Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies

Sussex CEMMS in Partnership

Current and recent teaching and research partnerships

Shakespeare's Globe 

We have a long-standing partnership with Shakespeare’s Globe. They have been partners on the AHRC-funded ‘The Thomas Nashe Project’, hosting the reading of the stage adaptation of Terrors of the Night (20 May 2018) and a performance by Edward’s Boys of Summer’s Last Will and Testament at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (29 Sept. 2018). We teach an undergraduate course in collaboration, ‘Spectacular Imaginings’, and have lectured at the theatre and participated in events for many years (most recently at the ‘Shakespeare and Poland Festival, July 2019). We are co-organising a symposium, Beyond Shakespeare and Race, Friday 15-Saturday 16 May 2020. The Director of Education at the Globe, Patrick Spottiswoode, holds an honourary doctorate from Sussex University.

The Thomas Nashe Project

'The Thomas Nashe Project' which works in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, the University of Newcastle, and the Norfolk Museum and Archaeology Service, is an ambitious project of scholarly editing. Contracted by Oxford University Press: 6 volumes of all of Nashe's known writings, as well as dubia, with detailed annotation that takes account of advances in our understanding of the 16th century over the last 30 years; a new glossary that makes use of the e-search tools at our disposal; and extensive analysis and commentary.

The edition will consist of six substantial volumes:

  • Vol. 1: Introduction and textual notes. The Anatomie of Absurditie (1589); Preface to 'Menaphon' (1589); Preface to 'Astrophil & Stella' (1591); Pierce Penilesse His Supplication to the Devil (1592)
  • Vol. 2: Strange Newes (1592); Christ's teares over Jerusalem (1593); The Terrors of the Night (1593); Dido, Queen of Carthage (1594)
  • Vol. 3: The Unfortunate Traveller (1594); The Choice of Valentine and other verse (nd); Letter to William Cotton (1596)
  • Vol. 4: Have With You to Saffron-Walden (1596); Nashe's Lenten Stuffe (1599); Summer's Last Will and Testament (1600)
  • Vol. 5: Dubia, the Anti-Martinist Works: Countercuffe (1589); Mar-Martine (1589), Martin's Month's Minde (1589); Returne of Pasquill (1589); Almond for a Parrat (1590); Pasquil's Apologie (1590)
  • Vol. 6: Commentary; glossary of Nashe neologisms; Index 

 

University College Dublin 

The Sussex-UCD partnership is funded by The International Research Partnerships and Network Fund at Sussex, and the School of English at UCD. It is for three years in the first instance but may be renewed. It provides funding for the journal, The Spenser Review (http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/spenseronline/review/) edited by Jane Grogan (UCD) and Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), and involves an academic exchange of faculty. The Inaugural Sussex CEMMS-University College Dublin Partnership Lecture takes place on Monday 21st May in the English Social Space (B274) 5-7pm. Miranda Thomas (UCD) will give the lecture: ”Let shame say what it will: Shakespeare’s shaming gestures’, English Social Space (B264). Professor Tom Healy will visit UCD in May/June.

For information of our staged reading of James Shirley's The Politician, see our Events archive.

Petworth House (Past Partner)

CEMMS worked in partnership with the National Trust at Petworth House, West Sussex, and the West Sussex Record Office at Chichester in an investigation into the libraries and intellectual culture of the British country house during the early modern period.

The project involved an AHRC collaborative doctoral award which investigated a unique collection of early play quartos purchased by the 10th Earl of Northumberland during the seventeenth century. The quartos are housed at Petworth, where they have been kept since at least the 1690s. As part of the project some of the volumes were exhibited to the public, alongside display boards about the 10th Earl and the volumes themselves. Sussex researchers worked with The Guided Theatre Company and Petworth Festival to create a promenade performance featuring excerpts from some of the plays in the collection.

During the project, Petworth also played host to a symposium on Early Modern Sussex and a multi-disciplinary conference on libraries and the intellectual culture of the British country house (1500-1700). From the latter came a volume of collected essays edited by Matthew Dimmock, Andrew Hadfield and Margaret Healy.

Visit the National Trust website for Petworth House.

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