Reading Early Modern Studies Conference

Each July, scholars from around the world meet at the Reading Early Modern Studies conference to debate current issues in the field. This year, our plenary speakers are Professor Benjamin Kaplan, from University College, London, who will speak on ‘ “Between Them Sleeps the Devil”: The Tribulations of An Interfaith Couple in the Eighteenth Century’, and Professor Virginia Cox, from New York University, whose lecture ‘Anthologizing Early Modern Italian Women’s Lyric’ coincides with the publication of her  edition Lyric Poetry by Women of the Italian Renaissance, the first modern anthology of verse by Italian women of this period.

Lyric Poetry

The conference is also hosting a very rich strand of papers sponsored by Early Modern Women’s Research Network. A highlight of the first evening will be a very rare performance of Lady Jane Lumley’s adaptation of Euripides’ Iphigenia At Aulis, which is the first translation of Euripides into English and the first known dramatic work by a woman in English. The conference will also celebrate the publication of the sixtieth title in the Early Modern Literature in History series at Palgrave MacMillan, which has a long-standing affiliation with the Early Modern Research Centre at Reading, whose origins can be traced back to the very first early modern studies conference at Reading held almost twenty-five years ago in 1989, ‘Politics, Patronage and Literature in England’. For further details of the conference, including a copy of the draft programme, see: If you would like to register for the conference or to see the performance, please email Jan Cox:

About Cindy

Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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