Michaelmas 2013

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Breakfast Room, Merton College
Tuesdays 5 pm

Tuesday 15 October (week 1):
John Kerrigan (Cambridge): ‘Knots, Charms, Riddles: Macbeth and All's Well’

Tuesday 29 October (week 3):
Jeff Dolven (Princeton): ‘Skill, Style, and Freedom: Sidney's Arcadias’

Tuesday 12 November (week 5):
Katie Larson (Toronto): ‘Embodying Song in Early Modern England’

Tuesday 26 November (week 7):
Zachary Lesser (University of Pennsylvania): ‘Enter the ghost in his night gowne: Hamlet after Q1’ 

All interested are welcome. Drinks will be served after the seminar

Rhodri Lewis, David Norbrook, Diane Purkiss, Tiffany Stern



Breakfast Room, Merton College

Mondays (2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th weeks) 1-2 pm

Monday 21 October (week 2):
Sukanta Chaudhuri: ‘Scholars and Texts: Humanist Views and Practices’

Monday 4 November (week 4):
David Norbrook: ‘Marvell in praise of absolutism? the poems on the Louvre’

Monday 18 November (week 6):
Stephen Harrison: ‘Milton: In Quintum Novembris’

Monday 2 December (week 8):
Kalina Slaska-Sapala: ‘Lucretian beginnings, Vergilian ends: the allusive opening of Marco Girolamo Vida's Christiad’

(bring lunch if needed. Texts will be circulated on the day, or contact: david.norbrook@ell.ox.ac.uk)

Stephen Harrison
David Norbrook 



The following classes will be given on Mondays at 2.15pm in the Group Study room, Level 3, Radcliffe Science Library. Convener: Dr W Poole

14 Oct

Louisiane Ferlier: ‘John Wallis and the Bodleian: the quest for a "universal library" ’

28 Oct

Kasper van Ommen, Leiden: ‘Annotated books from Scaliger’s library in Oxford’

11 Nov

Dunstan Roberts, Cambridge: ‘Henrician Sammelbände’



The following classes will be given on Mondays at 2.15pm in the Group Study room, Level 3, Radcliffe Science Library.

25 Nov

Nicole Gilroy and Andrew Honey: ‘Bookbindings at the Bodleian Library: useful evidence from bindings on early modern books’

2 Dec

Sarah Wheale and Alexandra Franklin: ‘Beyond SOLO: finding resources for the history of early printed collections’ 



Tuesdays, 5pm, Breakfast Room, Merton College -- joseph.hone@jesus.ox.ac.ukniall.allsopp@merton.ox.ac.uk

SECOND WEEK (22nd October) Round-Table Discussion

Theme: ‘Are we historians?’

We will begin term with an open, round-table discussion. We will consider current debates in academia on methodology, our own principles and methods, and the relationship between literary criticism and historical enquiry. All welcome; no particular knowledge or opinions essential. As a starting point, we suggest reading Colin Burrow’s LRB review of Blair Worden’s Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England: ‘New Model Criticism’, London Review of Books, XXX.12, 19th June 2008, pp. 24-5 (http://www.lrb.co.uk/v30/n12/colin-burrow/new-model-criticism); if you have trouble accessing a copy online, a hard copy can be borrowed by contacting Niall or Joe.

FOURTH WEEK (5th November) Bibliography Panel & Discussion

This session will consider the role of book-historical and archival research in our work—which we hope will be of particular interest to Oxford newcomers embarking on bibliography for the first time, especially via the B-Course on the M.St. We will hear three short papers, two from recent B-Course veterans, and another from a current D.Phil. on book history. This will be followed by questions and open discussion.

Callum Seddon (Merton): ‘Describing, Discussing, and Indexing Manuscript Verse Miscellanies’

Emily Mayne (St Hilda’s): ‘Describing and Contextualizing a Manuscript Book’

Ben Higgins (St Hilda’s): ‘Shakespeare’s Publishers and Bourdieu’s Literary Field’

SIXTH WEEK (19th November) Research Papers

Kalina Slaska-Sapala (Corpus Christi): ‘Milton’s Hesoidic Sources’

Simon May (Jesus): ‘Marlowe’s Tamburlaine: Interrogative Drama and the Near East’

EIGHTH WEEK (3rd December) Research Papers

Peter van Dolen (Keble): ‘Recoiling at Parasites: Reading Childness and Subjectivity in The Winter’s Tale’

Tim Smith-Laing (Merton): TBC.



