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Introducing Manuscript Pamphleteering in Early Stuart England

by Dr. Noah Millstone and Dr. Richard Bell (University of Birmingham)

Before the outbreak of the Civil War in 1642, England developed a large, influential and often radical pamphlet literature. Speeches, learned briefs, and scaffold apologies joined character assassinations, secret histories and conspiracy theories in a jumbled literary underground. Our two-day interdisciplinary conference will explore the scope and significance of this literature, considering both the scale and significance of scribal production in a period of political, religious and social turmoil. It will also introduce a forthcoming database of over four hundred texts that will enable scholars to understand better the production and circulation of pre-Civil War political writing.

The conference will take place at the University of Birmingham (in conjunction with the British Library and UCL’s Institute of Advanced Studies) between 29th and 30th June 2018. Speakers include: Dr Victoria Anker, Dr Richard Bell, Professor David Como, Dr Alexandra Gajda, Dr Emily Jennings, Professor Peter Lake, Professor Julia Merritt, Dr John Reeks, Dr Richard Serjeantson, Dr Laura Stewart, Dr Angus Vine and Dr Alison Wiggins.

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Past & Present is pleased to support this event and others like it. Applications are welcomed from scholars of at all career stages working on all time periods.

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