Friday, May 23, 2014

New Scholars Program from the Bibliographical Society of America (BSA)

Each year, the Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) invites three scholars in the early stages of their careers to present twenty-minute papers on their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as members of a panel at the BSA's Annual Meeting, which takes place in New York City in late January. The New Scholars Program seeks to promote the work of scholars who are new to the field of bibliography, broadly defined. 

Those selected for the panel receive $600 toward the cost of attending the Annual Meeting and a complimentary one-year membership in the BSA.

For more about the New Scholars Program and application procedures, see:

The application deadline is 31 July 2014.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Enarratio is now On-Line!

Enarratio On-Line

Harriet Hudson addresses the MAM audience at Terre Haute in 2013.

Volume 17 of Enarratio is now available on line from Knowledge Base, hosted by The Ohio State University Libraries. Use this link to access it: ; articles can also be accessed by author or title searches from any web browser.

Access to the online edition of Enarratio is FREE! So check it out today!

Session Proposal for Renaissance Society of America 2015 – Afterlives of Lydgate

Session Proposal for Renaissance Society of America 2015 – Afterlives of Lydgate

Discipline Area: Literature

Keywords: John Lydgate, Fifteenth Century, Sixteenth Century, Print

John Lydgate epitomizes the fifteenth century. To many scholars, he fits easily in the space between the genius of Chaucer and the flowering of the Renaissance. His apparently deficient grasp of meter, his tendency towards loquaciousness, and his deference to his ‘maister’ Chaucer, all combine to make it easy to pigeon-hole Lydgate into a century whose literature is easy to overlook. Despite this latter-day designation, Lydgate maintained a strong presence amongst the reading public in England far beyond his own century. His works were among the first printed in English and he figured largely in the creation of a Chaucerian canon, being included in some of the earliest editions of Chaucer’s works. This panel will explore Lydgate’s impact on English literary history post-fifteenth century. What significance did he have on Renaissance literature? What importance should we draw from his print history? How should we view his status as a source for ‘Mirror for Magistrates’? What about the recent resurgence in his popularity among scholars? Why are we suddenly interested in Lydgate again?

Submit your paper abstracts (150 words max) to along with a 300 word max cv and keywords. Deadline: Monday, June 2nd. See the RSA website for further information:

Submitted by Tim Jordan

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Call for Speakers: Renaissance Print Culture at the Newberry Library (deadline May 15, 2014)

Renaissance Print Culture: An Aldine Quincentennial Symposium
Call for Speakers
Deadline for proposals: May 15, 2014

February 2015 will see the 500th anniversary of the death of Aldus Manutius, arguably the greatest printer of his age, and certainly the one whose name is best known. The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies will mark the occasion with a day-long public symposium on Saturday, February 7 (see

The symposium aims to bring the fruits of recent printing-history research to a broad Chicago public. Brian Richardson of the University of Leeds will deliver a keynote address on Venetian culture and printing, for which he has announced a working title, "Venetian Printing in the Early Cinquecento and the Impact of Aldus Manutius."

We invite proposals for 20-minute talks on topics related to the history and culture of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century European printing, from faculty members and postdoctoral scholars affiliated with Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions. Ideally these would present research in progress and be presented in terms understandable to a well-educated general public.

If you have such a talk to offer, please send a one-page abstract and a two-page CV as email attachments, by May 15, to:

Karen Christianson
Associate Director
Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies


Consortium scholars may be eligible to apply for travel funds to participate in this program. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details and authorization (

Sunday, May 4, 2014