Trinity Term 2013
The seminar will meet in the Habakkuk Room, Jesus College, on Mondays at 5 p.m. All are very welcome (including undergraduates).
22 April - Blair Worden, St Edmund Hall, Oxford, ‘Power and virtue in Jonson’s tragedies’
29 April - Freyja Cox Jensen, University of Exeter, ‘Caveat Emptor: buying and selling the classical past’
6 May - Jon Parkin, St Hugh’s ‘Self-censorship in early modern England’
13 May - Bart van Es, St Catherine’s College, Oxford, ‘Shakespeare’s Children’
20 May - no seminar
27 May - Nigel Smith, Princeton University, ‘Retranslating the Bible in Interregnum England’
3 June - Nicholas McDowell, University of Exeter, ‘Milton, regicide, and republicanism: the composition and publication of The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates’
10 June - Leif Dixon, Brasenose College, Oxford, “That most badde man’: charcterising atheism in early modern pastoral literature’
Susan Brigden, Alexandra Gajda, George Southcombe
Mondays, 5 pm; Rees Davies Room, History Faculty
29 April - Nubar Gianighian and Pallina Pavanini (Università Iuav di Venezia)
Building and building land in Renaissance Venice
6 May - Ada Palmer (Texas A&M University)
Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance
13 May - Georg Christ (University of Manchester)
The Papal embargo on Levant trade and the Italian merchant's coping strategies (c. 1291-1360s)
The conveners are very grateful to Mr David Rowe for his generous support of this term’s seminar series.
Conveners: Martin McLaughlin, Nicholas Davidson (Information: email@example.com)
5pm, Tuesdays (wks 1, 4, 5, 7)
Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road
23 April (wk 1)
JOSHUA TEPLITSKY (Oxford)
The Chief Rabbi, the Jesuit Censor, and the Habsburg Monarchy: Politics and Polemics in Early Modern Prague
14 May (wk 4)
CHIARA FRANCESCHINI (Warburg)
A History of Limbo: Visual and Material Sources, 1400-1600
21 May (wk 5)
CAROLINE BOWDEN (Queen Mary UL)
Medicine and Health Care in the English Convents in Exile: Conventual Sources and Their Creators
4 June (wk 7)
CHRISTOPHER CARLSMITH (MA-Lowell)
Nicolò Cologno: A Sixteenth-Century Schoolmaster in the Venetian Republic
Contact: Clare Copeland and Nicholas Davidson: www.emcoxford.wordpress.com
Breakfast Room, Merton College, 5pm
Tuesday of 1st week (23 April):
Jonathan Hope (Strathclyde): ‘Visualising English Print, 1450-1800: Digital Tools and Literary History’
Tuesday of 3rd week (7 May):
Hannah Crawforth (Cambridge): ‘Homely Language and the Language of Homily in John Donne's Sermons’
Tuesday of 5th week (21 May):
Richard McCoy (City University of New York): ‘"Take Pains, Be Perfect": Bottom as Actor in A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Tuesday of 7th week (4 June):
Anna Hartmann (Christ Church): ‘The Strange Antiquity of the New Atlantis: A New Perspective on Francis Bacon's Utopian Writing’
Rhodri Lewis, David Norbrook, Diane Purkiss, Tiffany Stern
All interested are welcome. Drinks will be served after the papers.
This Trinity sees eight of Oxford's finest presenting new and exciting research on early modern literature and culture, on topics ranging from Shakespearean love, the architecture of Elizabethan theatres, an early Scots manuscript miscellany and the printing of music theory books. So please join us for a hot drink and discussion at 5PM in the Breakfast Room of Merton College, on the alternative weeks to the forum's parent event, the Early Modern Literature Graduate Seminar.
WEEK 2: Tuesday, April 30
1.) Rebecca Marsland (St Hilda's): The Reception and Inheritance of Complaint in Sixteenth-Century Scotland: the Case of the Asloan Manuscript
2.) Abi Ballantyne (Exeter): Judging a Music-Theory Book by its Cover: Regole di Musica in Early Modern Italy
WEEK 4: Tues, May 14
1.) Will Badger (Pembroke): Wilde Justice, Merry Wives: Shakespeare and the Local Witchcraft Trial
2.) Danielle Yardy (Keble): Thomas More and the Heretics: Towards a Poetics of Punitive Burning
WEEK 6: Tues, May 28
1.) Edgar Mao (LMH): Playhouse Architecture and Commercial Drama in London in the 1560s-1590s: With Special Attention to the Rose
2.) Rachel McPherson (Worcester): Love at First Sight in Romeo and Juliet and Anthony and Cleopatra
WEEK 8: Tues, June 11
1.) Riki Miyoshi (St Peter's): Thomas Killigrew and the Carolean Stage Rivalry in London, 1663-1668
2.) Boyd Brogan (Merton): Medicine and Milton's Maske
The following seminars will be given at 2pm on Wednesdays in the MacGregor room, Oriel. Conveners: Lyndal Roper, John-Paul Ghobrial
