Conference Review – ANZAMEMS, University of Sydney

In this guest article, Daniel Johnson reflects on the recent conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS) at the University of Sydney. I am a part-time PhD student from the UK, studying the theology of the hymns of Isaac Watts (1674-1784) at the University of Leicester. I … Continue reading Conference Review – ANZAMEMS, University of Sydney

Aphra Behn: Cultural Translator and Editorial Intermediary

Here Dr. Jocelyn Hargrave of Monash University shares with us a fascinating insight into the connections between academia and publishing, and how working in both fields has informed her research.  Her article "Aphra Behn: Cultural Translator and Editorial Intermediary" has just been published in Volume 4 of Cerae Journal. Editing, specifically, and making books, more … Continue reading Aphra Behn: Cultural Translator and Editorial Intermediary

Metaphor and Meaning

With the publication of volume 4, 'Influence and Appropriation', we've asked our fantastic contributors to write a blog post about their work.  First up is Jenny Smith, whose paper explores the influential power of metaphor in early modern literature.  Her article can be found here: Necessary Abuse: the Mirror as Metaphor in the Sixteenth Century … Continue reading Metaphor and Meaning

Women’s History Month – Elisabeth von Nassau-Saarbrucken

How were medieval noble women involved in the transmission of secular literature? Stephanie Hathaway shares an example with us to celebrate Women's History Month. The Chanson de la reine Sébile exists in 13th-century alexandrine fragments, which are the oldest and only known metrical version of the story in existence.  They were found in bindings and … Continue reading Women’s History Month – Elisabeth von Nassau-Saarbrucken

Listening to the Gaoler’s Daughter

From whence come ideas? Kendra Leonard explores the origins of her new article (now live on the Cerae website) in this guest blog. My article about song and meaning in The Two Noble Kinsmen came about through my already-existing research interest in Shakespeare and music and a symposium held on Two Noble Kinsmen organized by my … Continue reading Listening to the Gaoler’s Daughter

Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Renaissance

  Behind every great book likes a great culture. In her new article (now live on the Cerae website), Lisa Tagliaferri explores the intricate relationship between text and translation in the Renaissance. Translation is a careful act of negotiation across not only language but culture, which becomes even more pronounced when we approach historical documents … Continue reading Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Renaissance

Ulrike Draesner’s Nibelungen . Heimsuchung – Book Launch

How has the Nibelungenlied inspired modern poet Ulrike Draesner's new book? Stephanie Hathaway attended the book launch this November.  Tuesday evening, New College, Oxford hosted the book launch for Ulrike Draesner’s latest volume of poetry: Nibelungen . Heimsuchung. The event was organized by Professor Karen Leeder and Mediating Modern Poetry, and attended by students and … Continue reading Ulrike Draesner’s Nibelungen . Heimsuchung – Book Launch

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 Sight and the body in Anglo-Saxon law & society

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

‘Economics of Poetry’ Conference: Rome, April 28-30 2016  

Used with permission from the 'Economics of Poetry' conference organisers. Tara Auty reflects on the recent 'Economics of Poetry' conference at the American University at Rome. Held on the grounds of the American University at Rome (AUR), from April 28-30 2016, the ‘Economics of Poetry’ conference was an academic gathering to discuss and advance the … Continue reading ‘Economics of Poetry’ Conference: Rome, April 28-30 2016