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March 2019

Lanyer Anniversary – Helen Wilcox

7 March @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Diamond, LT2

To celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of Aemelia Lanyer, the School of English is hosting Professor Helen Wilcox, Professor in Early Modern Literature at Bangor University. She has published extensively on devotional writing (including Lanyer, Donne, and Herbert) and women's writing (including Women and Literature in Britain, 1500-1700). This event will also feature papers on Lanyer from some of School's undergraduates and a short reading from her work. All welcome.

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Alvar Blomgren, ‘‘The cause of loyalty and love’: Political mobilisation and emotional practices in Nottingham during the 1790s’

21 March @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jessop West Seminar Room 3

This paper examines royalist responses to the challenge of radicalism following the French revolution. In Nottingham, the Tory establishment saw themselves as threatened by the inflamed passions of the town’s working population, which – the Tories believed – caused them to turn away from the existing political order. In order to restore this lost social unity, I argue, the Tories used a range of emotional practices designed to modulate these troublesome emotions. Through a combination of charivari rituals, electoral practices,…

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Rachel Small, ‘Putting the humor back into early modern food studies’

28 March @ 1:05 pm - 2:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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Univeristy of Leicester PhD student Rachel Small talks to the title: 'Putting the humor back into early modern food studies' Archaeological studies of food have generally taken an isolationist approach: they have tended to consider animal and plant remains separately and have largely failed to integrate written sources. Furthermore, interpretations have tended to focus on economics or on identifying aspects of identity (most commonly social status). A major omission has been that evidence has seldom been interpreted within the ontological…

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April 2019

Thomas Whitfield, “Wilkes and Liberty” – Punch bowls and the later-eighteenth-century Wilkite agitations

4 April @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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Newcastle PhD Student Thomas Whitfield speaks on the topic of "Wilkes and Liberty". The consumption of alcohol is well recognised as being an important practice in the formation of community and in the assertion and negotiation of individual and group identity (Dietler 2006). This is particularly true in the context of the eighteenth century, when the techniques, technologies and practices of alcohol consumption grew to become more complex than in any previous period of history. Of particular note in eighteenth-century…

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May 2019

Annaliese Connolly | ‘Helen’s Song in George Peele’s The Arraignment of Paris’

9 May @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jessop West Seminar Room 3

This event has been cancelled due to illness.

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Rachel Fennell | ‘That this should be my body I doubt’: John Lyly’s Endymion and the grotesque Sleeping Beauty

16 May @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jessop West Seminar Room 3

Rachel Fennell, a PhD student at the University of Durham, will be presenting on her research about the Sleeping Beauty motif in early modern texts. Sleeping Beauty is one of the most iconic figures of European fairy tale literature today, but the motif of the sleeping corpse also particularly captured the imagination of medieval and early modern writers. From Gower to Dekker, Boccaccio to Middleton, the enduring appeal of the body that inhabits the liminal space between sleep and death…

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October 2019

Amanda Herbert, ‘Recipes and Research: Approaches to Food, Medicine, Science, and Culture’

2 October @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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For our first SCEMS event of the year, we have the honour of hosting Dr Amanda Herbert of the Folger Shakespeare Library. On Tuesday 1 October, Dr Herbert will be speaking at the History Department Research Seminar on the appropriation and incorporation of Atlantic- and Pacific-world foods into seventeenth and eighteenth century British diets (specific title to be confirmed). This is open to all without booking, and will take place in the usual slot at 4.15 in room G.03, Jessop…

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November 2019

Cora James and Andrea Paquin – Early Modern Drama

7 November @ 1:05 pm - 2:00 pm
9 Mappin Street G03, 9 Mappin Street
Sheffield, S1 4DT
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Cora James (Sheffield) and Andrea Paquin (York) will be presenting work derived from their PhD research. Cora James is researching the creative input of actresses into Restoration drama, and Andrea Paquin works on early modern boy players.

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Vassiliki Markidou, ‘The uses of (dis)remembering in early modern autobiographical verse’

14 November @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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Prof. Vassiliki Markidou of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens will be giving a paper entitled 'The uses of (dis)remembering in early modern autobiographical verse: "The Memorandum of Martha Moulsworth, Widow"'. Vassiliki Markidou is Assistant Professor in English Literature and Culture at the Department of English Language and Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her research interests lie in 16th, 17th and 18th century English literature as well as travel literature, and she has published on writers including…

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December 2019

José A. Pérez Díez, ‘Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, count de Gondomar’

12 December @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
The Diamond, Workroom 2 (G05), 32 Leavygreave Road
Sheffield, S3 7RD United Kingdom
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Dr José A. Pérez Díez (Leeds) will be giving a paper on Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, count de Gondomar, his library, and his probable connections with the professional theatre in London. Gondomar is a fascinating figure remembered in particular for his role in attempting to bring about a marriage between Prince Charles and the Infanta Maria Anna of Spain, and for being satirised in Thomas Middleton's _A Game at Chess_

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