CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Foxe's Book of Martyrs

Source of Information: RENAIS-L 2000-11-08
Date of Event: 2001-06-18 to 2001-07-29
Location of event: Columbus, USA
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2001-04-15

        2001 NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers:  Applications are invited for a seminar on "Foxe's Book of Martyrs: A Paradigm for Early Modern English Print Culture."  This interdisciplinary program will consider John Foxe's Book of Martyrs as the defining text of early modern English print culture. We shall explore how its early editions exemplify the highest state of contemporary English printing technology and try to answer the questions of how and why each took unique physical shape as the longest, most fully illustrated, and most complicated book of the age.  Study of the book as a material object will enable members to inquire why, during the age of Shakespeare, the Book of Martyrs molded sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English poetry, drama, historiography, biography (and more), and exerted greater influence upon English national and religious consciousness than any other book aside from the Bible. Our concerns include religious persecution and pacifistic response, shaping of martyrological identity, women's roles as readers and textual interpreters, and relationships with writings by Erasmus, Thomas More, William Tyndale, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Milton, and others. Applications are welcome from teachers and scholars who specialize in English literature, history, art history, women's studies, religious studies, bibliography, and print culture. Faculty in departments with Ph.D. programs are not eligible.  This six-week seminar will meet at The Ohio State University from 18 June-29 July 2001.  Participants will receive stipends of $3,700.  The deadline for application is 15 April 2001.  For further information, write to:  Justin Pepperney, Department of English, 164 West 17th Avenue, Room 421, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH 43210-1370; phone:  614/294-3846; email: