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The Thomas Browne Seminar 2013

Poetics and Prose theory in Early Modern English

29 May 2013, CREMS, University of York

  • Gavin Alexander (Cambridge):

The proportions of early modern poetics

  • Hannah Leah Crummé (Kings College London):

Theorizing English Rhetoric (Abraham Fraunce’s Arcadian Rhetorike and Fernando de Herrera)

  • Michael Hetherington (Cambridge):  

 Remembering Lysias: The Coherence of the Text in Early Modern England

  • Micha Lazarus (Oxford):

 Sidney and Vettori’s Aristotle

  • John Roe (York):

''Besely seeking with a continuell chaunge': the poetics of indeterminacy in Petrarch and Wyatt'.

  • Louise Wilson (St Andrews):

Theories of pleasure in early modern literary criticism

  • Elizabeth Scott-Baumann (King's College, London):

A pause for thought?: Critical writing by women and men 1610-1660

  • Katherine Acheson (University of Waterloo in Ontario):

The 'Way of Dichotomy': Visual Rhetoric, Dichotomous Tables, and Paradise Lost

  • Kevin Killeen (York):

The Prose of the Physics of Resurrection

  • Florence Hazrat (Cambridge):

Poesy, Plot and Parenthesis: Rhetorical Figures as Structural and Narrative Strategy in Early Modern Prose Writing

  • Stuart Farley (St Andrews):

The Extemporary Method in Early Modern English Prose

  • Jenny Richards (Newcastle):

Appealing to 'the physical ear': Thomas Nashe on prose style


The Thomas Browne Seminar 2012

Invention, Philosophy and Technology in the Seventeenth Century: A Symposium

University of York
Wednesday 23 May, 2012

  • Ayesha Mukherjee (Exeter)
    The economy and philosophy of manure in Hugh Platt
  • Paddy Bullard (Kent)
    Isaac Walton and Joseph Moxon, on technical manuals
  • Eleanor Decamp (Oxford)
    '[Keep] sharp neere as you can, ever hidden from the eyes of the Patient': the visibility of surgical objects in seventeenth-century literature
  • Tullia Giersberg (King's College, London)
    Cornelis Drebbel's 'Perpetuum Mobile' and the Contested Meanings of Invention in Ben Jonson's 'Mercury Vindicated from the Alchemists at Court' (1614-15)
  • Raphael Hallett (Leeds)
    'Invention', 'Creation' and Early Modern Laboratory Culture
  • Helen Hills (York)
    Inventio and invenzione: from saintly relic to art and back in baroque Italy
  • Adam Ganz (Royal Hollway)
    'Close, naked, natural', How the Lens changed writing
  • Michael Harrigan (Warwick)
    Plantation, Labour and Technology in the Early Modern 'Antilles'
  • Katherine Hunt (London Consortium, University of London)
    From procedural to miscellany: how to make a firework in the mid-seventeenth century
  • Cesare Pastorino (Sussex)
    Francis Bacon and the State Promotion of Innovation: the Early Stuart Patent System
  • Daisy Hildyard (Queen Mary's, London)
    'The Workmen could give me very little Account of any thing': John Locke and Daniel Defoe meet miners
  • Will Calvert (Cambridge)
    Invention, National Power, and the Limits of the Possible in Early Stuart England
  • Claire Preston (Birmingham)
    Big Dig: the poetics of early-modern drainage

The Thomas Browne Seminar 2010

University of York
Thursday 18 March, 2010

  • Bill Sherman (York)
    Mapping the World of Knowledge: Hernando Colón and the Biblioteca Colombina
  • Lisa Skogh (Stockholm)
    Library of Swedish queen Hedwig Eleonora
  • Daniel Starza-Smith (UCL)
    Edward, second Viscount Conway
  • Hugh Adlington (Birmingham)
    On Donne’s Library
  • Piers Brown (York)
    On Donne’s Library

The Thomas Browne Seminar 2009

University of York
Wednesday 3rd June, 2009

  • Iain McClure (King's College, London)
    'Milton's 'cany wagons light': automata and the vacuity of invention
  • Edward Paleit (University of Exeter)
    English classical scholarship and the merces literarum: the case of Thomas Farnaby
  • Simon Howes (University of Oxford)
    'By these Means and Helps, the excellent Hippocrates arriv'd at the top of Physik': Thomas Sydenham and the politics of the Observationes Medicae
  • Mark Jenner (University of York)
    Country Tastes and a Chinese Touch? Sir John Floyer's Senses
  • Angus Gowland (University College, London)
    Burton, Browne, and Renaissance dream theory

