Willy Maley’s Bibliography on Institutions of Literature in the Seventeenth Century

Willy Maley has kindly provided an extensive and illuminating bibliography of relevant primary and secondary sources for those researching institutional activities in the seventeenth century (and people considering their legacies).  This can be downloaded using the link below. Willy Maley – Third University to the Royal Society Bibliography

Carolyn Oulton on Popular Fiction and the Folkestone Free Library 1881-1902

(Many thanks to Carolyn Oulton (Canterbury Christ Church University) for sending through an overview of her paper from the ‘Institutions as Curators’ workshop, along with tables showing some of the data that’s she’s working with in exploring the records of the Folkestone Free Library.) From ‘Boy’ to ‘Britain’: Popular Fiction Read More

Richard De Ritter on Encountering the Wonders of Nature: The Leverian Museum in Writing for Children, 1800-1805

(Many thanks to Richard De Ritter (University of Leeds) for sending through an overview of his paper from the ‘Institutions as Curators’ workshop, along with his PowerPoint.  We’re currently building up an archive of the workshop’s discussions and will be posting a series of further updates over the coming weeks.) Read More

Willy Maley on Institutions and Literature in the Seventeenth Century: From the Third University to the Royal Society

The ‘Institutions as Curators’ workshop opened with a talk by Willy Maley, Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Glasgow.  Willy’s presentation began by examining the word ‘lucriferous’, a coinage of Samuel Hartlib’s circle that maps closely onto the priorities for institutional development during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Read More

Matthew Sangster on Modes of Curation in the Practices of the Royal Literary Fund

(Some initial thoughts in advance of the ‘Institutions as Curators’ workshop.) One of the main contentions that informs the ‘Institutions of Literature, 1700-1900’ network is that current criticism doesn’t give enough credit to institutions when it tries to chart the disciplinary development of literature.  Most accounts of literary value have Read More

Suchitra Choudhury on Textile Orientalisms: Cashmere and Paisley Shawls in Literature

(Our second contribution looking forward to the ‘Institutions as Curators’ workshop is by  Suchitra Choudhury, who is currently a postdoctoral researcher and a participant in the University of Glasgow’s ‘Second Cities of Empire’ project.  Below, she discusses the interplay between the meanings of objects produced through circulations and collections and Read More