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We are Kyle Dase and Tristan B. Taylor, the newest additions to the editorial team of JNR: Polaris. Both Kyle and Tristan are currently doctoral candidates in the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan. Kyle’s research contextualizes John Donne’s verse epistles from the perspective of Renaissance sociability through the use of digital methodologies. […]
In this supplement to his previous Polaris post, Andrey Scheglov (Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences) establishes parallels between Olaus Petri’s pioneering work of Swedish historiography, A Swedish Chronicle (En Svensk krönika) and The Jewish Antiquities and The Jewish Wars of the ancient historian Josephus Flavius.
Lubaaba Al-Azami & Samera Hassan
Medieval and Early Modern Orients (MEMOs) is a recently launched AHRC-funded collaborative project that seeks to illuminate encounters between England and the Islamic worlds….
Could a sixteenth-century cleric approve of dissecting human bodies for scientific purposes? The case of the Swedish Lutheran reformer Olaus Petri (c. 1493–1552) proves that it could be so. In his theological treatise, ‘A Teaching on the Noble Creation, Fall and Restoration of Man’, Olaus mentions dissection and speaks positively of it..
Usually, when a gallery needs reconstruction, exhibitions are closed, but when the reconstruction is planned to go on for a longer time, the galleries tend to organise temporary exhibitions of the highlights of the permanent collection…
WWW Peter Auger
Thoughts on the Early Modern Boundaries project, and on how early modernists might develop working practices that better reflect the transnational and multilingual nature of early modern cultures.
PODCAST SPECIAL. Three public lectures by Rebecca Hasler at the University of St Andrews, this year’s St Leonard’s College Research Prize Lectures in the Arts & Humanities: ‘New and Fake News in Early Modern England’, ‘Discovering Crime, Real and Fake’, and ‘Fake News: Satire and Fiction’. Listen to find out about fake news in early modern England.
A report on the reconstruction of Francis Beaumont’s 1613 court masque, The Masque of the Inner Temple and Gray’s Inn. Funded by the Historical Dance Society, the reconstruction followed a weekend of early dance workshops led by scholar-practitioner Dr Anne Daye.
& Gordon Raeburn
A report on the one-day seminar hosted at the University of Melbourne, in association with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), organised by Dr Gordon Raeburn (University of Melbourne) and Dr Katherine Heavey (University of Glasgow) and with the keynote lecture delivered by Professor Cora Fox (Arizona State University).
Rachel Delman & Phoebe Linton
Conference Report. Though nominally a conference on the Middle Ages, papers spanned the 9th to the 16th centuries, and the sometimes disconnected subdivisions of early-medieval, late-medieval and early modern studies were considered in close relation to each other. Keynote speaker Dr Sarah M. Dunnigan addressed the late medieval/early modern divide explicitly…
Anindya Raychaudhuri & Hannah Fitzpatrick
PODCAST SPECIAL in collaboration with State of the Theory. Many early modernists object to representations of Shakespeare’s life and works that elide a myriad of messy issues. Anindya and Hannah take up the politics of the commemoration of Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death, and discuss conflicting representations of Shakespeare…
In his recent BBC4 television series rethinking the art of the Renaissance, Waldemar Januszczak began with Giorgio Vasari. According to Januszczak, that ‘Michelangelo groupie’ was responsible for inventing the Renaissance in his use of the term rinascita to describe what was happening around him artistically. The tale which Vasari wove in his Lives of the Artists was one of cultural triumph…
PeterlAuger et al.
Most researchers studying multilingual and transnational aspects of Renaissance literary culture work within departments centred on individual languages and national canons. The co-authors of this piece, for instance, include a specialist in the Spanish New World who teaches Cervantes…
In the learned discourse of the Renaissance, the North was not just depicted as a geographical location, but also contained a set of qualities which characterised its nature as well as the people who lived there: ‘Northernness’. It was a rough, wild place…
WWW Ed Simon
According to the Italian, the English were just as unimpressed with him as he was with them. On an Ash Wednesday in 1583 they sat in this dark-wood panelled dining room, tapestries keeping out the chill of late winter even as the cold couldn’t help but enter through the leaded window with its multicoloured glass diamonds…
On July 16, 1945 an assembled group of scientists saw a false sun rising in the west. Here, in the Jornardo del Muerto scientific myths of progress and religious myths of the last days were finally fused in a terrifying transmutation of mass into energy. They witnessed an alchemical nightmare at Alamogordo, New Mexico where man’s fear and desire for apocalypse was finally matched by man’s technical ability.