(4/24/2015) After Print: Manuscripts in the Eighteenth Century
A one day conference on eighteenth-century manuscripts with keynote speaker Margaret Ezell.

(2/27/2015) Making, Unmaking, and Remaking the Early Modern Era: 1500-1800
The EMC announces its fourteenth annual winter conference, and the theme for this year is Making. Our keynote speakers are Professor of English Patricia Fumerton (Santa Barbara) and Seth Low Professor of History Pamela H. Smith (Columbia).

(2/26/2015) Regina Schwartz
Regina Schwartz, Visiting Tipton Chair of Religious Studies at UCSB and Professor of English at Northwestern University, will deliver a lecture entitled "Religion and Literature: Law, Love, and Justice in The Merchant of Venice," at SH 2635, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM.

(2/12/2015) Kathleen Wilson
Professor Wilson of SUNY Stony Brook will deliver a lecture entitled, ""Blackface Empire: Love Theft and Subversion in British Domains," at SH 2635, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM.

(11/14/2014) Special Colloquium with Mark Algee-Hewitt and Ryan Heuser
SH 2509, 10 AM - 12 PM

(11/13/2014) Mark Algee-Hewitt and Ryan Heuser Lecture and Demonstration
SH 2635, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

(11/7/2014) Special Colloquium on the Commonplace Book w/ Deidre Lynch
SH 2510, 10 AM - 12 PM

(11/6/2014) Deidre Lynch, Bliss-Zimmerman Memorial Lecture
"Pride and Prejudice by Numbers"
3:30pm, South Hall 2635
This paper on Jane Austen's computational imagination highlights the arithmetic questions posed by Pride and Prejudice and considers how they register the nineteenth-century novel tradition's shifting relationship to projects of social accounting and notions of social causation. Often as she relays the story of a singular, complex, unique character like the fascinating Elizabeth Bennet, Austen points simultaneously towards the statistical norms and means that would be derivable from a larger quantity of story-lines rendered in the aggregate.

(5/20/2014) Robert Gross Lecture
"Conversations at the Lyceum: Emerson and His Neighbors"
Robert Gross (UCONN)
3:30pm, South Hall 2635

(5/17/2014) Annual Conference: Transatlantic Ecologies: Utopia to Zoonomia
The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara is pleased to announce our thirteenth annual conference, “Transatlantic Ecologies: Utopia to Zoonomia.” This year's conference will explore readings of the complex and developing connections between ecological and transnational thought in the early modern period. Featuring keynote speakers Daniel Brayton (Middlebury College) and Gordon Sayre (University of Oregon). This year's conference will be held in conjunction with the Literature and Environment Center’s Symposium on Disaster (May 16, 2014), with keynote speakers Adrian Parr (University of Cincinnati) and Steven Vanderheiden (University of Colorado, Boulder). There will also be two activities linking the conference and symposium: a plenary roundtable on “Temporality and the Anthropocene,” and a series of environmental humanities discussion sessions. Conference attendees and presenters are encouraged to attend both Friday’s and Saturday’s events.

(4/17/2014) James Simpson Lecture
"Evangelical Absolutism: Breaking the Mind's Images in the English Reformation"
James Simpson (Harvard University)
3:30pm, Henley Board Room, Mosher Alumni House

(12/5/2013) Elisa Tamarkin, "Red Herrings and Other Irrelevancies"
Lecture: "Red Herrings and Other Irrelevancies"
Elisa Tamarkin (UC Berkeley)
3:30pm, South Hall 2635
What does it means to read for relevance? This talk provides a history of the fallacy that John Stuart Mill calls the "red herring," or the problem of the irrelevant thesis. While Mill's logic insists on making every statement matter toward a final effect or principle, the red herring lures readers to conclusions of no consequence. But when we think about red herrings—a practice I suggest we derive from the nineteenth century—we are committing ourselves to knowing the sources of error, and especially the feelings, passions, and intentions that enhance or restrict the application of our understanding in particular contexts. I look at relevance as a principle of logic in the nineteenth century and at the fallacy of the red herring, and its aesthetic meaning, in the philosophy of Mill and Bentham, in Poe's poetry, and in the paintings of the Aesthetic Movement.

(11/14/2013) Arthur Marotti, "The Poetry Nobody Knows"
Lecture: "The Poetry Nobody Knows: Rare or Unique Poems in Early Modern English Manuscript Collections"
Arthur Marotti (Wayne State University)
4:00pm, HSSB 6056
This paper discusses some of the hundreds of (mostly anonymous) poems that survive in various manuscripts from the early modern period in only one or two copies. It examines the various socioliterary uses to which poetry was put and argues for broadening the literary history of the period to include this largely unknown work.

(2/8/2013) Annual EMC Conference: Risk, Crisis, Speculation: 1500-1800
Contemporary discussions of "risk" or "speculation" often identify these concepts as distinguishing features of modern or postmodern societies. In this conference, we seek to explore and investigate early modern English cognates, forebears, and analogues of “risk”--including, but not limited to, “hazard” and “venture”--in early modern literature and history from religious, economic, political, and environmental perspectives. Our keynote speakers for this year's conference are Professors Joseph Roach (Yale University) and Wolf Kittler (UCSB). This year's conference is being hosted in conjunction with a one-day UC multi-campus research group ("w/Shakespeare") symposium on "Shakespeare & Risk," which will take place on UCSB’s campus on Friday, February 8th, and feature keynote speaker Professor Richard Halpern (New York University). Conference attendees and presenters are cordially invited to attend both Friday’s and Saturday’s events. For more information on this free and public conference please visit the official conference website.

(12/7/2012) Gathering of the Re:Enlightenment Project
The third international gathering of the Re:Enlightenment project met on December 7-9th, 2012 at UCSB. The Re: Enlightenment Project joins institutions and individuals who share a common purpose: improving the ways in which knowledge works in the world. It identifies, generates, and shares new knowledge and new practices through interactive exchanges, collaborative research and publication, and experiments in dissemination. The Project is "Re:"--"about"--Enlightenment in that it frames those initiatives within a history of Enlightenment's purchase on the present, offering not just a recounting but a re-assessment. Local Organizer and Steering Committee Member: William Warner. Director: Clifford Siskin. New York University Homepage for The Re:Enlightenment Project.

(3/16/2012) Winter Conference: Early Modern Social Networks, 1500-1800
March 16-17, McCune conference room, HSSB 6020. This two-day conference features keynote speakers Ann Blair, Elizabeth Eger, and James Raven. It will consist of keynote talks and panel discussions that will encourage all participants to engage the issues raised throughout the conference.

(3/11/2011) March 11-12: 10th Annual Early Modern Center Winter Conference
McCune conference room, HSSB 6020, 9 am-5 pm. This conference features an illustrious group of keynote speakers, a group of no fewer than seven preeminent literary scholars: Stephen Orgel, Helen Deutsch, Jean Howard, Heather James, Leah Marcus, Clifford Siskin, and our own William B. Warner. Roundtable discussions, afternoon panels, and a theatrical performance round out the program.

(3/5/2010) Early Modern Center Winter Conference
McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020, 9:00am -5:00pm

Cloning, organ farms, the completion of the Human Genome Project, recombinant DNA, cyborgs, artificial intelligence, and other manufactured life forms, all suggest that, depending on one’s point of view, the twenty-first century opens onto a horizon of radical possibilities for the future or cataclysmic end of what is meant by “human.” UCSB’s Early Modern Center Winter Conference, “Limits of the Human,” turns back to the early modern period to ask: before we were posthuman, how did we become human? How and why do early modern representations of hybrids, animals, monsters, anomalies, race, gender, and automata define what is human and separate out what is not? How do those things classified as non-human construct, reflect, or refract humanness? What innovations in technology, botany, labor equipment, law, and mathematical notation helped to calcify the boundaries of the human? How did Cartesian, Newtonian and Leibnizian systems of the world shape the conditions that Michel Foucault argues, “made it possible for the figure of man to appear”? In what ways were the “limits” always permeable, and how did they invite transgression and mutation? The EMC’s one-day interdisciplinary conference provides a forum to explore early modern literary and cultural responses to the issues and questions that helped delineate the limits of being human.

The conference will consist of panel discussions, as well as keynote talks by Bruce Smith ( Dean's Professor of English, University of Southern California) and Richard Nash (Professor of English, Indiana University).

For more information on this free conference please visit the official website at Limits of the Human Conference

(6/5/2009) EMC Undergraduate Conference

This conference will be a forum to showcase outstanding undergraduate work on the early modern period (1500-1800). The event will take place from 1-4 on June 5 in South Hall 2635, and will be followed by a reception.

