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

A masterclass in medical advertising: Emma Spary in Sheffield

Emma Spary mid-lecture, with slide defining "Drugs" in background.

On 20-21 October 2016, SCEMS welcomed Emma Spary, Reader in Modern European History at the University of Cambridge, as part of our Visiting Speaker Series. The visit, co-hosted by the Department of French, provided the occasion for an evening lecture Continue reading A masterclass in medical advertising: Emma Spary in Sheffield

How Markku Peltonen revisited England’s Revolution

Markku Peltonen mid-lecture

For our first visiting speaker of 2016–17, SCEMS was privileged to welcome Professor Markku Peltonen from the University of Helsinki, who (thanks to the generosity of the Humanities Research Institute) spent a week in Sheffield earlier this month. Best known Continue reading How Markku Peltonen revisited England’s Revolution

Book History Activities this Autumn (Spring, & beyond…)

True to our aims of engaging with our ‘interdiscipline’ in a range of ways, Book History @ Sheffield will be convening in different intellectual modes during the autumn semester and thereafter, bringing together research, theory and pedagogy. Our first session Continue reading Book History Activities this Autumn (Spring, & beyond…)

Book History & the Nineteenth Century

On Thursday 10th November, Séan Williams and Amber Regis will be bringing Book History @ Sheffield into the nineteenth century!  In collaboration with the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies we will explore what Book History means for work on nineteenth-century texts. Continue reading Book History & the Nineteenth Century

Ben Jonson: registration now open

Registration is now open for ‘Ben Jonson’s Workes and Their Contexts’, an interdisciplinary conference marking the 400th anniversary of Ben Jonson’s folio Workes (printed in 1616). Its publication was a landmark in English literary history, grouping together Jonson’s work in Continue reading Ben Jonson: registration now open