Michaelmas 2016

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Tuesdays: weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7

Ertegun House, 5.15pm

Convenors: Professor Rhodri Lewis and Professor Emma Smith

Week 1

Lorna Hutson (Oxford):"The Shakespearean Unscene: Sexual Phantasy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream"

Week 3

Molly Murray (Columbia): "Prison and Pleasure: The Politics and Poetics of Carceral Liberty in Early Modern England"

Week 5

David Loewenstein (Penn State): "Writing in the Aftermath of Civil War: Paradise Lost, the Aeneid, and the Politics of Contemporary History"

Week 7

Hannah Crawforth (KCL): "George Buchanan and Early Modern Greek Tragedy"



History of the Book Room, St Cross Building, Thursdays at 5:15*

Convenor: Micah Coston


Week 2

Welcome Drinks and Social 

Week 4

No Meeting (Oxford Wells Lecture Series on Wednesday)

Week 6

The Early Modernist and the Digital (Panel)*

  • Pip Willcox, Centre for Digital Scholarship at the Bodleian
  • Natasha Simonova, Centre for Early Modern Studies at Oxford
  • Peter Auger, The Early Modern Boundaries Project

Week 8

MSt History of the Book Presentations 

*Please note: The week 6 panel will be held on Tuesday at 5:15 at the Centre for Digital Scholarship in the Weston Library




5pm in The Breakfast Room, Merton College (tea from 4.45)

Week 1 (13 October) 

Peter Ghosh (St Anne’s College): ‘How Modern are early modern Historians?’ 

Week 2 (20 October)

Prof. Tony Claydon (Bangor University): ‘Time and the Revolution of 1688-9’ 

Week 3 (27 October)

Prof. Steven Ellis (NUI Galway and Merton College): ‘Defending English Ground: the Crisis of Lordship in early Tudor Northumberland’ 

Week 4 (3 November)

Dr Richard Blakemore (University of Reading): ‘“Painful Seamen”: Seafaring, Skill, and Craft in early modern England' 

Week 5 (10 November)

Dr Jenni Hyde (University of Lancaster): ‘Text, Truth and Tonality in Mid-Tudor Ballads’ 

Week 6 (17 November)

Dr Emily Hansen (University of York): ‘A Prosopographical Study of English Schoolmasters c. 1500- c.1650’. 

Week 7 (24 November)

Prof. Chris Kyle (Syracuse University): ‘“A Dog, a Butcher and a Puritan”: The Politics of Lent in Early Modern England’ 

Week 8 (1 December)

Reviews of recent work