(5/15/2009) Bliss-Zimmerman Seminar: Professor Angus Fletcher

On May 15, Angus Fletcher will present a talk entitled "Poetry, Environment, and the Protected Circle of Wonder." Fletcher is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York Graduate School, author of A New Theory for American Poetry: Democracy, the Environment, and the Future of Imagination. According to Jonathan Bate, "Angus Fletcher is a highly distinguished critic and his New Theory for American Poetry is an appropriately distinguished contribution to the new wave of literary theory that restores the imagination, the aesthetic, the emotions and the natural world to critical discourse." Harold Bloom says, "Angus Fletcher and his work have strongly influenced the way I read poetry…His new book is the crown of his career: bold, original, brimming with imaginative energy on every page."

The Bliss-Zimmerman Seminar will take place at 2:00 in South Hall 2635 and will be followed by a reception. Please join us!

(5/6/2009) Professor Ann Plane (History, UCSB) work-in-progress

Ann Plane, Associate Professor of History at UCSB, will present a paper as part of the Early Modern Center's works-in-progress series. Her presentation, entitled, "'When I Awaked': Colonial Encounters, Gendered Meanings, and the Cultural Significance of Dream Reporting in Seventeenth-Century New England," explores the convergence of two distinctive 'dream cultures,' that of the Algonquian-speaking natives of the region and that of the seventeenth-century nonconformist English colonists. Her paper also considers how these dream cultures reveal the gendered dynamics of colonization, particularly focusing on the representation of masculinity among both colonizer and colonized. Her presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. This event will be on Wednesday, May 6 from 3:30-5:00 in South Hall 2510 (the Early Modern Center). Please join us!

(4/17/2009) EMC Annual Meeting
The EMC Annual Meeting (during which we will decide on the annual theme for next year) will be on Friday, April 17 from noon-1 in the EMC. Please come!

(3/13/2009) Conference: Reading as a Social Technology
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

The History of Reading Group and the History of Material Texts Research Focus Group are hosting a one-day, interdisciplinary conference that will provide a forum for sharing recent research findings in the history of reading, with an eye toward investigating the technologies that shape reading as a social experience. The keynote speakers will be Adrian Johns (University of Chicago) and Elaine Treharne (Florida State University). The conference is supported by the University of California's Transliteracies Project.

(3/6/2009) Early Modern Center Winter Conference:
McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020, 9:00am -5:00pm

In recent years, scholars have looked to the Renaissance and eighteenth century in order to better understand both the origins of our contemporary environmental crisis, as well as the emergence of modern environmental thinking. Works such as Robert Watson's Back to Nature: The Green and the Real in the Late Renaissance and Gabriel Egan's Green Shakespeare: From Ecopolitics to Ecocriticism, have brought early modern literary studies into current ecocritical debate. As these and other works make clear, environmental issues such as air pollution, toxic waste, increased urbanization, deforestation, wetland loss, and radical changes in land use were surprisingly timely in Early Modern England, routinely making their appearance in the literature of the day. Indeed, by the time Milton was writing Paradise Lost it was already known that respiratory illness from urban air pollution was second only to the Plague as the leading cause of death in London. The EMC's one-day interdisciplinary conference will provide a forum to explore early modern literary and cultural responses to the environmental issues that preceded, and indeed gave shape to, modern environmentalism.

The conference will consist of panel discussions, as well as keynote talks by Carolyn Merchant (Professor of Environmental History, Philosophy, and Ethics in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley) and Jill Casid (Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the Visual Culture Studies Program, University of Wisconsin).

For more information, please see our conference website at Before Environmentalism Conference

(2/2/2009) Andras Kisery: "Politics from the Margins"

Andras Kisery will give a presentation entitled "Politics from the Margins" at 3:30 pm on Monday, February 2 in South Hall 2635. His presentation will be followed by a question and answer session, and a wine and cheese reception. Please join us!

András Kiséry completed his Ph.D. in 2008 at Columbia on the circulation of political knowledge in early seventeenth-century English drama, and is currently a visiting assistant professor at Vanderbilt University. Rather than a return to “politics as usual,” Kiséry’s dissertation is a rethinking of politics that employs serious training in book history together with a pre-Habbermasian notion of communities of publics formed by participation in the performances and printed texts of the stage. Kiséry’s abundant publications (and language skills) emerge from his work in Hungary, England, and the U.S., as do his cosmopolitan interests, which complement his intensive training in English dramatic literature. His second book project continues his book history interests in questioning the emergence of the notion of “fictionality” in seventeenth-century England, which he pinpoints around the development of the distinctive feature of “uselessness.”

(1/29/2009) Mimi Yiu: "Othello's Blackwork: Embroidering the Moor"

Mimi Yiu will present her talk, "Othello's Blackwork: Embroidering the Moor" at 3:30 pm on Thursday, January 29 in South Hall 2635. Her presentation will be followed by a question and answer session, and a wine and cheese reception. Please join us!

Mimi Yiu received her Ph.D. from Cornell in 2005, held a one-year position as Postdoctoral Lecturer in English and Art History at USC in 2005-2006, and is currently in her second year as a tenure-track assistant professor at Georgetown. Her book-in-progress examines how the architectural discourse and practice of the “façade” impacts the development of an early modern subjectivity that is specifically theatrical. Carefully researched and extremely original, this is simultaneously an art historical as well as a theoretical, feminist, and drama project. Yiu’s second book project on the early modern arabesque continues her interest in the visual but this time focuses on Arabic designs (in knot gardens, textiles, stage architecture, etc.) as a way of accessing early modern importations and reworkings of Middle-Eastern Otherness. Yiu is remarkably productive—with six articles published or in press and others in the works—and she offers us extensive knowledge of drama, theory, gender, and visual culture.

(1/26/2009) Andrew Griffin: "Tragedy, History, and Marlowe's Dido"

Andrew Griffin will give his presentation, "Tragedy, History, and Marlowe's Dido" at 3:30 pm on Monday, January 26 in South Hall 2635. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session, and then by a wine and cheese reception. Please join us!

Andrew Griffin completed his Ph.D. in 2008 at McMaster on untimely deaths in Renaissance drama and is currently a lecturer in English at Wilfrid Laurier University. His work is a remarkably fresh and deep investigation into the meaning of early modern history that addresses both received notions of historicity, such as the de casibus tradition, and newer, “messier” ideas of history being made and unmade by changing urban conditions of early modern London. Griffin’s next project naturally evolves out of his first as an investigation of London in terms not of a single history or nation but of a conglomeration of fractured communities. His co-edition of a collection of essays on the Queen’s Men—a traveling company of players that toured the provinces—as well as his five articles and two editions of dramatic plays, show an active scholar deeply serious about thinking through the big picture and nitty-gritty details that make early modern drama in its own historical time.

(11/14/2008) EMC Fall Colloquium:
This year's EMC Fall Colloquium will feature speakers Professor Robert Watson and Professor Beth Fowkes Tobin, both of whom will present work that illuminates this year's theme, "Before Environmentalism." The Colloquium will take place in the McCune Conference Room in the HSSB at UCSB from 1:00-4:00.

Robert N. Watson is a Professor of English at UCLA, and author of Back to Nature: The Green and the Real in the Late Renaissance (Pennsylvania UP, 2006), named the Best Book of Ecocriticism of 2005-2006 by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. He was the winner of the 2006 Elizabeth Dietz Memorial Prize for the year's best book in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, by the editors of Studies in English Literature. Professor Watson's presentation for this EMC event is entitled "The Ecology of Self in 'Midsummer Night's Dream.'"

Beth Fowkes Tobin is a Professor of English at Arizona State University, and the author of Colonizing Nature: The Tropics in British Arts and Letters, 1760-1820 (Pennsylvania UP, 2005) and Picturing Imperial Power: Colonial Subjects in Eighteenth-Century British Painting (Duke UP, 1999). Professor Tobin's presentation for the Colloquium is entitled "The Duchess's Shells: Natural History Collecting, Gender, and Scientific Practice."

(10/28/2008) Debora Shugar at UCSB
Debora Shuger (English, UCLA) will present a talk entitled "Sir Thomas Browne, the Laudian Moment, and the Birth of Modernity" on Tuesday, October 28, 4pm, HSSB 3041. There will be a light reception after the talk. We hope to see you there!

(10/17/2008) A Brownbag Lunch with Thomas Pettitt
Friday, October 17, 2008, 12-2pm; SH 2635.

Renowned folklore and media studies scholar Thomas Pettitt (University of Southern Denmark) will present an informal talk on "Ballads before Broadsides" - all interested persons are invited to attend.

For more information on Thomas Pettitt, please visit his homepage.

(10/16/2008) A Lecture with Thomas Pettitt
Thursday, October 16, 2008, 4.30-6.30pm; SH 2635.

Renowned folklore and media studies scholar Thomas Pettitt (University of Southern Denmark) will present a lecture titled "The Gutenberg Parenthesis (Renegotiating Mediaeval Studies and Media Studies)" - all interested persons are invited to attend.

