Sight and the body in Anglo-Saxon law & society

What was it about eye wounds that so fascinated writers and illustrators in late Anglo-Saxon England? Matthew Firth explores this in the companion blog to his new article 'Allegories of Sight: Blinding and Power in Late Anglo-Saxon England'. There are few images in medieval art as well known, or as well debated, as the depiction... Continue Reading →

John Lyly’s ‘Anatomy of Wit’ as an Example of Early Modern Psychological Fiction

Adele Kudish relates her first encounter with John Lyly's Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit in a blog post accompanying her new article in Ceræ: Volume 3. I first discovered John Lyly while writing my dissertation on what I call “proto-psychological fiction” or “analytical fiction” in Early Modern European prose. Proto-psychological fiction is a sub-genre in which analysis—self-questioning,... Continue Reading →

Uncovering Manly Eunuchs in the Byzantine Empire

Could a eunuch be considered "manly" in the early Byzantine Empire? This is the question Michael Stewart has set out to answer in the fourth article for Volume 2 titled "The Andreios Eunuch-Commander Narses: Sign of a Decoupling of Martial Virtues and Masculinity in the Early Byzantine Empire?" In this guest post, Michael sheds some light... Continue Reading →

The Merchant of Venice and the Sublime

We are delighted to publish our next article for Volume 2. The article is by Kathrin Bartha (Freie University Berlin) and is an attempt to apply the basic principles of the aesthetic discourse on the sublime, beautiful and grotesque to William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. In this guest blog post, Kathrin explains what happened... Continue Reading →

In Search of Early Modern Disgust

We've just published the second article in our rolling release of Volume 2. The piece is by Richard Firth-Godbehere (Queen Mary University of London) and considers how Thomas Wright’s 1604 work, The Passions of the Minde in Generall, might have fitted into his overall mission as an English Catholic preacher, particularly when read via Wright’s... Continue Reading →

‘Nonsence is Rebellion’: John Taylor’s ‘Nonsence upon Sence, or Sence, upon Nonsence’ (1651-1654) and the English Civil War

You may know that we've moved to a rolling release format and have just published the first article for the volume. The piece is by Emily Cock (University of Adelaide) and examines the political content of John Taylor’s Nonsence upon Sence, or Sence Upon Nonsence: Chuse you either, or neither (1651–1654), challenging the customary dismissal... Continue Reading →

Performing the Past: Text and Act in Eighteenth-Century Music

In an article for our inaugural issue, Hannah Lane (Australian National University) examined how emotions of tenderness and pain were performed and expressed on the single-action harp. Introduced to France in the mid-eighteenth century, the single-action harp reached the zenith of its popularity in pre-revolutionary Paris. Now, in this guest post, Hannah recounts her attraction to... Continue Reading →

Screening the Past: Historical Fiction and The White Queen

In our inaugural issue, Laura Saxton (Australian Catholic University) examined the characterisation of the Plantagenet queen, Elizabeth Woodville, in Philippa Gregory’s popular historical fiction novel, The White Queen. In this guest post, Laura considers the trials and tribulations of representing the past on screen in the context of novel's television adaptation. I presented an earlier... Continue Reading →

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