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ANZAMEMS ECR/POSTGRAD READING GROUP: SEMESTER 1, 2023

ANZAMEMS ECR/POSTGRAD READING GROUP: SEMESTER 1, 2023The ANZAMEMS ECR/Postgraduate Reading Group will discuss the latest research in medieval and early modern studies, with the aim of promoting engagement with emerging and established fields of inquiry...
From: ANZAMEMS Inc on 24 Jan 2023

reading for the future

Isn’t a bit weird that we do end-of-year reading highlights? By “we” I of course mean me, but also I’m not the only one who does this. Is this the turn from 2022 to 2023? Is this the middle of 5753? Is this also the 1036th day of March 2020?1...
From: Wynken de Worde on 1 Jan 2023

William MacMurdo Duncan Scrapbook

A scrapbook seemingly begun by William McMurdo Duncan in the 1790s, based on the earliest manuscript entry entitled “Books Belonging to William McMurdo Duncan 10th Feby. 1799” with later additions perhaps made by other members of his family, as the...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 28 Oct 2022

‘I Have Known’: Copying Personal Accounts in Early Modern Receipt Books

By Margaret Maurer  Reading British Library Sloane MS 559, a seventeenth-century receipt book, I came upon a recipe with the following efficacy statement: “I have knowne a woman heale many blind people with this medicine following” (MS 559 6v). The...
From: The Recipes Project on 17 Oct 2022

Voltaire séducteur

Dans l’ensemble, la critique moderne s’est surtout intéressée à la signification des œuvres de Voltaire et particulièrement à leur portée philosophique. Le contexte dans lequel on l’a lu est celui des ‘philosophes des Lumières’, un groupe...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 8 Sep 2022

In the Garden with Jane Austen, by Kim Wilson

Kim Wilson takes us on a lovely visit to the gardens of Jane Austen, with lots of helpful information besides.
From: Jane Austen's World on 27 Jun 2022

VIDEO: Early Modern Typography / Race / Gender (Bibliographical Society of America)

In 2021, the Bibliographical Society of America graciously hosted a conversation about the intersection of typography (specifically, how typography was/is described, discussed, and understood to function culturally and politically) with discourses of...

VIDEO: Wing Foundation Lecture on the History of the Book (Newberry Library)

I was honored to deliver the Wing Foundation Lecture on the History of the Book at the Newberry Library on March 3, 2022. The event took place in person after two years of virtual events. I’m grateful to Jill Gage, Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation...

OUT NOW! Typographies of Performance in Early Modern England

My first monograph Typographies of Performance in Early Modern England was published by Oxford University Press in 2020. It is the first book-length study of early modern English playbook typography and tells a new history of drama from the period by...

“The Smells of London” and their Sources at the Fin de Siècle

By Jess Clark In September 1889, the London Times printed a complaint from a disturbed Kensington resident. Under the heading “Smells of London,” Arthur Clay challenged “[t]he apathy with which Londoners submit to be bathed in disgusting odours.”[i]...
From: The Recipes Project on 16 Jun 2022

Spending time with cookbooks

 When I was growing up, visits to my grandparents' house always involved hours of poring over the pictures in the Time-Life Foods of the World cookbook series. In retrospect, that's likely something that contributed to my fascination with global cuisines...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 15 Apr 2022

On reading and finding value

 I have made no secret of my current treatment for depression. And I will continue to think about it -- and think about the ways it links to the many conflicts that are swirling about me and impacting the way that I view my life's work and my values.I...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 10 Apr 2022

March

GUEST CURATOR: Catherine Hurlburt What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Penknives, Quills, Ink Powder, Sealing-Wax & Wafers.” In this advertisement, James Lockwood put up for sale an array of books on various...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 20 Mar 2022

Queuing for Knowledge and free Wi-Fi

The morning queue at the British Library. Photo: Gaby Mahlberg The queues at British Library are getting longer again. On this Tuesday morning just before 9.30 the line meanders across the forecourt right through to the gate on the Euston Road. Yet,...
From: The History Woman's Blog on 5 Mar 2022

PMRG CFP: Receiving and Reading the Poor, A themed panel in honour of Anne Scott

Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group (Incorporated) – Call for papersReceiving and Reading the PoorA themed panel in honour of Anne Scott A scholar with diverse interests, Anne Scott was particularly known for her work on poverty and charity in the...
From: ANZAMEMS Inc on 10 Jan 2022

still reading

I can’t believe I called last year’s reading post “reading in a hellscape” when 2021 was lurking around the corner. Is 2021 worse than 2020? By sheer dint of not being dramatically better, yes, yes it is worse. This has been a shit year of rollercoastering....
From: Wynken de Worde on 28 Dec 2021

Tracking Joy: Mitigating the Negativity

 I admit that I am feeling a lot of negative emotions this week, which sometimes worries me that I’m heading for a type of bitterness and anger that I don’t want to have as my general attitude towards the world. There are moments when that bitterness...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 6 Aug 2021

What I’m Reading this Summer

I haven’t done a reading list in a while and I have really been reading, so it’s time. It’s been a voracious reading summer for me: it’s as if I was emptied out by writing my own book and I need to fill myself up! There are the usual random categories...
From: streets of salem on 21 Jul 2021

This week’s little pleasures

 This past weekend was farmer’s market weekend, so I bought lots of fruit (I managed to consume very little of it before it got eaten up by other members of my household.)Things I cooked that made me happy:Sautéed Swiss Chard with Garlic and Pepper...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 13 Jul 2021

Half Time Oranges

I realised this morning that I’ve finished the first year of my two years of AHRC-funded research on ‘The Romantic Ridiculous’ project! I’m about to go on the holiday we booked last January for Easter 2020 then rebooked for Easter 2021 as ‘it...
From: The Romantic Ridiculous on 29 May 2021

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