Dr Bonnie Lander Johnson publishes Chastity in Early Stuart Literature and Culture (updated)

imgresDr Bonnie Lander Johnson’s new book Chastity in Early Stuart Literature and Culture is published with Cambridge University Press. In the book, Lander Johnson explores early modern ideas of chastity, demonstrating how crucial early Stuart thinking on chastity was to political, medical, theological and moral debates, and that it was also a virtue that governed the construction of different literary genres.

Dr Lander Johnson’s book is featured this week on the University’s Research page: read more about it here.

Dr. James Riley interviewed for Otherzine

fleapitpostersBetween 2003 and 2009 Dr. James Riley ran a series of DIY film shows,
events and film tours across the UK. He’s now writing up this long, strange
trip in the form of a psychogeographical travelogue with the working title
of Road Movies.

A key influence on the project was the site-specific work of Craig Baldwin,
a pioneering ‘assemblage’ film-maker based at San Francisco’s Other Cinema.
Dr. Riley has previously published on Baldwin’s work and now his own
‘Fleapit’ film project has been featured in Otherzine, the Other
Cinema’s journal of film culture.

The interview was conducted by Evie Salmon who in her introduction to the
text provides an accurate account of a ‘typical’ Fleapit show….

You can read the full interview here.

Terry Eagleton on The Comedians by Trevor Griffiths

Part II of the Northern Literature and Culture series, Hughes Hall
25th February 2016 7:30pm, The Pavilion Room, Hughes Hall Cambridge
Free event but please RSVP to events@hughes.cam.ac.uk


The great literary theorist examines the celebrated 1975 play in which a stand-up comic Eddie Waters rents a room above a Manchester pub to teach six pupils his alternative vision of comedy. Partly a reaction to the crass humour of Granada TV’s The Comedians, Richard Eyre decribed it as ‘the greatest play of the 1970s’.

Dr Edward Allen receives Wellcome Trust Grant

Dr Edward Allen, Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, has been awarded a Medical-Humanities Small Grant from The Wellcome Trust for a project entitled  ‘Ear Pieces: Listening, Diagnosing, Writing – 1815-2015’. The grant will enable Dr Allen to undertake archival research in the US in Summer 2016, and to run an international conference in September 2016 in the Faculty of English, drawing on the expertise of musicologists, neuroscientists and linguists in a bid to understand the ways our ears have worked (or failed to work) historically. 

Lichen Ohms Seriatim and The Internet of Things (Updated)

An installation that ran at Corpus Christi College Chapel during the Festival of Ideas in 2015, ‘Lichen Ohms Seriatim’–created by Drew Milne, Tom Hall, and Barry Byford and partially funded by the Faculty’s Judith W Wilson Fund–is gaining new popularity this week after the Raspberry Pi Blog posted about its use of the single-board computer to do the ‘computational heavy lifting’ for the project. The Raspberry Pis acted as portable media devices that used locator beacons (created with UriBeacon Technology; an open-source protocol which did not limit the type of device that could be used) to provide an immersive audio-visual environment based on a person’s location in the chapel. More information about the technology behind the installation is available on the Ludions web site and a video trailer may be viewed below.

The installation was opened on 24 October 2015 as part of the Festival of Ideas and the group plans to run it again in future.

Update: Dr Milne, Mr Byford and Mr Hall will be with Royal Holloway’s Poetics Research Centre in London on 5th February 2016 to talk about the project. More details (including time and location) may be  found at the event’s web site.  Do go if you can!

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Elizabeth Savage Curates British Museum Exhibition

160121_weiditz_charles_v_18620208 Earliest attempts at colour printing in the West on display for the first time

German Renaissance Colour Woodcuts at the British Museum Curated by British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Elizabeth Savage

A new exhibition at the British Museum examines the earliest attempts to incorporate colour into printmaking in the 1400s and 1500s in the German lands—where colour printmaking began in the West. It brings together 31 prints and one drawing, many of which are unique and have never been displayed together before, to present a representative survey of the first century of colour printing in Germany, where the technology developed. Curated by Dr Elizabeth Savage of the Cambridge Faculty of English as a result of her British Academy funded research project, it is the first exhibition dedicated to the early history of colour prints in Renaissance and Reformation Germany. You can read more about the Exhibition and Dr Savage’s research here.

New Centre for Material Texts exhibition space opens with 19th century commonplace books

display-for-newsThe first Centre for Material Texts exhibition is now live in the new exhibition cases on the first floor of the English Faculty at 9 West Road. Graduate students on Ruth Abbott’s MPhil module on 19th century writers’ notebooks have installed an exhibition of original 19th century commonplace books. The exhibition had its first installment in October 2015 at the Wordsworth Museum in Cumbria, and it has now come south and been reimagined for the English Faculty. Come and see these fascinating original manuscripts, and add an entry of your own to our modern commonplace book while you’re there!

Dr Lucy Allen – Positively Medieval on BBC Radio 4

ezq4O9Yf_400x400Dr Lucy Allen presents a new episode of Four Thought, a BBC Radio 4 series of thought-provoking talks in which speakers air their thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society.

In  Positively Medieval, Dr Allen argues that the way in which medieval society is often presented – as indifferent to sexual violence against women – is wrong. Dr Allen recounts a disagreement with a colleague about the realism of violence depicted in the TV show Game of Thrones. In fact, she says, medieval monarchs were passing laws against sexual violence in wartime, and some medieval literature reflects a nuanced understanding of trauma caused by rape.