The following seminars will be given on Tuesdays at 5pm in the Wharton room, all Souls.

Conveners: Jane Humphries, Julie Marfany and Kevin O’Rourke

22 Oct

Morgan Kelly, Dublin: ‘Living standards and plague in London, 1560–1665’

26 Nov

Roderick Floud, Gresham: ‘The business of gardening in the UK, 1660 until today’ 



The following seminars will be given on Tuesdays at 5pm in the Goodhart Seminar room, University College. All welcome.

Conveners: Ben Jackson, David Leopold, Sarah Mortimer and Jon Parkin

22 Oct

Richard Billinge: ‘Locke, toleration and conformist thought’

12 Nov

Sophie Nicholls: ‘Being frank and free: ideas of political community in late-16th-century France’

3 Dec

Tim Stanton (York): ‘Hobbes, Cicero and the problem of society’ 



Theme: early modern letters, networks and the digital humanities

Every Thursday (31st Oct - 5th Dec), 1pm. Conference Room, Oxford e-Research Centre, Keble Road, Oxford. NB: Nov 21st seminar will be held in Room 8, St Anne’s College, Woodstock RoadLunch provided (first come, first served)


All welcome!

Thu 21 Nov Week 6
Ruth Ahnert (QMUL) & Sebastian Ahnert (Cambridge)
Tudor Letter Networks: The Case for Quantitative Network Analysis
This session will take place in Room 8, St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road

Thu 28 Nov Week 7
Vera Hildenbrandt (Trier) & Jörg Ritter (Halle-Wittenburg)
Epistolary Networks of Exiles: The Vernetzte Korrespondenzen Project

Thu 5 Dec Week 8
Christopher Warren (Carnegie Mellon University)
Bacon and Edges: Reassembling the Early Modern Social Network



The following seminars will be given on Wednesdays at 11.15am in the Old Common Room, Balliol, unless otherwise noted.

Conveners: John-Paul Ghobrial, Jan Machielsen, Natalia Nowakowska, Lyndal Roper, Giora Sternberg and Alan Strathern

16 Oct

Rui Esteves: ‘Archomania: the place of venality in French private and government finances’

23 Oct

Giora Sternberg: ‘The power of writing in the Ancien Régime: the case of ceremonial records’

30 Oct

Katharina Reinholdt, Erfurt: ‘ “Nonesense” and “stupid pamphlets” from a Strasburg gardener. Apocalypticism and religious deviance in 16th-century Strasburg’

6 Nov

Regina Grafe, Florence: ‘Polycentric rule and stakeholder interests: explaining the success of the Spanish Empire’

13 Nov, Russell Room, Balliol

Daniel Jütte, Harvard: ‘a new window on windows: defenestrations and political culture in early modern Europe’

20 Nov

Virginia Dillon and Mara van der Lugt: ‘Jesuits, baptisms, Arians and windmills: religion in the news of Transylvania, 1604–58’ (V D) and ‘Why God would not send his sons to Oxford: Pierre Bayle on suffering and the problem of evil’ (M v d L)

27 Nov

Leslie Theibert: ‘ “The bravest and richest conquest in the world”: ideology and Anglo-Spanish imperial conflict in the 17th-century Caribbean’

4 Dec

Christian Wieland: ‘Water, bureaucracies and the art of engineering in 17th-century Europe. A comparative perspective’ 



Thursdays at 5pm in The Breakfast Room, Merton College (tea from 4.45). Suggested preparatory reading follows the titles.

17 October

Dr Susan Doran (Jesus College) ‘Polemic, Prejudice and Rumour: a Scottish king for an English throne’
Susan Doran, ‘James VI and the Succession’, in Ralph Houlbrooke (ed.), James VI and I: Ideas, Authority and Government (2006); Jean-Christophe Meyer (ed.), The Struggle for the Succession in Late Elizabethan England: Politics, Polemics and Cultural Representations (2004).

