Ursula’s Fat Body and the Marketplace in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair (1614)

By Helena Berry @HelenaSBerry ‘An insatiable pouch is a pernicious sink, and the fountain of all diseases, both of body and mind’ - Robert Burton1 The year 2020 has put bodyweight under increased scrutiny. Access to the supermarket became uncertain for many with the arrival of the lockdown, coinciding with the launch of the government’s …

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Encountering Monumental Stone Women at Magdeburg Cathedral

By Annabelle Stephenson @AnnabelleJane15 ‘And so it goes with contraries; the one glosses the other, and whoever wants to define one of them must bear the other in mind, for otherwise, it is impossible to offer any definition at all. For whoever does not have knowledge of the two will never know the difference between …

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Constructing Whiteness as Freedom in Elizabethan England

by Kat Addis Where is the civilization and where, indeed, is the morality which can afford to destroy so many? – James Baldwin, 1966[1] The famous Elizabethan pronouncement on slavery – ‘That England was too pure an Air for Slaves to breath in’ - has also been the most misleading. It is often remembered as …

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Points of Contention: Parentheses in Philip Sidney’s Arcadia

by Florence Hazrat Tucked away in the depths of the Bodleian Library is a curious volume of miscellaneous early modern writings whose linguistic diversity –  ranging from Italian, to French, English, Portuguese, and Dutch – mirrors its diversity of content: observations on the political apathy of the French, an Italian travel diary, a treatise on …

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Pasties, Pies and Play in the Seventeenth-Century Kitchen

by Charlotte Potter September means the return of everyone’s favourite comfort food programme, The Great British Bake Off! Watching the new batch of bakers getting creative in the tent, I started to wonder what a seventeenth-century Great British Bake Off might look like. A recipe book from 1692 belonging to Hannah Bisaker, which is held in the Wellcome …

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Spring 2019 Seminar Series

Wednesday 6 February: Katherine Ibbett (Oxford), ‘Surface Writing: On the Seventeenth Century Saint Lawrence River’. 5pm, Silverstone 309 Wednesday 13 February: Emma Whipday (Newcastle), ‘“You see my sister’s yet at my dispose”: Brothers and Sisters on the Early Modern Stage’. 5pm, Silverstone 309 Monday 25 February: Work in progress: Flora Dennis, Nicole Mennell, Joanne Paul. …

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