For more information on Thomas Pettitt, please visit his homepage.

(9/25/2008) CFP: Newberry Library Colloquium 2008
September 25-27, 2008, Newberry Library, Chicago.

The Making Publics Project is soliciting submissions for a colloquium titled "New Worlds, New Publics: Re(con)figuring Association and the Impact of European Expansion, 1500-1700" at the Newberry Library in Chicago; please refer to the Call for Papers for further information.

(5/30/2008) Undergraduate Conference
Friday, May 30, 2008, 1-4pm; South Hall 2635.

This conference will feature exceptional work by undergraduates in English at UCSB. Reception to follow.

(5/16/2008) Work-in-Progress: Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook
Friday, May 16, 2008, 11.30-1pm, in South Hall 1415.

Please join us for Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook's presentation of a part of her current research on "Arboreal Values" in an informal lecture, followed by a Q&A period.

For more information on Professor Cook's current research, please visit her Early Modern Center CV page.

(5/16/2008) Arnhold Lecture
Friday, May 16, 3-5pm; South Hall 2635.

Giles Bergel, the current Arnhold Postdoctoral Fellow in Early Modern Literature and Media Technology, will present the final lecture of his tenure at this event, entitled: "What was The Wandering Jew's Chronicle? Reflections on the History of the Book in the Age of Digital Reproduction."

The lecture will be followed by a reception to celebrate Giles's work at UCSB and congratulate him on his move to other, equally green pastures.

For more information on Giles Bergel's current work, please visit his Early Modern Center CV page.

For information regarding the Arnhold Postdoctoral Fellowship, click here.

(4/14/2008) Seminar & Lecture with Robert Davis
Monday, April 14 & Tuesday, April 15, 2008.

Professor Robert Davis (History, Ohio State University) will be participating in three events on UCSB campus:

Class Lecture: Mon, Apr 14, 2pm; Bren 1414.
Prof. Davis will lecture in Carole Paul's undergraduate class on The Grand Tour.

Seminar: Tue, Apr 15, 12-2pm; IHC Seminar Room 6056.
Prof. Davis will present a chapter of his new research project entitled "Counting slaves in the Early-modern Mediterranean." The chapter will be distributed in advance to all those who will request it; please contact Claudio Fogu in the Department of French and Italian ( A cold lunch will also be served.

Lecture: Tue, Apr 15, 3.30pm; McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020.
Prof. Davis will give his talk on "The Celebration of Slavery in the Christian-Muslim World." Refreshments will be served around 5:30.

Robert Davis is professor of Italian Renaissance and Early-modern Mediterranean history. He has researched and published on Italian – and especially Venetian - society and popular culture during the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. He is the author of Shipbuilders of the Venetian Arsenal (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1991), The War of the Fists (New York: Oxford UP, 1994), and Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters (London: Palgrave UP, 2003); and co-author of the forthcoming Venice, Tourist Maze (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004). He has also contributed to and co-edited two collected volumes on Italian Renaissance topics: (with Judith C. Brown) Gender and Society in Renaissance Italy (Harlow, UK: Longman, 1998); and (with Benjamin Ravid) The Jews of Early Modern Venice (Baltimore, Johns Hopkins UP, 2001). His current research deals with brigand unrest in central Italy during the late sixteenth century.

(3/14/2008) EMC Winter Conference: "Science & Technology, 1500-1800"
Friday, March 14, 2008; McCune Conference Room, Humanities & Social Sciences Building 6020, UCSB.

An interdisciplinary one-day conference sponsored by the Early Modern Center, in collaboration with the Transcriptions Project, on the EMC's annual theme.

This one-day conference will be a forum to explore the two interrelated fields of science and technology in the early modern period. We conceive of science and technology as a broad range of social and cultural practices, cultural and historical formations, and epistemological perspectives. How and why were systems of knowledge created and proliferated? What particular scientific developments participated in the exploration of the body, the mind, time, and space? How were individuals, communities, and nations impacted by new systems of knowledge, particular objects or hardware, or advanced procedures to accomplish tasks? Since both the Early Modern Center and the Transcriptions Project undertake initiatives that bridge the study of digital media and the humanities, we are also interested in proposals that apply the perspectives of new media study to the cultural formations of the early modern period.

For more information about the conference - CFP, conference program and registration, and more - please visit the conference website.

(3/7/2008) UCSB Eighteenth Century Reading Group, Winter Meeting
Fri, Mar 7, 1.30-3pm; Early Modern Center (SH 2510).

You are cordially invited to join the UCSB Eighteenth Century Reading Group in a discussion of selections from Michael McKeon's book The Secret History of Domesticity. We will focus on the introduction as well as chapters 4 and 7, though you are very welcome to read more broadly. The selections have been posted on ERes; please email Sören Hammerschmidt for the required ERes password.

(3/6/2008) Lecture by David Bindman
Thu, Mar 6, 2008, 5pm; McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)

"Mind-Forged Manacles: William Blake and Slavery."

Whether in his illustrations to John Gabriel Steadman’s Narrative of a Five Year Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam (1796) or his illustrated prophetic books, slavery figures powerfully in the art of William Blake. Slavery’s physical horror found expression in many of Blake’s most moving images, and in his hands it became a vivid metaphor for the oppression and redemption of the human spirit.

David Bindman retired last year as Durning-Lawrence Professor of the History of Art at University College London. He received his BA in Modern History from Oxford University in 1962, and then spent a year as Knox Fellow at Harvard, where he was attached to the Fogg Museum. He took his PhD with a thesis on the Art of William Blake at the Courtauld Institute. His research has been largely on British art with books on Blake, Hogarth, and the sculptor Roubiliac, and he has curated a number of exhibitions, including The Shadow of the Guillotine: Britain and the French Revolution at the British Museum in 1989. In recent years, he has been interested in the representation of non-Europeans in western art: in 2002 he published Ape to Apollo: Aesthetics and the Idea of Race, 1700-1800 (Cornell University Press), and he is in the process of finishing the 18th century volume of the series The Image of the Black in Western Art for the Menil Foundation and the Du Bois Institute. He has held fellowships at the Yale Center for British Art, the Getty Institute in Los Angeles, and the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Next fall, he will be running an institute at Dartmouth College with Professor Angela Rosenthal on "Visual Humor in Race, Nationality and Ethnicity."

Co-sponsored by the History of Art and Architecture, The Early Modern Center, IHC, and Black Studies.

(2/27/2008) Lecture by Peter Lake
Wednesday, February 27, 2008, 5.15pm; McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)

"Buckingham Does the Globe: Shakespeare's Henry VIII and the Origins of the Personal Rule of Charles I."

Peter Lake (Princeton University) is the author of such recent books as The Anti-Christ's Lewd Hat: Protestants, Papists and Players in Post-Reformation England and The Boxmaker's Revenge: 'Orthodoxy,''Heterodoxy,' and the Politics of the Parish in Early Stuart London. For more information including his current projects, please refer to his homepage.

(2/15/2008) A Reading of Work-in-Progress: Anita Guerrini
Friday, Feb 15, 2008, 3.30-5pm; South Hall 2635

Please join us for an informal meeting to discuss a draft chapter of Professor Guerrini's current book project on "the animal projects of the early Paris Academy of Science and the King's Garden in the context of 17th century Paris."

For more information on Professor Guerrini's current research projects, please visit her webpage.

(2/8/2008) Seminar with Raymond G. Siemens
Friday, February 8, 2008, 2-4pm; South Hall 2635.

Please join us for a seminar on electronic editing and early modern texts with Raymond G. Siemens (English, University of Victoria). The event will feature a presentation on research currently conducted by Professor Siemens and a group of scholars at the University of Victoria, followed by an open forum for discussion of the issues the paper and presentation have raised.

New Title! "Drawing Networks in the Devonshire MS (BL Add Ms 17492)."
Based on work carried out by Ray Siemens, Johanne Paquette, and the ETCL group, work discussed in this presentation has its roots in the way in which physical and authorial space interact in manuscript miscellanies and the difficulties associated with conveying such representation, traditionally and otherwise. Especially, we will discuss the result of our experimentation in the conveyance of such information in the course of our exploring exchanges within the Devonshire MS (BL Add Ms 17492).

Ray Siemens is Professor of English and Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing at the University of Victoria. He is President (English) of the Society for Digital Humanities Société pour l'étude des médias interactifs, Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London, and Visiting Research Professor Sheffield Hallam University. Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and founding editor of the electronic scholarly journal Early Modern Literary Studies, he is also author of works chiefly focusing on areas where literary studies and computational methods intersect, is editor of several Renaissance texts, is series co-editor of Topics in the Digital Humanities (U Illinois P) and is co-editor of several book collections on humanities computing topics, among them the Blackwell Companion to Digital Humanities (2004) and Mind Technologies (U Calgary P, 2006).