24 Apr: ‘Belief and belonging in seventeenth-century Baghdad: the case of Elias of Babylon’
Susanna Burghartz, Basel
1 May: ‘Reformation or renaissance? The fascination with and repression of sexuality in the sixteenth century’
Francesca Trivellato, Yale
8 May: ‘Between usury and the “spirit of commerce”: Montesquieu, Jews and emancipation in eighteenth-century France’
Melissa Calaresu, Cambridge
15 May: ‘Eating ice cream on the streets of Naples: sociability and consumption in the eighteenth century’
22 May: ‘Building a library, collecting a reputation: a Jewish bibliophile in eighteenth-century Prague’
Barend ter Haar
29 May: ‘Where are China’s witches?’
Mary Laven, Cambridge
5 Jun: ‘Wax, wood and narrative: the miraculous culture of Renaissance Italy’
A joint seminar of the Faculties of Modern History and Theology and Religion, University of Oxford.
The Salem witch trials (1692): the trans-atlantic context.
Anxieties about atheism in early modern England
"The politic management of religion": Anglo-Italian connections during the Counter-Reformation
The religious context of the Irish civil wars 1641-54
Robert Boyle and the project of a Protestant empire, 1660-1691
Thomas Cromwell and the English Abbots
Aude de Mézerac-Zanetti
Changing prayers, changing beliefs : a liturgical approach to the Henrician Reformation
‘Of necessity there must be some rules’ : the bible, aurality and public worship in England 1559-1660
Convenors: Emma CLAUSSEN, St John’s College, Richard SCHOLAR, Oriel College, Caroline WARMAN, Jesus College and Wes WILLIAMS, St Edmund Hall
Thursday 25 April, 5.15pm
Graduate Research Showcase
Emma CLAUSSEN, St John’s College, Vincent ROBERT-NICOUD and Kelsey RUBIN-DETLEV, Lincoln College
Thursday 9 May, 5.15pm
“Untangling the Social Network of 18th-Century France: From Encyclopédie to Electronic Enlightenment”
Glenn ROE, Oxford e-Research Centre
Thursday 30 May, 5.15pm - please note, now in Week 6
“Faut-il émasculer Maurice? Les mystifications littéraires féminines de Maurice Scève: Louise Labé et Pernette du Guillet”
Irène SALAS, Brasenose College
Thursday 6 June, 5.15pm
“Responsabilité éthique et conscience individuelle chez Montaigne”
Valérie DIONNE, Colby College, Maine
Tuesday 30 April: Hugh Eveleigh, "Deciphering Royal Armorial Bindings"
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College 6.30 pm
Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles event
Tuesday 7 May: Scott Scullion, "15th- to 18th-Century Ancient Greek Books"
Worcester College, 5pm
Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles event
Wednesday 8 May: Anders Ingram, "The Cadiz Expedition (1596) and censorship in Elizabethan England"
Masterclass with Special Collections materials Radcliffe Science Library, Group Study Room, 1:30 pm
Roy Griffiths Room, Keble College. All are welcome. The lecture will be followed by drinks.
Professor Helen Hackett (UCL) 'Sisterhood and female friendship in a seventeenth-century verse miscellany: Constance Aston Fowler’s manuscript anthology.'
26 April 5pm. (This is the lecture that was postponed in Hilary Term due to the bad weather.)
In Staffordshire in the 1630s, a young Catholic woman, Constance Aston Fowler, compiled a manuscript verse miscellany. Many of the poems she transcribed were by her female relations and friends, and take mutual affection as their theme. This paper will explore how Constance’s transcriptions of sociable poems acted to define her identity through affiliations (as sister, friend, Catholic); and how they combined with Constance’s letters to her brother Herbert in Spain to construct idealised images of family and home. It will thereby show how Constance’s chosen poems not merely recorded social relationships, but worked as social transactions, actively forging, reinforcing, or modifying those relationships, and enabling Constance to fashion herself through literary engagement even though she never (as far as we know) wrote a poem herself.
