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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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IMEMS Library Fellows 2017: Work in Progress Seminar

9th May 2017, 12:10 to 13:30, IAS Seminar Room, Cosins Hall, Dr Liam Temple & Dr Derek Dunne

In this informal lunchtime event IMEMS Library Fellows Drs Liam Temple and Derek Dunne will each give short presentations about their work to date on the Durham collections, to be followed by questions and answers and general discussion.

Lunch will be provided but please note that space is limited and so places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to book

Dr Liam Temple will use his fellowship to focus on the seventeenth-century manuscript and print material in the Poor Claires’ Library collection. Drawing on his previous research into English Benedictine mysticism, he will explore the wide range of devotional and spiritual works collected by the English Poor Clares, focusing especially on works of spiritual direction used by the nuns which were originally written for different female religious communities. He aims to explore how the library’s collection of works by Benedictine, Carmelite, Jesuit and Augustinian confessors and authors can shed new light on the interconnected nature of spiritual direction in the seventeenth century.

Dr Derek Dunne’s project, entitled ‘Rogues’ Licence: Counterfeiting Authority in Early Modern Literature’ combines archival research on early modern licences and related documents with analysis of literary texts in terms of forgery, counterfeiting, and discourses of authority. Elizabethan and Stuart plays had to be licenced for performance, and works of literature needed a licence before going to print. While this historical fact is known, this research uses it as an interpretive entry-point into the nexus between government bureaucracy and literary production for the first time. At once a material condition of print or performance and a metaphorical promise of excess, the licence is shown to be a defining document of early modern English culture. The holdings at Durham Cathedral and the Durham University’s special collections offer unprecedented access to a variety of pre-modern paperwork not usually preserved.

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