(2/4/2008) Lecture by Matthew Landrus
Monday, February 4, 2008, 5-6pm; Engineering Science Building 2001

Reknowned da Vinci scholar Matthew Landrus (Rhode Island School of Design) will deliver a lecture entitled "Leonardo da Vinci: The Process of Invention."

(2/1/2008) EMC Brown Bag Lunch
Friday, February 1, 2008, 12-1:30pm; South Hall 2635.

Presenting work in progress by:
  • Christina Cheng (Comparative Literature), "Causes of the Plague in Daniel Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year: The Devil's Work, God's Design, or Natural Origin"
  • Liberty Stanavage (English), "Englishing Medea: Gender, Marriage and Elizabethan Anxieties in John Studley's Medea"
  • Summer Star (English), "Anger and the Principle of Moral Regeneration in Mansfield Park"
Please support these graduate students by coming to the brown bag to enjoy and discuss their presentations!

If you would like to present a paper at this event, please contact Jessica Murphy.

(1/18/2008) Brown Bag Lunch with William Carroll
Friday, January 18, 2008, 12-1.30pm; South Hall 2635

"The Tragedy of Genealogy: Shakespearean Drama 1595-1605." Join us for an informal Brown Bag Lunch with visiting scholar William Carroll (English, Boston University) who will be in Santa Barbara in January as part of a fellowship year.

For information about Professor Carroll's extensive publications, which include his important book Fat King, Lean Beggar: Representations of Poverty in the Age of Shakespeare (1996) please visit his homepage.

(11/30/2007) Conference: Science as Navigation: Leonhard Euler's Journeys
Friday, November 30, 2007, 9am-7pm; HSSB, 6th floor, McCune Conference Room. Free and open to the public.

An International Conference at UC Santa Barbara on the Occasion of Leonhard Euler’s 300th Birthday.
This one-day conference investigates the central role played, in the life and work of Leonhard Euler (1707-1783), by the description, calculation and analysis of sites or places (topoi). Active for many years in Saint Petersburg and Berlin and fluent in at least three languages, Euler was no stranger to changes in location and to the negotiation of different cultural and scientific contexts and their respective rhetorical, cultural, and scientific conventions. However, Euler's more specifically scientific activity in mathematics, astronomy, geometry, engineering and philosophy is also linked, in more ways than one, to the problem of topoi and their notation. Not only is his solution to the problem of the "Seven Bridges of Königsberg" considered one of the early foundations of mathematical topology, he also devoted much energy to ship building and navigation. During his stay at the Petersburg Academy, Euler carried out important work in cartography, which he blamed for contributing to his failing eyesight. Finally, many of the letters Euler wrote to the Princess of Anhalt-Dessau can be considered topoi in a more literary sense: they are reworkings of more or less traditional (scientific) sites and materials, building blocks for a comprehensive topology of culture founded on exact science and the ideals of the Enlightenment.

For more information and the conference schedule, please visit the official conference website.

This international conference is being organized by the Department of Germanic, Slavic and Semitic Studies at UCSB, and co-sponsored by the EMC and the Department of English.

(11/28/2007) Screening and Discussion of Amazing Grace
Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 7pm; SH 2635.

Please join us for a screening and discussion of Amazing Grace (2007), a film released to coincide with the 200th abolition of the British slave trade. This screening is part of the long 18th century reading group and its focus this quarter on the abolition of the slave trade; this movie raises many questions about abolition, sentimentality and politics, and telling stories of slavery, and it should make for interesting discussion.

If you plan to attend, please rsvp to Maggie Sloan so that we have a head count for snacks!

(11/16/2007) EMC Brown Bag Lunch
Friday, November 16, 2007, 11:30-1; South Hall 2635.

Presenting work in progress by:

  • Pax Hehmeyer, "Imagining Publication and the Elizabethan Female Complaint"
  • Patrick Ludolph, "Gilbert Mabbott and the Narrative Project"
  • Laura Miller, "Printing a System for the World: Extrapolation, Overload, and the Principia."
Please support these graduate students by coming to the brown bag to enjoy and discuss their presentations!

(11/2/2007) Fall Colloquium with Maureen Quilligan and Lynn Festa
Friday, November 2, 2007, 1-4.30pm; South Hall 2635.

An event to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the British abolition of the slave trade, and to consider the centrality both of slavery and of the abolitionist project to the period 1500-1800.

We are very lucky to welcome Maureen Quilligan (English, Duke University) and Lynn Festa (English, University of Wisconsin, Madison) as this year's invited colloquium speakers. Their talks will allow us to reflect on the importance of the abolition of the British slave trade as a cultural, historical and political event, as well as to highlight some of the persistent problems that reverberate from it.

Maureen Quilligan, "Rereading the Black Legend: Racing the Atlantic Slave Trade."
I hope to talk about the subtle processes by which the Atlantic slave trade became racist, unlike the earlier Mediterranean traffic out of which it grew, which did not enslave specific ethnicities, though the prevalence of central Europeans did give the economic condition its name; much of the language of "color" difference grew out of the denigration of Catholic Spain by northern Protestant propagandists, intent upon vying with Spain's new world empire. Taking Spain's own self critique about the treatment of indigenous peoples in the New World, and adding to it the complications of Spain's expulsion of Jews and Moors, northern protestants denigrated the Spanish and turned them into the "black" other within Europe itself, in the process foisting onto the Spanish all the racist cruelty of the labor for gold metal, reserving for themselves the englightened efficiency of the trade itself.

Maureen Quilligan is R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English and former chair of the department at Duke University. She has previously taught at Yale University and at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of books on allegory, on women writers in the middle ages and in the Renaissance; she has recently co-edited a volume of essays with Margaret Greer and Walter Mignolo titled Rereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires due out from Chicago this November.

Lynn Festa, "Kin, Kind, Slave: Human Difference and Anti-slavery Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Britain."
This paper examines the relationship between the categories of subject and object, human and animal, person and thing, in late eighteenth-century abolitionist discourse in Great Britain. In opposing the degradation of men to the status of beasts or things, anti-slavery writers sought to enlarge the class of those who count as human through both the language of familial kinship and the categorical claim of species belonging. The tension between the purported universality of the abolitionists' rhetoric of kinship (of "brotherhood" within the great family of humankind) and the selective inclusiveness of kind (species difference) was often resolved through an emphasis on the suffering and feeling of slaves, yet this emphasis on a quality shared by human and animal alike often led to a blurring of the very distinctions that these writers sought to assert (manifested in the overlapping discourses of human and animal rights during this period). Writers sought to affirm the irreducibility of person to thing or animal by depicting the slave in relation to animals and things, and interrogating the rightful and wrongful use of different kinds of being(s). This paper examines how abolitionist writers sought to discover the purchase points of human difference not only in the possession of particular distinguishing traits but also in active relations of use and labor: the issue, metaphorically and literally, of the human hand. The paper closes with a consideration of the figure of the slave's hand: the hand as it is used to leverage a set of distinctions between humans and animals, as well as between slaves, the things they produce, and the machines they operate.

Lynn Festa is associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of Sentimental Figures of Empire in Eighteenth-Century Britain and France (2006) and co-editor of the forthcoming collection, The Postcolonial Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Colonialism and Postcolonial Theory (Oxford, 2008). She is currently working on a new project on the relationship between persons and things in eighteenth-century Britain.

Each invited speaker will present a formal paper, followed by a roundtable discussion featuring James Kearney and Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook as faculty respondents, and Billy Hall and Mac Test as graduate student respondents; the event will conclude with an open forum discussion and subsequent reception.

(10/31/2007) An Early Modern Halloween!
Wednesday, October 31, 11am-noon; EMC (South Hall 2510)

Please come and trick-or-treat (well, preferably only treat, please) at the Early Modern Center this Halloween. Snacks will be provided, and costumes will receive special mention and a photo on the EMC website!

Afterwards, please also visit the English Club's spooky readings in SH 2635, the department office staff (dressed up as their favourite authors) in SH 2607, and go trick-or-treating at the ACGCC (SH 2710) from noon-1pm.

(10/26/2007) UCSB Eighteenth Century Reading Group
Friday, October 26, 3-4.30; EMC (SH 2510).

After a hiatus, the UCSB Eighteenth Century Reading Group is meeting again! Our reading will be from the recent work of one of our Fall Colloquium speakers, Lynn Festa's book Sentimental Figures of Empire in Eighteenth-Century Britain and France; a great opportunity to prepare for the colloquium, as well as to read a genuinely fascinating scholarly work.

A master copy of the selections from Festa's book will be available in the EMC (in case you own the book, we will read pp. 1-14, 111-15, and 125-71).