The Thomas Browne Seminar 2007

Authority and Authorities in Thomas Browne and His Contemporaries: A Symposium

University of Leeds
Saturday 21st April 2007

  • Kathryn Murphy, The physician’s religion and salus populi: the 1642 publication of Religio Medici
  • Mary Ann Lund, 'Raptures of futurity': Browne and religious ecstasy
  • Dean Thompson, Ash and Scattered Urns: The Arrangement of Thought in Sir Thomas Browne's Hydriotaphia and The Garden of Cyrus
  • Chloe Houston, 'A true relation of what mine eies saw': questioning authority in early seventeenth-century travel narratives
  • Anna Winterbottom, The Early Royal Society, Travel Writing, and the Establishment of Scientific Authority
  • Christopher Johnson, Between Anatomy and Uroscopy: Burton, Browne, and Early Modern Encyclopedism
  • Benjamin Wardhaugh, Poor Robin and Merry Andrew: mathematical humour and mathematical metaphors in Restoration England
  • Rosanna Cox, 'Monkish and Miserable Sophistry': Milton versus Scholasticism
  • Philip Major, Biblical authority in Clarendon’s Contemplations and Reflections on the Psalms of David
  • Evan Labzetta, Radicalizing Political Dissent during the English Civil Wars

The Thomas Browne Seminar 2006

Birkbeck College, University of London
Saturday 8th April 2006

  • Claire Preston, The Arena of the Unwell: Letter to a Friend as Medical Narrative
  • Karen Edwards, Thomas Browne and the Absurdities of Melancholy
  • Stephen Clucas, Argument, authority and textual fragmentation in Natural Philosophy: Browne, Burton and Galileo
  • Kathryn Murphy, 'A man very well studyed': Thomas Browne and the Hartlib circle
  • Kevin Faulkner, The Ghost of a Rose: Hermetic phantasmagoria and The Garden of Cyrus
  • Philip Major, Urn-Burial and the interregnum royalist
  • Kevin Killeen, The Politics of Painting in Pseudodoxia Epidemica

Leiden Conference, 2005

Four Centuries of Thomas Browne


Department of English, University of Leiden
Thursday and Friday, 27- 28 October 2005

Organised by Richard Todd and Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen (University of Leiden)

Conference speakers:

  • Brooke Conti, Yale University/Temple University, PA, 'The Rhetoricke Wherewith I Perswade Another I Cannot Persuade Myself': The Religio Medici’s Profession of Faith
  • Claire Preston, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Of Cyder and Sallets: Browne and the Hortulan Saints
  • Reid Barbour, University of North Carolina, Atheists, Monsters, and Plague: Weeds and Tares in the Garden of Thomas Browne’s Padova, 1632

Conference Papers:

  • Kathryn Murphy, Balliol College, Oxford, 'A Likely Story': Plato’s Timaeus in The Garden of Cyrus
  • Roy Rosenstein, American University of Paris, Browne, Borges, and Back: The Phantasmagories of Imaginative Learning
  • Brent Nelson, University of Saskatchewan, Sir Thomas and Son, Collectors
  • Richard Todd, University of Leiden, Some bibliographical considerations on Browne’s use of “promiscuity” in the 1633 edition of John Donne’s Poems, “Elegies to the Author”
  • Mary Ann Lund, Wadham College, Oxford, Spiritual Physicians?: Robert Burton and Sir Thomas Browne on religion and medicine
  • Kees Verduin, University of Leiden, Under the leaden planet: Thomas Browne, black bile and seventeenth-century time travel
  • Hugh Adlington, King’s College London, Sir Thomas Browne and Divination
  • Ingo Berensmeyer, University of Siegen, The Politics of Sir Thomas Browne
  • Kevin Killeen, University of Reading, 'The community of this fruit': Commentary and curiosa in Pseudodoxia Epidemica
  • Dawn Morgan, St Thomas University, Reparation of 'our Primarie ruines': Thomas Browne’s Resistance to Allegory
  • Panel: 'Sir Thomas Browne, Leiden and medicine in the seventeenth century': Harm Beukers, Manfred Horstmanshoff (University of Leiden)