The Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies at Sussex is one of the foremost interdisciplinary institutions of its kind in Britain. Consisting of distinguished and committed academics from the School of English and Departments of History and Art History, as well as a thriving postgraduate community drawn from across the country and the world, the Centre covers most aspects of early modern study and is currently undergoing a new expansion into the medieval period.
With an international reputation of many years' standing, and with strong links with local archives and libraries, Sussex offers an ideal environment for faculty and students to strive for research excellence. Our MA modules encourage flexibility and innovation, offering training in specialist skills such as palaeography, and a firm and diverse grounding while developing specialisation.
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21/12/16: Building on the success of 2014's one day symposium on "Modified Bodies and Prosthesis in Medieval and Early Modern England" organised by CEMMS, Chloe Porter, Katie Walter and Margaret Healy have edited a special issue of Textual Practice on the same subject entitled Prosthesis in Medieval and Early Modern Culture. The collection of essays is the first such dedicated to prosthesis in medieval and early modern English culture and demonstrates the importance of the 'pre' or 'early' modern to histories and theories of prosthesis. Emerging first as a grammatical term in the English language in the sixteenth century and as a term for medical or bodily supplementation in the eighteenth century, contemporary explorations of prosthesis have often excluded or overlooked the medieval and early modern. Contributions to this issue, however, demonstrate both the longer histories of prosthesis (in medical, religious and dramatic contexts), and the ways in which medieval and early modern literary forms and genres (poetic, dramatic, exemplary, revelatory) can speak to our present-day discourse on this subject.
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Image credits: Albrecht Dürer, The Rhinoceros, 1515; Martin Droeshout, frontispiece, Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, 1623; S. Arnoul-les-Metz book of hours, c.1325-2350, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.