(9/19/2007) Text Encoding Seminar & Workshop

The UC Transliteracies Project and UCSB Early Modern Center are pleased to announce that they are jointly hosting a Text Encoding Seminar at UCSB instructed by Julia Flanders and Syd Bauman of Brown University. (See here for full description and schedule, and a suggested advance reading list.)

Registration for the event is free (please register with Alan Liu). All presentations are open except for the two hands-on workshops, which have limited enrollment (if interested, request enrollment in the workshops at the time of registration). Events will be held in the UCSB English Dept. (South Hall, 2nd floor).

The goal of the Seminar is two-fold: first, to provide faculty and students in the humanities and other fields with an opportunity to examine the significance of text encoding as a scholarly practice, through a combination of discussion and practical experimentation. And second, to provide supporting resources for researchers who want to experiment with text encoding on their own, or would like to start or become involved with a digital research project. The resources and events on the schedule of the seminar are all aimed at faculty and students who have little or no technical experience but are interested in digital textuality. In addition to providing support in grappling with the technical topics, these resources also engage with the scholarly issues that surround these technologies.

Dr. Julia Flanders is Director of Brown University Women Writers Project; Associate Director of Brown Scholarly Technology Group; Editor-in-chief of Digital Humanities Quarterly; and Vice-chair of the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) Consortium. Syd Bauman is Senior Programmer/Analyst at the Brown University Women Writers Project. The bulk of funding for this Seminar is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which gave the Brown University Women Writers Project a grant to support a series of such seminars around the nation.

See here for general information about text encoding and the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines (an international and interdisciplinary standard that enables libraries, museums, publishers, and individual scholars to represent a variety of literary and linguistic texts for online research, teaching, and preservation).

(7/27/2007) EMC Brown Bag Lunch
Friday, July 27, 2007, 12-1:30; South Hall 2635.

Presenting work in progress by:

  • Simone Chess, "Men in Drag, or Boys in Dresses? Boyhood, Masculinity, and the Male to Female Crossdresser";
  • Kris McAbee, "'Daphne from the Delphic god': Aphra Behn's 'The Disappointment' and the Impotence of the Male Literary Tradition";
  • Jessica C. Murphy, "Man in the Mirror: Why is Britomart so Sick?"
Please support these graduate students by coming to the brown bag to enjoy and discuss their presentations!

(6/29/2007) EMC Brown Bag Lunch
Presentation of work in progress by:
  • Tassie Gniady, "'Finch Pulls a Milton': Resisting Authority in the Literary Sphere";
  • Sören Hammerschmidt, "A Life in Transit: Travel, Maternity, and the Progress of Civilisation in Mary Wollstonecraft's Letters Written during a Short Residence";
  • Megan Palmer, "Regarding Appropriateness: The Centrality of the Broadside Ballad Woodcut".
Please support these three graduate students by coming to the brown bag to enjoy and discuss their presentations!

(5/25/2007) Undergraduate Conference
Friday, May 25, 2007, South Hall 2635, 1-4pm

This conference features exceptional work by undergraduates at UCSB. Reception to follow.

(5/18/2007) Frank Lestringant
Friday, May 18: 3:00 to 5:00pm, SH 2635 or HSSB 1173. Title of Talk: "Shipwreck with Beholder and Theatrum Mundi. On Life's Metaphors in Renaissance Culture."

Frank Lestringant, Professor of French Renaissance Literature at the Sorbonne, is the author of more than 30 books on travel, geography, religion, and many other aspects of the Renaissance. He has edited a book on French colonization of the Americas, Le France-Amérique (16th-18th centuries), and is author of Jean de Léry ou l’invention de sauvage, which examines representations of Brazilian Indians in Jean de Lery’s 16th century travel writings.

This event is co-sponsored by the Renaissance Studies and the Department of French and Italian.

(4/24/2007) Leslie Tuttle
TITLE: "One people and one blood? Marriage and Miscegination in Louis XIV's Atlantic Empire."

TIME: Tuesday, 24 April at 3:30 pm in HSSB 4020.

Professor Tuttle is an Assistant Professor of History at Kansas. Her current research focuses on the role of gender and sexuality in the solidification and centralization of royal power in seventeenth and eighteenth-century France. The book project she is working on, tentatively titled "Sacred and Politic Unions: Natalist Policy in Absolutist France," examines Old Regime policies that accorded privileged status to men who married and fathered large families.

This event is sponsored by Renaissance Studies and the EMC.

(4/18/2007) William St. Clair Lecture
The Cambridge book historian, William St. Clair, the author of The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period and Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge University, will be giving a lecture called "The Political Economy of Reading" in 2635 SH at 3:30 PM on Wednesday April 18, 2007. Prior to the lecture, he will be discussing his work with faculty and graduate students. The discussion will take place at 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM in 2635 SH.

(4/13/2007) Richard Halpern
Please join us for Richard Halpern's talk: "Eclipse of Action: Hamlet and Political Economy" on Friday, April 13, 3:00 p.m. in South Hall, 2635.

Richard Halpern, professor of English at Johns Hopkins, is author of Shakespeare's Perfume: Sodomy and Sublimity in the Sonnets, Wilde, Freud and Lacan (Penn, 2002), which explores relations between sexuality and aesthetics. Previous books include Shakespeare Among the Moderns (Cornell, 1997) and The Poetics of Primitive Accumulation: English Renaissance Culture and the Genealogy of Capital (Cornell, 1991).

(4/11/2007) Lucie Skeaping Lecture/Performance
Wednesday, April 11, 4-5:30 pm., McCune Conference Room, IHC.

An illustrated lecture and performance of seventeenth-century English broadside ballads by renowned British performer and BBC radio host, Lucie Skeaping, accompanied by instrumentalist Robin Jeffrey. For more infomation, visit (click on "Illustrated Lecture-Recital"). Reception will follow in the IHC.

This event is co-hosted with the Renaissance Studies Program.

(3/9/2007) Winter Conference: Making Publics 1500-1800 (March 9-10)
An Interdisciplinary Conference Sponsored by the Early Modern Center. What were early modern publics? How were they formed? What needs did they serve for those who participated in them? And how did they relate to the emergence of a cultural formation that we recognize as distinctly early modern? These are among the questions we seek to address in this conference. Click Here to visit the conference webpage.

(2/8/2007) Roger Chartier - Everett Zimmerman Seminar and Lecture

2/8/2007 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Seminar at SH 2635

2/9/2007 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Lecture at State Street Room

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Roger Chartier, Annenberg Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Directeur d'Études at the École des Hautes Études in Paris, will direct the Everett Zimmerman Seminar, to be held February 8 and 9, 2007. Professor Chartier’s scholarship in early modern European history has been central to the study of print culture and the history of the book.

The Zimmerman Seminar, established in honor of Everett Zimmerman, Professor of English, brings a distinguished eighteenth-century scholar from a field such as literary studies, history, history of science, history of art, philosophy, law, religion, or music to campus to discuss his or her work with students and faculty. The Zimmerman Seminar is hosted by the Early Modern Center in the Department of English.

(11/17/2006) Fall Colloquium with Paul Yachnin and Dena Goodman
Friday, November 17th.

Paul Yachnin, Professor of English, McGill University; Title of talk: "Hamlet and the Social Thing in Early Modern England." Description: --"How can we best describe the socio-political dimension of the play Hamlet?" The ideas about artistic and intellectual works and public making that are emerging from the Making Publics project can yield an answer to this question likely to be more historically and critically illuminating than either old-style or new-style readings for ideological content. A focus on public making will be able to explain the play's socio-political dimension in terms of meaningful practices rather than textual meanings and in terms of the social agency of things such as performances and books rather than the agency of writers like Shakespeare. Such a focus is not at all to exclude textual meanings or artistic agency, but only to shift the interpretive task away from what could be called the imaginary field of literary public utterance."

Dena Goodman, Professor of History, University of Michigan; Title of talk: "Habermas and Feminist Scholarship: Going Beyond the Public Sphere" Description: Jürgen Habermas’s Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere has been informing scholarship in eighteenth-century studies for the past twenty years. German scholars took note of it when it appeared in 1962, but it was not until the French translation (1978) and especially the English one (1989) appeared, that it began to play an important role in the interdisciplinary and transnational field of eighteenth-century studies. The publication in 1988 – a year before the English translation of Habermas – of Joan Landes’s Women and the Public Sphere in the Age of the French Revolution meant that from the beginning, the question of gender has been central to debates about Habermas and the public sphere as these have developed in eighteenth-century studies, just as Habermas and Landes have been central to the “cultural turn” in the history of women and gender in the eighteenth century, and to the interdisciplinary “cultural” ground at the intersection of women’s studies and eighteenth-century studies as this has taken shape. In other words, as debates on Habermas and the public sphere have taken gender as a central topos and problematic, Habermas and the public sphere have been equally central to debates concerning women and gender in the eighteenth century. In this talk, I would like to give a brief account of where this interest in Habermas, the public sphere, and women and gender in the eighteenth century has taken us and to suggest where we should go from here. I will draw on my own current research on women and letter writing in eighteenth-century France for examples of how Habermas can take us in new directions. In particular, I will propose that we leave the public sphere behind and take more seriously what Habermas has to say about privacy.

