The Early Modern Commons


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Chaos in the Commonplace Book

29 June 2017

Alison Horgan unravelled the complexities of commonplace book structures in her talk for Book History @ Sheffield. Intriguing spaces where chaos is both allowed free rein and corralled...

Rethinking Time via the Early Modern Almanac

19 June 2017

Back in the crisp days of March, Book History @ Sheffield heard a fabulous paper from Sheffield PhD student, Catherine Evans. In her talk, ‘Pleating Time in Early Modern Almanacs’,...

Printing Agents: A New Book History Project at SCEMS

16 June 2017

  June 28th will see the first formal gathering of Printing Agents, a new network established to galvanise research into the connections between print culture and regional identity....

Miscellanies, a Disappearing Poet and a Metaphysical Jester

2 March 2017

When does a commonplace book become a miscellany? When does a miscellany become a text book and when is John Donne not a metaphysical poet? In the eighteenth century, that’s when....