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)

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

News: Utopia at the British Library

SCEMS’ Cathy Shrank and Phil Withington have both contributed to a contemporary addition to the British Library’s Treasures Gallery: “Visions of Utopia”. Marking the 500th anniversary of Utopia‘s publication, the temporary display includes an original edition of Thomas More’s book Continue reading News: Utopia at the British Library