Each presenter will speak for 40-50 minutes, with a 10 minute discussion after each talk; Ken Hiltner and William Warner will be our faculty respondents, and Eric Nebeker and Laura Miller will be the EMC graduate respondents. The colloquium will conclude with a roundable discussion followed by a reception.

Click Here to visit the conference webpage.

(6/9/2006) Early Modern Center Brown Bag #2
June 9, 2005, 12:00-1:30, SH 2617

Please bring your lunch to this showcase of EMC Graduate Students' work, including:

  • Pavneet Aulakh, English, "The Kingdom of Our Own Language"

  • Laura Miller, English, "Analytical Vision and the Argument from Design in The Rape of the Lock"

  • Revell Carr, Ethnomusicology, "Researching Song Texts in 19th Century Sailors' Journals"
  • Each presenter will speak for 15-20 minutes and the event will provide ample time for response and discussion.

    (5/26/2006) Spring Undergraduate Conference

    Friday, May 26, 2006, South Hall 2635, 1-4pm

    1:00-1:15 Opening Remarks, Professor Robert Erickson

    1:15-1:45 Arden of Tombstone
    Viewing and Discussion with Sierra Christman,
    Zia Isola’s Engl 157: English Renaissance Drama

    1:45-2:00 “The Middle Passage Effect in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko
    Susan Rosenfeld,
    E. Heckendorn Cook’s Engl 102: English and American Literature from 1650-1789

    2:00-2:15 BREAK

    2:15-2:45 “The China Scene” from William Wycherley’s The Country Wife
    Performance by: Danielle Allred, Luke Fretwell, Katie Desrochers, Niall Huffman, Stephanie Shenkman
    Robert Erickson’s Engl 169: Restoration and Eighteenth Century Drama

    2:45 Open Discussion

    Reception to follow

    (5/16/2006) 18th Century Reading Group
    May 16th, 2006, 4:30, Early Modern Center (South Hall 2510)

    Please join the long-18th-Century Reading Group for an informal discussion of William St. Clair’s book, The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period, Thursday, May 4th, at 4pm in the EMC.

    The readings—Chapter One (Chapter Two optional); “The Political Economy of Reading” (St. Clair’s Coffin Lecture for the School of Advanced Study, University of London); and Andrew Elfenbein’s very short review of the book—will be available shortly at the front desk in the department office in a file marked “18th-c Discussion Group.”

    (5/5/2006) Early Modern Center Brown Bag Series
    May 5, 2006, 12:00-1:30, South Hall 2635

    Please bring your lunch to this showcase of EMC Graduate Students' work, including:

    · Mac Test, English: "Aztec Sacrifice in Spenser's Faerie Queene"

    · Vanessa Coloura, English: "Science and Spectacle in Aphra Behn's The Emperor of the Moon"

    · Maggie Sloan, English: "'My brain is on fire!': Aggression, Knowledge, and Mentorship in Frances Burney and Maria Edgeworth"

    Each presenter will speak for 15-20 minutes and the event will provide ample time for response and discussion.

    (2/24/2006) Straws in the Wind: Ballads and Broadsides, 1500-1800
    The Early Modern Center at the University of California Santa Barbara invites paper proposals for "Straws in the Wind: Ballads and Broadsides, 1500-1800," an interdisciplinary conference to be held at UCSB on February 24 and 25, 2006. Click Here to visit the conference webpage.

    (1/23/2006) Angus Fletcher Lecture, 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm, SH 2635
    "Living Magnets and the Pathology of Grace in Donne's Religious Verse"

    (1/23/2006) Coffee with Angus Fletcher, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, EMC
    Graduate students are encouraged to join Renaissance job candidate Angus Fletcher for coffee on the morning of his talk. These coffees are excellent opportunities to meet and talk with the candidates.

    (1/20/2006) James Kearney Lecture, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, SH 2635
    "Doctor Faustus and the Seductions of the Text"

    (1/20/2006) Coffee with James Kearney, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, EMC
    Graduate students are encouraged to join Renaissance job candidate Jim Kearney for coffee on the morning of his talk. These coffees are excellent opportunities to meet and talk with the candidates.

    (1/17/2006) Coffee with Ken Hiltner, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, EMC
    Graduate students are encouraged to join Renaissance job candidate Ken Hiltner for coffee on the morning of his talk. These coffees are excellent opportunities to meet and talk with the candidates.

    (1/17/2006) Ken Hiltner Lecture, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, SH 2635
    "What Else is Pastoral?"

    (11/21/2005) Frances Dolan Luncheon
    Monday, November 21, 12:30-1:30, South Hall 2635

    Frances Dolan, professor of English at UC-Davis, will be joining us for a luncheon on November 21st, 12:30-1:30. This event provides an excellent opportunity for graduate students to discuss Professor Dolan's work with her as well as to get advice about their own projects and her experience with the profession. Copies of her two books, Whores of Babylon: Catholicism, Gender, and Seventeenth-Century Print Culture (Cornell UP, 1999) and Dangerous Familiars: Representations of Domestic Crime in England, 1550-1700 (Cornell UP, 1994) are available in the Early Modern Center to read on site.

    (11/18/2005) Fall Colloquium on Ballads, Broadsides, and Popular Culture
    Friday, November 18, 1:00-5:00pm, South Hall 2635

    Kari Boyd McBride (Women's Studies, University of Arizona), "Humanist Discourse Meets Popular Culture: The Misreading of Misogyny in Early Modern England"

    The Woman Controversy of early modern England relied on a discourse about women that had been developed by humanist scholars of the late middle ages. Those humanist arguments seemed to argue for women's excellence and virtue but were often elaborate scholarly jokes, travesties of humanist discourse that demonstrated women's inferiority through the ironic and ultimately ridiculous display of rhetoric, argumentation, and biblical allusion. The early modern pamphlet debate about women relied on the very argumentative techniques and materials developed by late medieval scholars, but often (mis)used that discourse to argue earnestly for women's virtue. I suggest that early modern reliance on the inherited arguments can be fruitfully understood as a creative misreading of the humanist discourse.

    Paula McDowell (English, Rutgers University), "Popular Culture and the Idea of 'Oral Tradition' in Eighteenth-Century Britain"

    This paper examines the relationship between the modern conceptual categories of "popular culture," "oral culture," and "oral tradition." For most English authors in 1700, the phrase "oral tradition" would have first brought to mind a Catholic theological notion considered suspect by Protestants, and our modern idea of "oral culture" did not exist. While much recent scholarly work has been devoted to exploring the interface of oral and print cultures, this paper also works to historicize the concepts themselves. Specifically, I argue that eighteenth-century authors' reflection on (and nervousness about) the spread of print was a key factor in the shaping of the modern intellectual category of "oral culture." Whereas early eighteenth-century authors such as Jonathan Swift in A Tale of A Tub typically understood cheap print and popular oralities as on a continuum (associating both with vulgarity, sedition, dissent, and a lack of culture in the sense of refinement, learning, or taste) later eighteenth-century authors increasingly posited a distinct "oral tradition" at once antithetical to and threatened by print commerce. Select oral forms, such as certain types of ballads, would be reconceptualized as purer, more authentic forms under threat of contamination by the vulgar products of the press. Ironically, later eighteenth-century sympathetic reassessments of oral traditions and practices in fact have much in common with earlier phobic depictions: both are part of a historic coming-to-terms with the power and spread of print.

    Followed by a panel of respondents with Patricia Fumerton, William Warner, Jessica C. Murphy, and Maggie Sloan.

    This event is sponsored by the Early Modern Center, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, and the Departments of English, History, Music, and Women's Studies.

    A selection of publications by Professors McBride and McDowell are available in the EMC to read on site.

    (5/20/2005) Undergraduate Conference on Memory
    Seminar Room, SH 2635 from 2-4. We will be hearing from Melody Tavokoli about the website that she designed in the fall on Anne Finch's poetry and from participants in the center-related English 10s on the ways in which memory was incorporated into their courses.

    (4/21/2005) Laurie Shannon
    Lecture on "Acteon's Coat"
    Friday, April 22nd at 2:00 pm., English Dept. Seminar Room, SH 2635
    Laurie Shannon is Associate Professor of English at Duke University, where she specializes in English Renaissance thought and writing. She is the author of Sovereign Amity: Figures of Friendship in Shakespearean Contexts, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School who uses her legal training as one of her tools in the analysis of Elizabethean life. Her talk will address the philosophical place of animals as the underwriters of "Man" in the early modern milieu, when Elizabetheans made surprisingly ambiguous attempts to distinquish humans from animals.