Professor Daniel Javitch, 'Ariosto's chivalric romance as source of Italian epic theory'
28 May 5.15pm.
The development of Italian epic theory in the second half of the sixteenth century is related to the disparagement of chivalric romance. Indeed, norms of epic are initially defined in attacks against Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso . These attacks might be said to define epic by negation, dwelling as they do on the failure of the Furioso to observe what are taken to be epic requisites set down by Aristotle. Much of Antonio Minturno’s discussion in Book I of L’Arte Poetica (1563), ostensibly about the principles of epic composition, is devoted to Ariosto’s failure to follow these principles. In his Discorsi dell’arte poetica Tasso shared Minturno’s perception that the romance was a defective kind of poetic composition, and his codification of epic was also impelled by a critique (albeit a more implicit one) of Orlando Furioso. Professor Javitch's examination of these and other treatises on epic will reveal the centrality of Orlando Furioso not only in efforts to defineepic, but in initiating the notion of epic vs. romance, an opposition Ariosto himself did not have to confront.
Jan Machielsen, ‘A Textual Reformation? Towards an Intellectual Geography of Early Modern Catholicism’
Monday 6th week 10am, History Faculty, George Street
The following seminars will be given at 5.30pm on Mondays in the lecture room, Turl Street rooms, Lincoln (formerly Turl Bar, entered from Turl Street).
Andrew Spicer, Oxford Brookes
3 Jun: ‘Architecture and confessional identity: Lutheran churches in early modern Europe’
The following seminars will be given at 5pm on Tuesdays in the Headley lecture Theatre, Ashmolean. Conveners: Dr M Leino, Oxford Brookes; Dr C Whistler; Dr A Wright
Robert Wenley, Barber Institute
28 May: ‘The Van Rijn children and Oxford: discovering the secrets of a Dutch 17th-century masterpiece’
Dr Helena Sanson, Cambridge, will give a seminar at 5pm on 25 April in the Taylor institution.
25 April: ‘Women, language and grammar in Italy, 1500–1900’
The following seminars will be given at 5pm on Mondays in room 10b, Taylorian Building, unless otherwise noted.
Lucia Stadler - 27 May: ‘The reception of Pliny the Younger in sixteenth/seventeenth-century Northern Europe’
Daniel Javitch - 3 Jun: Presentation of his recent book Saggi sull’Ariosto e la composizione dell’Orlando Furioso
The following seminars will be given at 5.15pm on Tuesdays in the Denis Arnold Hall, Faculty of Music.
Dr Edmund J Goering, Western Ontario
21 May: ‘Two voices of Mozart historiography’
28 May: ‘“As soon as it is rewritten it will be published under the title seconda pratica”: producing music theory in early seventeenth-century Italy’
The following seminars will be given at 6pm in the third-floor Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building. Please note earlier start time.
23 May: ‘“To move wild laughter in the throat of death”: palliative mirth in the age of Shakespeare’
(previously given as the 61st Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 2012)
Professor Craig Clunas will lecture at 5pm on the following days in the History of Art lecture Theatre, Second Floor, Littlegate House, St Ebbe’s.
23 Apr: ‘Beginning and ending in Chinese painting’
24 Apr: ‘The gentleman’
25 Apr: ‘The emperor’
30 Apr: ‘The merchant’
1 May: ‘The nation’
2 May: ‘The people’
5pm, Wednesday, 1 May
Coin Study Room, Ashmolean Museum
Prof. Daniel Carey (National University of Ireland, Galway)
'John Locke and the Recoinage Crisis of the 1690s: Contexts and Controversies'
20th Annual Series
Thursday 2 May
"Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things": a cartographic genealogy of globalism
By Jerry Brotton (Queen Mary, University of London)
Seminar runs from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY
Toby Barnard: 'Renewing the 'new' British History'
Friday 17 May at 5 P.M. corpus Christi College
All who attend the lecture are invited to a reception in Corpus after it.
16 January to 3 May 2012. Visiting hours Monday - Friday: 9.30 am - 1.00 pm; 2.00 pm - 4.30 pm (provided there is a member of staff available in the Upper Library). Upper Library at Christ Church.
Although gems are modest in size, gem engraving was a major art in antiquity. From the Renaissance on Greek and Roman intaglios and cameos were collected, observed and copied. Scholars could learn about the appearance of gem subjects through publications, often initiated by their almost obsessive collectors, but also through the expanding production of impressions and casts of gems in a variety of materials. This exhibition will give examples of a wide range of these, from sealing wax to glass paste. It will also show a number of original gems. Books on engraved gems of the 17th to 19th centuries from the Christ Church Library are illustrated with impressions, electrotypes and casts from Oxford’s Beazley Archive, and intaglios and cameos from private collections.
The exhibition is curated by Dr Claudia Wagner, assisted by Dr Sanne Rishoj Christensen and Dr Cristina Neagu; with the collaboration of the Beazley Archive in Oxford’s Classical Art Research Centre and the Oxford Conservation Consortium.
A highlight in the exhibition is a sardonyx from the collection of the Earl of Carlisle. The cameo was engraved by Alexander Cesati (1510-64), and shows Cupid taming a lion in the presence of two nymphs.