Andy Kesson and Before Shakespeare

Sheffield postgraduate Cat Evans reports on the lecture, ‘Peculiar Houses: Building public theatres in Elizabethan London’ given by Dr Andy Kesson (University of Roehampton, London) on 5 October 2017, and on the masterclass he gave the following day. Andy Kesson Continue reading Andy Kesson and Before Shakespeare

Cavendishes, Castles and Special Collections: IPA670

New opportunity for postgraduates studying the region’s early modern past More information is now available about the new MA module in Interdisciplinary Early Modern Studies (IPA670) which kicks off this autumn: This 15-credit course presents an opportunity to explore local early Continue reading Cavendishes, Castles and Special Collections: IPA670

Chaos in the Commonplace Book

Alison Horgan unravelled the complexities of commonplace book structures in her talk for Book History @ Sheffield. Intriguing spaces where chaos is both allowed free rein and corralled by organisational principles, commonplace books create new poetic configurations and patterns from Continue reading Chaos in the Commonplace Book

Rethinking Time via the Early Modern Almanac

Back in the crisp days of March, Book History @ Sheffield heard a fabulous paper from Sheffield PhD student, Catherine Evans. In her talk, ‘Pleating Time in Early Modern Almanacs’, Catherine reported back on archival research completed during a four Continue reading Rethinking Time via the Early Modern Almanac

Printing Agents: A New Book History Project at SCEMS

  June 28th will see the first formal gathering of Printing Agents, a new network established to galvanise research into the connections between print culture and regional identity.

Miscellanies, a Disappearing Poet and a Metaphysical Jester

When does a commonplace book become a miscellany? When does a miscellany become a text book and when is John Donne not a metaphysical poet? In the eighteenth century, that’s when. Adam Rounce’s article in the current edition of Eighteenth-Century Continue reading Miscellanies, a Disappearing Poet and a Metaphysical Jester

Dutch Politics in the Sheffield Vaults

On a superb visit to Western Bank Library’s Special Collections – hosted by the wonderful archivist, Amanda Bernstein – we went to the deepest darkest dungeon to admire the University’s extensive rare book collection. Special Collections house a treasure trove Continue reading Dutch Politics in the Sheffield Vaults

Lost Books

SCEMS member and occasional book historian Dr Iona Hine offers some reflections based on her recent review of Lost Books (ed. Andrew Pettegree & Flavia Bruni; Leiden: Brill, 2016)

Jonson in Sheffield: as it happened

Intoxicants presentation at SCEMS Jonson 400 day

Last weekend, Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies hosted a celebration of Ben Jonson and the 400th anniversary of his Workes. With more than a dozen people presenting, this was a full and thought-provoking symposium. Speakers reflected on Jonson’s works Continue reading Jonson in Sheffield: as it happened

Reconstructing Archives with Tim Raylor

Tim Raylor with map of Hobbe's Peaks trip

The last of this season’s SCEMS Visiting Speakers was Tim Raylor, Professor of English at Carleton College, Minnesota. A literary scholar who has spent a career developing keen archival skills, our visitor used this occasion to share work-in-progress. Sheffield postgraduate (and Continue reading Reconstructing Archives with Tim Raylor