    (4/5/2005) Everett Zimmerman Seminar with John Barrell
    John Barrell from The University of York will be presenting a lecture entitled "Cottage Politics" at the first annual Everett Zimmerman seminar. His talk will look at the art of the picturesque, at caricatures, and at various kinds of popular prints, as well as at literary texts in Britain in the 1790s; and it will ask what happened to the idea of the cottage as an idealised place of retirement and privacy when the cottage started being used as an image in anti-revolutionary propaganda. The event will be preceded by a lunch in the EMC. The talk will be held in SH 2635 at 3 pm.

    (2/25/2005) Winter Conference
    The program will include ten panelists representing a variety of disciplines, as well as talks by the following invited speakers:
    · Marvin Carlson, Professor of Theater and Comparative Literature at the City University of New York
    · Carolyn Lougee Chappell, Professor of History at Stanford University
    · Richard Helgerson, Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara
    For more information, please visit the conference website.

    (2/11/2005) Daniel Woolf
    "From 'hystories' to the historical: Key Transitions in Thinking about the Past, 1500-1700". Professor Daniel Woolf is in the Department of History and Classics and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, Canada.

    The event will be held in the English Department Seminar Room (SH 2635).

    (11/5/2004) Fall Colloquium
    Friday, November 5th, 1-5 pm, in the English Department seminar room (SH 2635)

    Peter Stallybrass (Penn), "Technologies of Memory and Erasure in Hamlet"

    After seeing the Ghost, Hamlet says:

    Remember thee?
    Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat
    In this distracted globe. Remember thee?
    Yea, from the table of my memory
    I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,
    All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past,
    That youth and observation copied there,
    And thy commandment all alone shall live
    Within the book and volume of my brain,
    Unmixed with baser matter. (1. 5. 95-105)

    The questions I will be asking are: what kinds of writing can one "wipe away"? On what kinds of surface are they written and with what kinds of instrument? How do the material conditions of writing and erasure shape both our images and practices of remembering and forgetting from Plato to Freud and Derrida?

    Jayne Lewis (UC-Irvine), "'Pictures Laid in Fading Colours'": Locke, Radcliffe, and the Shifting Spectra of Memory

    The paper looks at the relationship between eighteenth-century constructs of the literary and Lockean memory, both of which are built around a culturally useful model of spectrality that is ultimately challenged via Radcliffe in late c-18 gothic fiction. The first part of the paper is a reading of Locke's proto-gothic description of memory (and, more accurately, of forgetting) in the Essay. I try to link that description to contemporary apparition narrative, whose unique symbolic and epistemological designs I believe Locke used to develop a fundamentally literary model of mind in its retentive mode . The second part of the paper briefly casts the history of the early novel as a perpetuation of that model, with gothic writing intervening in the latter part of the 18th century to exaggerate the complicity between the two. I've focused here on Radcliffe's enactment of a purely literary memory in her fictions, tracking the disproportionately large part played by conspicuously inaccurate memory and even amnesia. In linking literate experience with forgetting as opposed to recollection, Radcliffe undermines the Lockean model even though that model underpins her narrative and descriptive techniques. The third and final part of the paper identifies an emergent and alternative model of memory in Radcliffe's work, one drawn from contemporary watercolor aesthetics. This mode of memory begins, rather than ends, in obscurity, and is identified with transformation and desire as opposed to inscription and the transmission of a collectively available, culturally unifying past. I do not however use the word "sublime."

    (5/28/2004) Undergraduate Conference on Home and World
    Presentations from undergraduates, who have studied the theme, "Home and World," in various courses throughout the year, 1-5 pm., Department Seminar Room, 2635 South Hall

    1:00-1:15 Opening Remarks – Patricia Fumerton

    1:15-1:45 Brothers and Others
    Julia Djeke, “A ‘Little Body with a Mighty Heart’: English Nationalism and the Role of the Boy in Henry V
    Emily Stegman, “The Mindset of a Moor”

    1:45-2:15 Making a Home in a New World
    Laura Aydelotte, “Satan and the Yahoos: New World Encounters in Paradise Lost and Gulliver's Travels
    Lauren Gustafson, “Milton and Rochester: Opposing Reasons”

    2:30-3:15 The World in the Domestic Sphere
    Thomas Flowers, “Mutable Identity in Cymbeline
    Corrin Osborne, “Public and Private Parts: A Unique Overlap of Public and Private Affairs in Henry IV, Part I
    Kelly Stambler, “Renaming the Soil: King Harry’s Linguistic Colonization of Catherine in Shakespeare’s Henry V

    3:15-4:00 Home and World: From a Lowly Perspective
    Lisa La (as Alice, in Arden of Faversham).
    Jessica Rondou (as Susan, in Arden of Faversham)
    Margaret Drew (as Jack’s First Wife, in Thomas Deloney's Jack of Newbury)
    Tara Owens (as Barabas, in Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta)
    Lisa Englebrektson (as Abigail, in The Jew of Malta)
    Melissa Maclaurin (as Portia, in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice)
    Jill Staats (as Miranda, in Shakespeare’s The Tempest)
    Diana Phan (as Caliban, in Shakespeare’s The Tempest)

    4:00-5:00 Reception

    (5/27/2004) Lloyd and Dorothy Moote
    Title: "The Great Plague of London: Then and Now" Date:   Thursday, 27 May, 3:30 p.m. Place:  HSSB 4020 The plague visited London in the winter of 1664-1665.  The great diarist Samuel Pepys witnessed the plague and its ravages, and Daniel Defoe, awed by reports of the plague in Marseilles, commemorated the London event in his 1723 account, A Journal of the Plague Year. Lloyd Moote, Professor Emeritus of History at USC, is the author of four books. His co-author, Dorothy C. Moote, was trained in microbiology. Their talk summarizes arguments from their new book, The Great Plague: The Story of London's Most Deadly Year (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004). 

    (2/27/2004) David Cressy Talk
    "Press Censorship and the Public Sphere in Revolutionary England." Friday, February 27th at 3:30 in South Hall 2635. Reception to follow. Professor Cressy is Professor of History at the Ohio State University, and he is spending the current academic year as the Fletcher Jones Distinguished Fellow at the Huntington Library.

    (2/20/2004) Home and World: 1500-1800 Conference
    The Early Modern Center of the University of California, Santa Barbara and its affiliates invite paper proposals for an interdisciplinary conference on the Center’s 2003-2004 theme, “Home and World: 1500-1800.” The conference will explore how these two categories or concepts were experienced and defined throughout the early modern period. Proposals can interpret “home” and “world” broadly, but should examine how these two terms are held in dialogue or tension with each other. Home, for example, might be conceived of as any private or circumscribed spaced defined in opposition to some “outside” or “other.” Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

    Public vs. Private Spheres
    The Other

    For more details including how to submit proposals, please see our website:

    (2/17/2004) Lecture, Jose Maria Perez Fernandez, University of Granada
    "Epic and the Early Modern Poetics of Self: Approaches to the Meter of Henry Howard's Aeneid"

    Tuesday, February 17, at 4 p.m. in the English department seminar room, South Hall.

    Professor Perez Fernandez is the author of an important article on the Earl of Surrey and Italian humanism in the court of Henry VIII forthcoming in Renaissance Studies. His work in progress includes a study of the dissemination of epic in the Early Modern period.

    (11/14/2003) Fall Colloquium on Home and World
    Friday, November 14th, 1-5 pm. in the English Department seminar room (SH 2635)

    Paul Stevens (U of Toronto), "England in Moghul India: Historicizing Cultural Difference and its Discontents"

    Srinivas Aravamudan (Duke U), "Fiction/Translation/Transnation: The Secret History of the English Novel."

    Rountable Discussion after the talks headed by Adriana Craciun (U of Nottingham)

    (11/3/2003) Lecture, Nicole Pellegrin, C.N.R.S. Paris
    "The Sex of Mourning: Widowhood and Dress in Early Modern France." 4 p.m. HSSB 4020

    (5/30/2003) Undergrad Conference on Early Modern Women, 2635 South Hall
    Undergraduates from classes throughout the year which have focused on the Center's theme of early modern women will deliver individual papers and group presentations. Undergraduate courses represented will include Richard Helgerson's honors section of English 101, which studied the "Norton Women"; Patricia Fumerton's honors section of English 105A: Early Shakespeare (Shakespeare's Women); Patricia Fumerton's 197 on Early Modern Women Writers; Lee Bliss' 157 on Images of Women in English Renaissance Drama; and Robert Erickson's 197 on The Poetics of Ecstasy and Rapture in Seventeenth Century Poetry. Discussions will follow each class's presentation and the conference will conclude with refreshments for all.