24 October

Prof. Richard Cust (Univ. of Birmingham) ‘Chivalry and the English Gentleman in late-Tudor and early Stuart England’
Keith Thomas, The Ends of Life (2009), ch.2; M.E .James, ‘At the Crossroads of the Political Culture: the Essex revolt, 1601’, in his Society, Politics and Culture (1986).

31 October

Dr Laura Branch (St Hilda’s College) ‘Knit together in perfect love and charity: The Reformation of London’s Livery Companies c. 1510-c.1600’
Joseph P Ward, Metropolitan Communities: Trade Guilds, Identity and Change in Early Modern London (1997), ch. 5; Norman Jones, The English Reformation: Religion and Cultural Adaptation (2002), ch. 5; Susan Brigden, London and the Reformation (1989).

7 November

Prof. Mark Knights (Univ. of Warwick) ‘Corruption in early modern England’
L.L. Peck, Court Patronage and Corruption in early Stuart England (1990); P. Harling, ‘Rethinking Old Corruption’, Past and Present, 147 (1995), 127-58; E. Kreike, W. C. Jordan (eds), Corrupt Histories (2004).

14 November

Dr Adam Morton (History Faculty) ‘Scurrility and Solidification: Visual Culture during the Succession Crisis (1678-82)’
Mark Knights, ‘Possessing the Visual : The Materiality of Visual Print Culture in Later Stuart Britain’, in James Daybell & Peter Hinds (eds), Material Readings of Early Modern Culture: texts and social practices, 1580-1730 (2010), 85-122; Helen Pierce, ‘Anti-episcopacy and Graphic Satire in England, 1640-1645’, Historical Journal, 47 (2004), 809-48.

21 November

Dr David Coast (Univ. of Durham) ‘The Presentation of Grievances and the Legitimacy of the vox populi in early Stuart England’
Richard Cust, ‘Charles I and Popularity’, in Thomas Cogswell, Richard Cust and Peter Lake (eds), Politics, Religion and Popularity (2002), 235-58; Christopher Hill, ‘The Many-Headed Monster’, in his Change and Continuity in Seventeenth-Century England (1975), 181-204; Andy Wood, The 1549 Rebellions and the Making of Early Modern England (2007), 187-207.

28 November

Prof. Richard Hoyle (Univ. of Reading) ‘Wrightsonian Incorporation and the Public Rhetoric of mid-Tudor England’.
Andy Wood, The 1549 Rebellions and the Making of Early Modern England (2007), ch. 5; David Rollison, A Commonwealth of the People. Popular Politics and England’s Long Social Revolution, 1066-1649 (2010), 284-91.

5 December

Reviews of recent work

Ian Archer
Alexandra Gajda
Steven Gunn



All Souls, Wharton Room, Thursdays 5 –7 p.m.
weeks 2, 3, 4, 6, 8

24 October (2nd week)
Barbara Haggh-Huglo, University of Maryland College Park, 'Gilles Carlier and Guillaume Du Fay's Marian officium for Cambrai'

31 October (3rd week)
David Hiley Universität Regensburg, '"Collatum miseris" : a little-known English liturgical office for St. James. Politics and plainchant in the time of Henry II'

7 November (4th week)
David Catalunya, Universität Würzburg, 'New clues on the development of mensural music in Spain ca. 1300-1350'

21 November (6th week)
Henry Hope, University of Oxford, Merton College, 'Walther von der Vogelweide's Palästinalied'

5 December (8th week)
Alexander Lingas, City University London and EHRC, Oxford, 'Byzantine Chant and the Latin West: A Re-evaluation in the Light of Recent Research'

Convened by Margaret Bent. All welcome.



The following seminars will be given on Thursdays at 5.15pm in the Maison Française.

