Tous les articles par Laetitia Sansonetti

jeudi 11 mai 2023, 17h30-19h, Victoria Moul (UCL), Protestant poetics, c. 1550-1650: the sixteenth-century transformation of Latin verse and its impact on English poetry

Séance organisée par : Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3

Lieu: Maison de la recherche Sorbonne nouvelle, 4 rue des Irlandais (75005), salle du conseil + Zoom (ask our secretary, Mathilde Alazraki, for the link: 

Protestant poetics, c. 1550-1650: the sixteenth-century transformation of Latin verse and its impact on English poetry
The lively debate about English prosody, focused in particular upon the decorum of rhyme and the role of quantitative metrics, is a well-known feature of late Elizabethan literary criticism. But the intense interest in form and metre at this period, which culminates in the metrical variety and pronounced innovation of the Sidney Psalter and, ultimately, in the achievement of Herbert’s Temple, sits within, and emerges from, a geographically wider and chronologically precedent Latin phenomenon. Although it has gone unremarked in modern scholarship, the range of available forms and metres for Latin verse underwent very rapid change in the second half of the sixteenth century, leading to an explosion in the possibilities especially for Latin lyric. This paper, drawing extensively upon both printed and manuscript sources, will offer an overview of this revolution in Latin poetics, while also suggesting some of the most important points of contact between formal developments in English and in Latin verse. Works mentioned or discussed are likely to include those of Walter Haddon, Abraham Fraunce, Philip and Mary Sidney, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw and Abraham Cowley.
Victoria Moul is Reader in Early Modern Latin and English at University College London. She has published widely on classical, early modern and modern poetry in English and Latin, with particular expertise in the bilingual literary culture of early modernity. Her most recent book in this field is A Literary History of Latin and English Poetry: Bilingual Literary Culture in Early Modern England, published last year by Cambridge University Press.

Vendredi 14 avril 2023, 16h30-18h: Janelle Jenstad (University of Victoria, Canada), Early Modern Stage Directions and the Encoded Playbook: Text or Markup?

Séance conjointe PEMS / ShakeS (Shakespeare en Sorbonne), organisée par : Sorbonne Université

Lieu: Maison de la recherche de Sorbonne, rue Serpente (75006), salle D 323. Also on Zoom – please write to our secretary for the link: )

“Early Modern Stage Directions and the Encoded Playbook: Text or Markup?”

How we encode, render, and count stage directions in a digital edition depends on the relationship between stage directions and the rest of the text. Are stage directions paratexts or are they part of the text of the playbook? What information do we need to capture when we encode stage directions? Where and how should we display them in our digital interface? And how should we number them in order to make them linkable and citable? This paper begins by showing the shifting placement of stage directions relative to the text block in the period 1500 to 1700 and briefly summarizing the recent burst of scholarship on stage directions, their purpose, authorship, and intended user. Then the paper turns to the challenge of encoding stage directions in the XML markup language of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) and reflects on the applicability of the <stage> element specification to early modern drama. Finally, the paper turns to how the Linked Early Modern Drama Online (LEMDO) project proposes to handle the rendering and numbering of stage directions both in our digital editions and in the LEMDO Hornbooks print-on-demand series. (This paper draws on research jointly conducted with Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award student Mahayla Galliford.)

Janelle Jenstad is Professor of English at University of Victoria. She directs The Map of Early Modern London (MoEML) and Linked Early Modern Drama Online (LEMDO), and co-coordinates The New Internet Shakespeare Editions (NISE) and Digital Renaissance Editions (DRE). With Jennifer Roberts-Smith and Mark Kaethler, she co-edited Shakespeare’s Language in Digital Media (Routledge). With Kaethler, she is co-general editing the MoEML Mayoral Shows Anthology (MoMS). She is editing in particular John Stow’s A Survey of London (1598 and 1633 texts) for MoEML; The Merchant of Venice with Stephen Wittek for the NISE; and Heywood’s 2 If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody for DRE. Her articles have appeared in Digital Humanities Quarterly, Shakespeare Bulletin, Renaissance and Reformation, Scholarly Editing, and Digital Studies/Champs Numeriques. Chapters appear in Teaching Early Modern Literature from the Archives (MLA); New Directions in the Geohumanities (Routledge); Early Modern Studies and the Digital Turn (Iter); Placing Names: Enriching and Integrating Gazetteers (Indiana); Early Modern Studies and the Digital Turn (Iter); Making Things and Drawing Boundaries (Minnesota); Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study (Routledge); and Civic Performance: Pageantry and Entertainments in Early Modern London (Routledge).


vendredi 10 mars 2023, 17h30-19h, Harry Newman, “Character, Reproduction, and Authorship in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale”

Séance organisée par : Université Versailles St Quentin (Paris Saclay)

