Archive for January, 2013


January 31, 2013

Special Collections and Archives / Casgliadau Arbennig ac Archifau

IMG_0101 The Poly-Olbion is a vast poem by Michael Drayton (1563-1631) describing the topography, history and legends of England and Wales. The text is accompanied by a series of wonderfully unique maps engraved by William Hole on which towns, rivers and other topographical features are all depicted anthropomorphically.


Cities appear as maidens crowned with cathedrals, caves come complete with hermits and forests are shown as huntresses armed with bows. A bearded shepherd holding a staff sits on every hill and each river has its very own nymph!


Constructed as a tour of the kingdom, the poem consists of almost 15,000 lines IMG_0099of iambic hexameter verse divided into 30 songs, each describing one or more counties of England and Wales. The 1612 edition contains the first 18 songs with commentary by the renowned polymath, John Selden; our edition was reprinted in 1622 with the remaining songs added. Drayton originally intended to compose…

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January 28, 2013

Friends, postgrads, countrymen…lend us your abstracts!
We come to open BritGrad registration.
The research that men do lives after them,
The best is often entered in their papers,
So let it be with BritGrad.
(What are you waiting for? Get registering now! See the CFP and poster for more details.)

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MEMORI Seminar Cardiff – This Thursday

January 28, 2013


Medieval and Early Modern Research Initiative
Prof. Daniel Wakelin of St Hilda’s, Oxford, will be giving the first MEMORI paper of the semester this Thursday at 5.15 in room 2.03. The title of his talk is ‘When Scribes Stop Writing’. A wine reception will follow in 2.47.
The next MEMORI seminar will be led by Prof. Andrew Hadfield of the University of Sussex, will be presenting a paper on ‘Lying in Early Modern Literature’. This will be on the 7th of February (not the 14th as previously advertised).

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The Hamlet Zone: Reworking Hamlet for European Cultures

January 14, 2013

This book, which follows from a conference at Cardiff University, is now in the Cardiff University Library.

“The book examines how the myth of Hamlet has crossed back and forth over Europe’s linguistic borders for four hundred years, repeatedly reinvigorated by being bent to specific geo-political and cultural locations. The enquiries in this book show how, in the process of translation, adaptation and reinventing, Hamlet has become the common cultural currency of Europe.”

Find out more here.

From the back cover:
“A brilliantly lively volume which recontextualizes Hamlet from Portuguese theatre, to Russian ballet, Hungarian poetry, Spanish exile writing, German philosophical criticism, Swedish political drama and radical multimedia experiment. This constantly surprising and inspiring volume demonstrates, if there were any doubt, that Shakespeare is still a vital part of our global intellectual currency and Hamlet is at the very centre of the modern European imagination.” – Prof. Karen Leeder, New College, University of Oxford


Renaissance Men in the Middle Temple Conference

January 13, 2013

“The four Inns of Court were, according to Ben Jonson, ‘the noblest nurseries of humanity’.  All highly influential in terms of their members’ legal, political and artistic roles, the Middle Temple proved a particularly fertile context.  At the end of Elizabeth’s reign especially, the Middle Temple saw many of its members involved in the creation, reception and development of literature and performance.  Most importantly, perhaps, the Inn was a training ground for men who came to transgress and challenge societal norms, and whose future careers were to influence disparate areas of life, before, during and after the Civil War: from Sir John Davies’ work on dance, John Marston’s contribution to drama or Robert Cotton’s influence as an antiquarian to, in later years, the political impact of Henry Ireton or Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon.

The early modern Inns of Court have been the subjects of much recent academic work.  Last year’s publications of The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court, edited by Archer, Goldring and Knight, and a History of the Middle Temple, edited by Richard Havery, as well as the 2010 appearance of the Inns of Court REED volume, edited by Alan Nelson, have significantly added to our understanding of the Inns and their interactions with many aspects of early modern culture.”

Find out more about the  Renaissance Men in the Middle Temple conference here:



Shakespeare at the Modern Language Association Convention #MLA

January 2, 2013

The annual convention of the Modern Language Association meets this week in Boston. Here are the sessions related to Shakespeare:


Find out more on the MLA website here

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