Conveners: Emma Claussen, Richard Scholar, Caroline Warman and Wes Williams

17 Oct

Nathalie Grande, Nantes: ‘Cibles galantes: quand les fictions galantes passent à l’attaque’

14 Nov

Kathy Eden, Columbia: ‘Montaigne’s acclaim’

28 Nov

Jonathan Patterson: ‘Rabelais’s uncommon villains: a reinterpretation of Quart Livre, chapters 45–47’ 



Starting this term is a new reading group reading the French polymath Richard de Fournival's Bestiaire d'amour, written in the mid-thirteenth century. As well as being a surgeon and chancellor of the cathedral at Amiens, he composed lyrics and wrote a remarkable parodic bestiary (medieval book of animals). We will read the Bestiaire from start to finish this year. One important focus will be to look at the text in its manuscript context and in addition to Bianciotto's edited text (Paris: Champion, 2009) and an English translation, we will be consulting BNF, ms. français 25566, the wonderfully illuminated base manuscript for the edition (see the attached image). PDFs of both will be provided. We are very much looking forward to getting to grips with this exciting, witty, and intellectually stimulating work.

Scholars ranging from undergraduate to emeritus professors (and everything in between) are welcome, and this group will be of potential interest to those working in the fields of literature, music, art history, and intellectual history. Those wishing to attend should contact Jonathan Morton (jonathan.morton@new.ox.ac.uk), indicating their area of interest and level of study/research, as well as any dietary requirements.

This group, sponsored by TORCH and run by Jonathan Morton (French) and Elizabeth Eva Leach (Music) will meet on the second Thursday of the month from October to June at the Radcliffe Humanities Centre on Woodstock Road from 12.30-2pm in the Graduate Training Room. Lunch will be provided from 12:30 with discussion starting at 1.

Dates for 2013:

10 October 12.30 – 2pm Graduate Training Room – Ground Floor, Radcliffe Humanities

14 November 12.30 – 2pm Meeting Room 4 – Ground Floor, Radcliffe Humanities

12 December 12.30 – 2pm Graduate Training Room – Ground Floor, Radcliffe Humanities

9 January 12.30 – 2pm Graduate Training Room – Ground Floor, Radcliffe Humanities



The following seminars will be held at 2.15 p.m. on Fridays in the Wharton Room, All Souls College.

Convener: Professor I.W.F. Maclean

Fri Oct 18: ‘A Neglected Old Spanish Biblical Translation: the Biblia de Alonso Ximénez’

DR DAVID PEARSON (Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries, City of London):
Fri Oct 25: ‘Patterns of Book Ownership in Seventeenth-Century England: an update’

Fri Nov 1: ‘A Vatican Press? A proposal from the 1570s in the archive of the Congregatio Concilii’

Fri Nov 8: ‘The Latin trade in Europe before and after the Thirty Years War (1600-1750): the case of law’

Fri Nov 15: ‘Lyon in the 18th Century; official production, counterfeits and piracies’

Fri Nov 22: ‘On Pre-Aldine Greek editions’

DR ADALBERT ROTH (Vatican Library)
Fri Nov 29: ‘On some liturgical incunabula in the Vatican Library’

Fri Dec 6: ‘Transfer, Transmission and Reception: thoughts from the fifteenth century on how ideas (fail to) spread’


Literature and Medicine seminar series

The following seminars will be given on Thursdays at 6pm in the Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton. All welcome. Conveners: Peter Friend, Laurie Maguire, Sophie Ratcliffe and Marion Turner

Dr Andy Kesson, Roehampton

28 Nov: ‘ “comes she thus disabled?” Discovering disability on the early modern stage’ 


Italian Department graduate seminars

The following seminar will be given on Monday at 5pm in room 10b, the Taylorian.

Jiri Spicka, Palacký
21 Oct: ‘Petrarch and politics’ (in Italian) 


Book launch seminar

Professor Gillian Clark, Bristol, Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor Karla Pollmann, Kent, Professor Graham Ward, Dr Lydia Schumacher and Dr Johannes Zachhuber will give brief presentations on various aspects of Augustine’s historical reception followed by open question and discussion time on 13 November at 4.30pm (reception from 6pm) in the Danson room, Trinity.

