our particular focus is the ‘packaging’ of medieval manuscripts and early printed books, that is, the separate tasks of putting late medieval and early modern texts together (writing, abstracting, editing, correcting, illustrating, printing, and/or binding) or the repackaging of older texts for contemporary audiences. The term ‘consumption’ is frequently used in the context of luxury manuscripts or printed books produced for wealthy owners and may be read metaphorically to apply to a range of texts or to one text (though there may also be papers on literal consumption, bibliophagia, or consumption by time, worms, fire, censors).

Other papers address the transition from script to print, bibliographic issues, and the movement between French and English texts (or vice versa) and audiences. A section for ten minute papers describing recent discoveries, bibliographic notes or manuscript and rare book collections is also scheduled.

The conference is open to all EBS members. Details of how to join can be found on the EBS website . Full programme and registration details are available on the conference website.

Monday: Bate on the Good Life

University of Exeter

The 2009 Gareth Roberts Memorial Lecture will be on Monday 18 May at 4pm in Newman B. This year’s guest lecturer is Professor Jonathan Bate of the University of Warwick, who will be talking about ‘The Good Life in Shakespeare’s Plays’.

Professor Bate is known both as a leading Shakespeare scholar and a pioneering eco-critic: his works include Shakespeare and the Romantic Imagination, Romantic Ecology, The Song of the Earth, John Clare and The Genius of Shakespeare. He has edited the RSC Complete Works of Shakespeare, and his most recent book is Soul of the Age: the Life, Mind and World of William Shakespeare (2009).

Please join us for Professor Bate’s talk and for a reception afterwards in Queen’s Building SCR.

All welcome

Thomas Browne Seminar (3 June, York)

Thomas Browne Seminar Schedule

The Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, University of York will be hosting the 3rd Thomas Browne Seminar on Wednesday 3rd June. All welcome

2.00-3.00 Classical scholarship

Iain McClure (Kings College, London): ‘Milton’s “cany wagons light”, automata and the vacuity of invention.’

Edward Paleit (Exeter): ‘English classical scholarship and the merces literarum: the case of Thomas Farnaby’

3.00-4.00 Seventeenth Century Medical History

Simon Howes (Oxford): “By these Means and Helps, the excellent Hippocrates arriv’d at the top of Physick”: Thomas Sydenham and the politics of the Observationes Medicae.

Mark Jenner (York): ‘Country Tastes and a Chinese Touch? Sir John Floyer’s Senses’

4.30 [Followed by CREMS paper]

Angus Gowland (University College, London): ‘Burton, Browne, and Renaissance dream theory’

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12 May: Naomi Howell on the Tombs of Romance

The last talk in the Exeter Medieval Seminar series for this year will take place on 12 May, 4-5:30pm in MR1, the Queen’s Building.

Naomi Howell (Centre for Medieval Studies) will speak on “‘Tombs in Twelfth-Century Romances of Antiquity: Origins, Ekphrasis, and the Other”

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“Beauty is skin deep and highly coloured”: Mary Carruthers at Bristol, 27 May


Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature, New York University

Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford

The first visitor under the new BIRTHA ‘Distinguished Lecturer Scheme’


Wednesday 27th May 2009, 5 p.m.

Lecture Theatre 2, 11 Woodland Road (entrance at 3–5 Woodland Road)

The lecture will be followed by a reception, sponsored by the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts, and the Centre for Medieval Studies

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Monday: Kewes on Late Elizabethan Roman Drama

Exeter English Department Visiting Speaker Series

Paulina Kewes (Oxford): “The Politics of Roman Drama in Late Elizabethan England”

Paulina Kewes is Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Jesus College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her books include Authorship and Appropriation: Writing for the Stage in England, 1660-1710 (1998), and Drama, History, and Politics in Elizabethan England (forthcoming from Oxford University Press). Her current research focus is The Late Elizabethan Succession Crisis: The Political Debate.

Monday 11th May 2009 at 4.00pm, Queen’s Building MR 2 + 3

Next SWEMNinar: Bailey on Salmacida Spolia

The next meeting of the South West Early Modernist Network (and the last meeting of this academic year) is on Wednesday 20th May, starting at 6.30pm.  Dr Rebecca Bailey of the University of Gloucestershire will be giving a paper entitled ‘Salmacida Spolia: Showcasing a Counter-Reformation Amazon, Queen Henrietta Maria’s final masquing vision’.

Rebecca’s abstract:

This paper explores the vivid staging of the concerns of the wider Roman Catholic community before the outbreak of Civil War. In today’s largely secular society it is only too easy to dismiss the early modern Protestant’s fear of the menacing spectre of popery and the Catholic’s equally staunch determination that the old faith adapt and survive. Yet as this exploration of the last court masque Salmacida Spolia (1640) suggests these religio-political issues were vigorously debated in Caroline England; sharpened and intensified by Queen Henrietta Maria’s presence as a self-styled deliverer of the recusant community.

Through Inigo Jones’s striking martial vision of Henrietta Maria in Amazon costume Salmacida Spolia spotlights the Queen’s Counter-Reformation ambitions which she had previously so boldly staged in elite performances ranging from L’Artenice (1626) to Luminalia (1638). Such a powerful visualisation of the militant Roman Catholicism which was increasingly central to the Queen’s Court illuminates the significant fractures within the Caroline court at this translucent moment of acute cultural and religio-political collapse.

Wine will be served after Rebecca’s paper, and we will then be going on to eat in central Bath; you are welcome to join us.

Directions and a map of the campus are here. We will meet in the Castle, room CE.G01 on the ground floor. The nearest car park is next to Newton building (see map); directions to Newton Park by public transport are also on the BSU website.

We very much hope that you’ll be able to attend.