Lieu : Sorbonne Université, rue de la Sorbonne (75005), salle F671 (free – if you are planning to attend please send a message to our secretary, Mathilde Alazraki, by 8 March:

+ Zoom (free – to receive the link, please fill in the registration form by 8 March:

There is still a widespread belief that towards the end of his career Shakespeare turned away from radical experiments with character (especially what is often called “inwardness”), adjusting his methods to privilege instead plot, action, and—as Anne Barton put it forty years ago—“the impersonal quality of a moment of dramatic time.” In this talk, I want to offer a reading of The Winter’s Tale (c. 1610) that puts a new spin on the debate about the place of character in “late” Shakespeare, exploring the play’s role in the treatment of Shakespeare the author as a character in literary history. Focusing on notions of reproduction and retrospection, I suggest that the tragi-comedy is central to the historical and enduring characterisation of Shakespeare as an immortal father of literature whose “dead likeness”—in Paulina’s phrase, describing Hermione’s statue—can be found in his plays. Most significantly, The Winter’s Tale shaped the bookish staging of Shakespeare as a deceased author (“the late” Shakespeare) in the influential opening leaves of the volume whose 400th anniversary we are celebrating this year, the First Folio of 1623.

Harry Newman is a senior lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. He works on theatre and book history, gender and sexuality, and the history of medicine and technology. His first monograph, Impressive Shakespeare: Identity, Authority and the Imprint in Shakespearean Drama, was published by Routledge in 2019, and he has edited special journal issues on “Metatheatre and Early Modern Drama” for Shakespeare Bulletin (vol. 36, no. 1, 2018; co-edited with Sarah Dustagheer) and on “Character Beyond Shakespeare” for the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies (vol. 21, no. 2, 2021). He is currently working on an alternative history of character in early modernity, and writing the introduction to the next Oxford World Classics edition of The Winter’s Tale.

Vendredi 10 février 2023, 17h30-19h: Alexander Samson (UCL), Hispanic Worlds in English Renaissance Culture 

Séance organisée par : Université Paris Nanterre

Lieu : Sorbonne Université, rue de la Sorbonne (75005), salle F671 (free – if you are planning to attend please send a message to our secretary, Mathilde Alazraki, by 8 February:

+ Zoom (free – to receive the link, please fill in the registration form by 8 February:

My work on Anglo-Spanish cultural and political relations began with doctoral research and eventually a monograph on the marriage of Mary I and Philip II, followed by a fellowship studying cultural and intellectual exchanges.  That it comes as a surprise to many people that England had a Spanish king in the mid-Tudor period and was ruled by the same monarch who thirty years later would attempt an invasion of the country with his Gran Armada is a telling reflection of how marginal and peripheral Spain and its culture have been in accounts of both the literary history and historiography of early modern England. Habsburg Spain’s hegemony in Europe in this period was not without fruit in the realms of art, literature, and culture. Multidirectional, many-layered, multi-dimensional contacts, encounters, and exchanges, through translation, peace and war, sharing and appropriating technology and material practices, produced a complex web of dynamic, shaping and determining influences. Transnational, connected, and global history approaches have complicated and undermined literary histories rooted in communities that had yet to come into being and languages whose identification with culture was merely emergent. In this presentation, I propose to present some early results from my work producing a new synthesis about England and Spain in the early modern period, which recognises that while often disavowed Hispanic worlds were nevertheless key to the emergence of many aspects of English Renaissance Culture.

Alexander Samson is Professor of Early Modern Studies in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. His research interests encompass the early colonial history of the Americas, Anglo-Spanish intercultural interactions and early modern English and Spanish drama. He has edited volumes on The Spanish Match: Prince Charles’s Journey to Madrid, 1623 (Ashgate, 2006),  A Companion to Lope de Vega (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2008) with Jonathan Thacker, Locus Amoenus: Gardens and Horticulture in the Renaissance, a monographic Special Issue of Renaisance Studies (2012), and Philip IV and the World of Spain’s Rey Planeta (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming) with Stephen Hart. He has published articles and book chapters on everything from historiography and royal chroniclers in 16th century Spain to English travel writers, firearms, maps, John Fletcher, Cervantes, female Golden Age dramatists and historical fiction. His book Mary and Philip: the Marriage of Tudor England and Habsburg Spain was published by Manchester University Press in 2020. He is currently working on a book provisionally entitled Hispanic Worlds in English Renaissance Culture, as well as editions of Lope de Vega’s Lo fingido verdadero and James Mabbe’s Exemplary Novels. He runs the Golden Age and Renaissance Research Seminar and directs UCL’s Centre for Early Modern Exchanges and the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters.

