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Exam Reading - Closet Dramas and Representations of Affect

Closet dramas have been part of my sketchy mental dissertation outline since I began the exam reading process. I’ve always been intrigued by this genre and the particular way it invites readers to confront performance, often purely within the realm of imagination. 1,222 more words

Jewish Traditions in Christian Contexts: Hebrew Texts in Worcester Cathedral Library

Finding different Western editions of sacred Christian texts in a cathedral library is not overly extraordinary. At Worcester, we have a medieval English language Wycliffe Bible, a Dutch book of hours, a Gospel in French, and an edition of the Latin Vulgate produced in Italy. 564 more words


Seismic Japan and When the Earth Roars: An Interview

In two recent books, Greg Smits offers a history of earthquakes and seismology in Japan that creates a wonderful dialogue between history and the sciences. They’re books for anyone with an interest in the history of disaster, of the context of Fukushima, and of modern Japan, and we talked about both of them here.


The Early Modern Sleepover: A day (and night) at home in the Weald and Downland Museum

On a relatively warm summer’s evening a few weeks ago, as the visitors gradually disappeared from the Weald and Downland Museum, we watched the light fading through the massive windows in the hall of  1,158 more words

Period drama drinking game: medieval/renaissance edition!

Take a shot whenever you observe the following:

  • People eating raw fruit
  • Rich women picking up their skirts with their hands
  • Rich people wearing pale colours (except white)
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Life among the English c.1500

The following are extracts from a short report by a Venetian who spent time in England c.1500:

‘the English are great lovers of themselves, and of everything belonging to them; they think that there are no other men than themselves, and no other world but England;and whenever they see a handsome foreigner, they say that ”he looks like an Englishman,” and that ”it is a great pity that he should not be an Englishman”; and when they partake of any delicacy with a foreigner, they ask him ”whether such a thing is made in their country?” ‘ 160 more words

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Translating Qing Recipes: Fluid Translation

“Fluid Translation,” the newest installment in the Translating Recipes series at The Recipes Project, will be available today (for Pt. 1, here) and tomorrow (for Pt. 67 more words