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MREMS Introductory session, including a discussion of "Popular Literacies and the First Historians of the First Crusade" by Dr Carol Symes

Join us for the first meeting of the MREMS of 2017-18. We'll be kicking off with a discussion of Dr. Carol Symes' Past & Present article, and accompanying blog post about Popular Literacies and the First Historians of the First Crusade. Dr. Symes' work addresses broader questions of literacy, the use of vernacular, material culture, and what might be meant by the term feminist history. 

Starts: Oct 25, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Early Modern English Reading Group [EMERG] - seminar 1

For this first session, Luke Prendergast has put together a brilliant, if skin-crawling, selection of insect related material for us to read and discuss, all of which can be downloaded; please do feel free to bring along your own arthropodic texts, to supplement Luke’s selection! Our intention has never been to shackle the reading group with any kind of dogmatic approach, manacled by rigid conceptions of genre, form, or critical approach, so all you need to do is come ready to participate in whatever way you want to. Also, please do circulate this invite to anyone that might be interested in joining us.

Starts: Oct 26, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Debt and doorways in Renaissance comedy

Cultural and material histories now enjoy much greater explanatory currency, as far as English drama goes, than older formalistic studies of source, influence and genre. Linking ‘debt’ and ‘doorways’, this paper will argue for a formalistic element in Renaissance comedy’s preoccupation with plots of debt, a link between the conjectural uncertainty of the time of owing, and the imaginative power of off-stage space, the space hidden behind the door. English drama, far from rejecting neoclassicism, the paper argues, embraces the imaginative power of conjectured, off-stage scenes, purging these of their libidinal and prodigal associations. The paper looks at debt and doorways in Plautus, Ariosto and Shakespeare.  

Starts: Nov 1, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Black Tudors: Three Untold Stories

Dr. Miranda Kaufmann tells the intriguing tales of three Africans: a diver employed by Henry VIII to recover guns from the wreck of the Mary Rose, a Moroccan woman baptised in Elizabethan London, and a porter who whipped a fellow servant at their master’s Gloucestershire manor house.

Starts: Mar 14, 2018 5:00:00 PM

There are a variety of other, regular seminars which run at the University of London which are relevant to the early modern period.

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