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The University of Southampton
Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture

Music, Literature, Illustration Event

16 - 17 February 2010
Chawton House Library

Event details

Music, Literature, Illustration: Collaboration and networks in English manuscript culture, 1500 - 1700- an AHRC funded conference.

Keynote speaker: Dr Peter Beal FBA ( Institute of English Studies , University of London)

This two-day conference brought together postgraduate and early career researchers working on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English manuscript sources. Many of the sources from this period are multi-authored and contain strikingly disparate materials, posing a serious challenge to scholars working within traditionally defined disciplinary boundaries.

The primary aim of the conference was to address this challenge: to provide an opportunity for genuine interdisciplinary discussion, and to create new networks between researchers which will enable them to share both theoretical perspectives and practical approaches to working with early modern manuscript materials.
Our definition of ‘literature' for this conference was a broad one, including (but not limited to) poetry, prose, drama, (auto)biography, letters, devotional writing and medical/scientific texts.

And then, a final sentence needs to be added which simply says: For a review of this conference, see the Royal Music Association Newsletter , XIV.1 (April 2010).

If you have any questions please contact Michael Gale ( or Louise Rayment ( )

We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the AHRC, the Society for Renaissance Studies, Music and Letters Trust, The Royal Musical Association and the Royal Historical Society.

Image: the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

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