20 January, Heidi Brayman, Soundproof

Heidi Brayman (UCR), Soundproof: Deafness, Muteness, and Alterabilities in Early Modern England

Maison de la recherche Sorbonne nouvelle, 4 rue des Irlandais (75005), salle du conseil (5.30pm-7pm)

Also via Zoom (ask our secretary for link)

A religious, legal, and literary history of deafness and muteness, Soundproof considers a range of vocal silences and alternative modes of communication in early modern England, exploring the status and meaning of deafness and muteness as disability, practice, ploy, and convention in households, theaters, abbeys, and courts of law. The project engages the deeply complicated forms of representing disability in the early modern period – the moment, for example, when the assumption that the congenitally deaf are inevitably mute was at last called into question. As the pun in the title suggests, the book is also concerned with issues of evidence and proof, and it seeks to make a methodological and theoretical intervention into our understanding of historical and literary standards of evidence and argument.

Heidi Brayman is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. Her first monograph, Reading Material, is a study of print, gender and literacy in early modern England; she has also co-edited three volumes, Reading Women: Literacy, Authorship, and Culture in the Atlantic World, 1500-1800; Teaching Early Modern English Literature from the Archives; and Books in History, Books as History: New Intersections of the Material Text. A former Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America, she turns in her current book project to a more explicit engagement with English theatrical practice and performance, along with religious history, devotional lyric, and critical disability studies.

2 décembre 2022, bookclub

Friday, 2 December, 5.30-7pm (Paris time), Sorbonne université (rue de la Sorbonne, 75005, salle F671) + Zoom (ask our secretary for the link)

Books published by PEMS members in 2022 will be presented:

Laetitia Sansonetti and Rémi Vuillemin (eds), Language Commonality and Literary Communities in Early Modern England. Translation, Transmission, Transfer (Turnhout, Brepols, 2022)

The volume focuses on the role of translation and lexical borrowing in the expansion of specific English lexicons (erudite, technical, or artisanal) as evidenced in printed texts from the early modern period. It considers how language shapes identity in social, religious, philosophical, artistic and literary contexts, and is in turn shaped by claims of social, religious, philosophical, artistic and literary identity.

  • Presented by Laetitia Sansonetti (Université Paris Nanterre & IUF)

Greg Miller & Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise, Edward and George Herbert in the European Republic of Letters, Manchester University Press, 2022 

This collection explores connections between the full range of the Herbert brothers’ writings and activities, despite the apparent differences both in what they wrote and in how they lived their lives. More specifically, the volume demonstrates that despite these differences, each conceived of their extended republic of letters as militating against a violent and exclusive catholicity; theirs was a communion in which contention (or disputation) served to develop more dynamic forms of comprehensiveness. The literary, philosophical and musical production of the Herbert brothers appears here in its full European context, connected as they were with the Sidney clan and its investment in international Protestantism.

  • Presented by Greg Miller (poet-scholar, Professor Emeritus from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi) and Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

13 octobre 2022: Pierre Kapitaniak, Apparitions, Plagiarism, and the Holy League: A Critical Edition of Noël Taillepied’s Psichologie (1588)

Séance organisée par l’université Paris Cité (LARCA)

17h30-19h (Paris time)

Lieu: Maison de la recherche Sorbonne Université, 28 rue Serpente (75006), amphi Molinié, D035 / also via Zoom: please write to our secretary, Mathilde Alazraki, for the link ( 

In 1587 Noël Taillepied, a Franciscan friar, undertakes to write a treatise about apparitions, which he chooses to entitle Psichologie in order to rehabilitate the belief in purgatory, and consequently in the return of the souls of the deceased against the growing reformed heresy that reduces all apparitions to angels or devils and claims that miracles have ceased. But the book seems to have been published in a hurry and its publication coincides with the peak in the activity of the Holy League in Paris. Beyond mere curiosity of discovering yet another early modern treatise on the supernatural, editing Psichologie aims at unravelling Taillepied’s plagiarising techniques, his close interactions with the Parisian printers, and his possible implication in the League militancy.

Pierre Kapitaniak is professor of Early Modern British Civilisation at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3. He works on Elizabethan drama as well as on the conception, perception and representation of supernatural phenomena from the 16th to the 18th century. He published Spectres, Ombres et fantômes : Discours et représentations dramatiques en Angleterre (Honoré Champion, 2008), and co-edited Fictions du diable : démonologie et littérature (Droz, 2007). He translated into French and edited Thomas Middleton’s play The Witch/ La sorcière (Classiques Garnier, 2012). He is also engaged with Jean Migrenne in a long-term project of translating early modern demonological treatises, and has already published James VI’s Démonologie (Jérôme Millon, 2010) and Reginald Scot’s La sorcellerie démystifiée (Millon, 2015). He is currently preparing the edition of Noël Taillepied’s Psichologie (1588).