Title: The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine 


Bodleian Library Lectures

The following lectures will be given in Convocation House, Bodleian Library.

Dr Katherine R Larson, Toronto
1pm, 22 Nov: 'Embodying song in early modern England'


Rediscovering Rycote 'editathon'

Interested in Tudor history? Become a Wikipedia editor for the day

The Bodleian Libraries are organising a Wikipedia editathon focusing on the Rediscovering Rycote online resource (http://rycote.bodleian.ox.ac.uk).

The Rediscovering Rycote project provides stories and documents about the history of one of England’s most important lost Tudor mansions. Over 300 years, Rycote Manor welcomed all manner of historical figures, including six English kings and queens from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I. Although the original property burned down in 1807, the Bodleian Libraries and the current property owners have pieced together the stories of Rycote and its inhabitants from the archives of over fifty different antiquaries, families and historical figures using manuscripts, letters, accounts, maps and drawings from medieval to modern times.

We are running an editing session in Oxford, bringing together contributors and also encouraging virtual editing for those outside the city. The session is intended to improve the coverage of individuals and events connected to Rycote and explored on the Rycote website.

The day will include a short introduction by the Rediscovering Rycote project archivist as well as the opportunity to see some of the original manuscripts up close.

To sign up and get more details, please visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_University_of_Oxford....

Date: 2-5pm, Friday 15 November 2013
Venue: Training Room, Radcliffe Science Library, Oxford (directions).
Participants: All welcome! No Wiki editing experience is necessary, though experienced editors are very welcome; tutorials will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers. Can’t be there the whole time? No problem. Join us for as little or as long as you like.

Can’t get to Oxford? Virtual participation is welcome. Stay tuned for details of how to chat with us on the day.

Registration: Sign up via Eventbrite (http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8968317479/wikipage)

Contacts: Any questions? Please email elizabeth.mccarthy@bodleian.ox.ac.uk



Clarendon Lectures in English

How words make things happen

Professor David Bromwich, Yale, will deliver the Clarendon Lectures in English at 5.15pm in Lecture theatre 2, St cross building.

24 Oct: ‘Speakers who convince themselves (Shakespeare, Milton, James)’ 



Heather Dalton (University of Melbourne), 'A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo in fifteenth-century Mantua: Rethinking symbols of sanctity and patterns of trade'

5.15pm on Tuesday 12 November in the Roy Griffiths Room, Keble College

The earliest image of an Australasian parrot by a European artist predates the arrival of Vasco de Gama’s fleet at Calicut on the Malabar Coast in 1498. This paper focuses on that image - a small but significant detail in Andrea Mantegna’s Madonna della Vittoria, completed in Mantua in 1496. Although Mantegna’s altarpiece has been the subject of attention in modern scholarship, the significance of the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo has not been explored. In this paper, Dalton considers why Mantegna would have included parrots in his altarpiece and the symbolic significance of the cockatoo’s position in the composition. Dalton also explores the intriguing issue of how a creature native to regions generally considered to have been beyond Europe’s trading reach in 1496 could have appeared in a Renaissance artwork. The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo in the Madonna della Vittoria provides a unique opportunity to place fifteenth-century Italy in its global context. Its presence not only confirms the interests and purchasing power of Mantegna and his patrons, the Gonzagas, it reveals the complexity and range of Southeast Asian trading networks prior to the establishment of European trading posts in the region.

The lecture will be followed by drinks. 


Lyell Special Lectures

English Humanist Scripts up to c1509

Dr David Rundle, Essex and Oxford, will deliver a series of lectures on Thursdays at 5pm in Examination Schools.

17 Oct: ‘Humanism and script, humanism and England’

24 Oct: ‘English humanism avant la lettre: the first decades of humanist book production in England, up to 1455’

31 Oct: ‘British barbarians in Rome, and Scotland’s first humanist’

7 Nov: ‘The Dutch connexion: the significance of Low Countries scribes from Theoderic Werken to Pieter Meghen’

14 Nov: ‘The butcher of England and the reform of learning: the circle of John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester’

21 Nov: ‘The victory of italic in English diplomatic correspondence’