    Schedule of Events:

    1:00 Introduction, Patricia Fumerton, Director of Early Modern Center

    1:15 Presentations by students of Richard Helgerson’s English 101s: “Norton Women”Magali Bourget Sofia CervantesAlexia FerracutiKristen GoldenLauren HarmonDrew Helms Hilary JohnsonKatie LandmanKaren LunaAlyson SmithVicky Springer

    1:45 Presentations by students of Patricia Fumerton’s English 197: “Early Modern Women Writers, 1500-1800” Stephanie GrewalKristen McDevitt Jenna Reed

    2:15 Presentations by students of Bob Erickson’s English 197: “The Poetry and Poetics of Ecstasy”Jonathan CornforthLauren HarmonEric Valansi Ashleigh WebbRyan Young

    2:45 Break

    3:00 Presentations by students of Lee Bliss’s English 157: “ Renaissance Drama: Gender, Genre, and the Representations of Women”Thomas FlowersMichelle Goldberk Jenna Reed

    3:30 Presentations by students of Patricia Fumerton’s English 105AS: “Early Shakespeare’s Women”Ryan BatesChristina FrederickJames Howard Brooke ReedMeghann Williams

    4:00 Open Discussion

    4:30 Reception (refreshments will be served)

    (4/14/2003) Faculty Showcase: Teaching and Technology
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm., Corwin Pavilion. The Early Modern Center will be exhibiting its website and Picture Gallery/Slideshow at a booth, as well as delivering a presentation, which will be videotaped and shown on the website of the UC Office of the President's "Teaching, Learning and technology Center (TLtC)": For more information about the Showcase and other participating exhibits, visit

    (2/28/2003) Lecture, Peter Burke
    "To Purify the Dialect of the Tribe: Campaigns for Language Purification in Europe, 1450-1750," 3:30 pm., South Hall 2635

    (2/21/2003) Bodies, Bawdies, and Nobodies: Early Modern Women, 1500-1800
    Conference Website
    "Bodies, Bawdies, and Nobodies: Early Modern Women, 1500-1800" is a conference exploring the concept of embodiment as it relates to women as creators, subjects, and consumers of British, Continental, and early American cultures. How has our understanding of the association between the body and women been complicated by recent critical investigations into the female body in culture and domesticity? Panel topics to include literature, history, cultural studies, and art history.

    McCune Conference Room, IHC

    (5/23/2002) Lecture and Workshop, Professor Madeleine Kahn, Mills College
    5:00 p.m., English Department Seminar Room Professor Kahn will talk about how teaching Charlotte Charke's Narrative of the Life of Charlotte Charke at a women's college has changed her view of the text, as well as her view of what constitutes appropriate material for classroom discussion. Students at Mills College defiantly resist recognizing the differences between their own historical situation and Charke's. They insist on bringing the raw material of their emotional lives into the classroom, and on searching the Narrative for clues about how to live their own lives. Their over-identification with Charke and their disdain for historical specificity should lead these students to a serious mis-reading of the Narrative, but in fact they lead both to a persuasive reading of the text and a provocative investigation of the categories by which we establish a hierarchy of value: male and female, public and private, intellectual and emotional.

    9:30 - 5:00 pm., HSSB1173. End of year conference bringing together faculty and students from EMC theme courses on Early Modern Visual Culture. Keynote Lecture: "Raphaelle Peale's 'Blackberries': Imagination, Embodiment, and the Refusal of Selfhood," Professor Alex Nemerov, Department of Art History and American Studies, Yale University Conference Schedule: 9:00 Coffee and Pastries 9:30 Introduction, Patricia Fumerton, Director of Early Modern Center, “Launching Visual Culture” 9:45 Presentations by Students of English 197: “Poetry of Ecstasy,” and English 102: “English and American Literature, 1650-1789,” Professor Robert Erickson: Jessica Audino, Hannah Curcio, Sarah Lyle, Kern McPherson, and Katie Omweg 10:30 Presentations by Students of English 231: “Visualizing Shakespeare,” Professor Mark Rose: Colin Carman, Brook Cosby, Stephen Deng, Amber Godey, and Alex McKee 10:45 Break 11:00 Presentations by Students of English 197 and 231: “Early Modern Visual Culture,” Professor Patricia Fumerton: (Undergraduates) Rebecca Chapman, Therese Clementi, Aja Davis, Patricia Tarango, Lauran Wiesenhutter (Graduate Students) Stephen Deng, Tassie Gnaidy, and Andreas Zachrau 12:00 Lunch 1:15 Awards Ceremony: Graduates of the Undergraduate Specialization in Early Modern Studies 1:30 Keynote Address, “Raphaelle Peale’s ‘Blackberries’: Imagination, Embodiment, and the Refusal of Selfhood,” Professor Alex Nemerov, Department of Art History and American Studies, Yale University 2:30 Break 2:45 Presentations by Students of English 235: “American Enlightenment,” Professor Elisa Tamarkin: Stephen Sohn, Colin Carman, Mike Benveniste, Mary Ma, Rob Wallace, Amber Godey, Carina Evans 3:15 Presentations by Students of Art History 257A: “Vision, Knowledge and the Scientific Revolution,” Professor Ann Jensen Adams: Amy Buono, Emma Cryer, Sarah Haight, April Haynes, Steven Kendall, Charlie Peterson, Katharina Pilaski, Angela Sagues, Kelly Turner 4:00 Roundtable Discussion: Ann Jensen Adams (Art History), Lee Bliss(English), Patricia Fumerton (English), Michael O’Connell (English), Alex Nemerov, Elisa Tamarkin (English) Mark Rose (English)

    (5/2/2002) Kevin Sharpe, "Recovering the Renaissance Reader"
    4:00 p.m., Seminar Room, 2417 South Hall

    (3/15/2002) Leah Marcus Seminar
    3:00 pm., EMC. Leah S. Marcus, Department of English, Vanderbilt University. Seminar on the writings of Elizabeth I.

    (3/14/2002) Leah Marcus Lecture
    3:00 pm. Seminar Room. Lecture by Leah S. Marcus, Department of English, Vanderbilt University. Title: "Reading Elizabeth Writing: The Text as Visual Artifact"

    (2/19/2002) Don Foster Lecture
    Don Foster is a Professor of English at Vassar, as well as a UCSB graduate. Well-respected as a literary "sleuth," Professor Foster is now working on the anthrax letters sent to public officials earlier this year.

    (2/1/2002) Linda Seidel Lecture
    3:00-6:30pm, State St. Room. Lecture by Linda Seidel, Department of Art History, University of Chicago. "Pain and its Antidote in Fifteenth-Century Painting" (co-sponsored with Medieval Studies)


    Stephen Orgel, Department of English, Stanford University
    "Shylock's Tribe"

    Joseph Roach, Department of English and Art History, Yale University,
    "The Global Parasol: Accessorizing the Four Corners of the World"

    Panel Discussion: Ann Bermingham, Robert Hamm, Mark Rose, Stephen Orgel, and Joseph Roach


    Sheila Hwang, Department of English, UCSB,
    "People, Places, and Things: Objects of Subjectivity in Emma"

    Gina Shaffer, Department of English, UC Irvine,
    "The Invocation and Domestication of Sacrifice in Shakespeare's Othello
    and Heywood's A Woman Killed with Kindness"

    Panel Discussion: Stephen Deng, Bob Erickson, Sheila Hwang, Michael
    O'Connell, Gina Shaffer, and Anna Viele

    (5/5/2001 10:00:00 AM) THE EARLY MODERN 'NEW'

    An Undergraduate/Graduate Student Conference, featuring Professor Jean E. Howard of Columbia University, along with faculty and students from several English Department early modern courses

    Saturday, May 5 / 10 am to 3 pm
    McCune Conference Room, 6th Floor HSSB


    10 am
    Welcome and Introduction / Richard Helgerson

    10:15 am
    "New Worlds" (grad students from Comp Lit 265: Elizabeth Freudenthal, Geoffrey Bateman, Jeannie Provost, Gina Valentino, and Jeen Yu)

    10:45 am

    11 am
    Keynote talk: "New Geographies of the Early Modern Stage," Jean Howard

    Noon Catered lunch

    1 pm
    "The Old in the New: Medieval and Renaissance Drama" (featuring undergraduate and graduate students from Michael O'Connell's current English 197 and 230)

    1:30 pm
    "New Identities: Incorporation, Inscription, and Life Stories"
    (presenting the work of David Marshall and Everett Zimmerman's English 232)

    2 pm
    Panel Discussion on the Early Modern "New" (Elizabeth Cook, Patricia Fumerton, Robert Erickson, Jean Howard, Mark Rose, and William Warner)