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English Postgraduate Research Seminar: Elaine Hobby – Thursday 16 November 2017

16th November 2017 @ 5:15 pm - 7:15 pm


You are warmly invited to the English Postgraduate Research Seminar with Professor Elaine Hobby. The event takes place Thursday 16th November at 5.15 in the Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Mile End campus. All are welcome.

This week’s paper:

‘Editing the Cambridge Edition of the Complete Works of Aphra Behn

The talk will focus mostly on the pleasures and unexpected discoveries of undertaking archival work to enable a Complete Works of this extraordinarily diverse Restoration writer, whose oeuvre includes not only 20 plays, but also fiction, French translations, and a great variety of poetry. Highlights include examples of comments written into the margins of Behn’s books by her contemporaries and later readers; evidence that we have uncovered of the author’s own involvement in stop-press corrections of her texts; and the research we are undertaking to disentangle the history of Behn’s involvement with a great diversity of book-sellers and printers. The paper will end by showing that even what is perhaps Behn’s best-known work, The Rover, is full of surprises when approached with an editor’s eye, and endeavour to convince those present that no academic work could possibly be more puzzling – and so, more interesting – than editing.

Elaine Hobby is a Professor of Seventeenth-Century Studies at Loughborough University, where she has worked since 1988, the same year that saw the appearance of her first book, Virtue of Necessity: English Women’s Writing 1649-1688. She is fascinated by the early-modern period – by how people then made sense of the world – and learned a lot through working on Her Own Life: Autobiographical Writings by Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen with Elspeth Graham, Hilary Hinds and Helen Wilcox, who remain her firm friends. Quite often, she has engaged with the writings of the radical thinkers of the mid-seventeenth century – Quakers, Baptists, Diggers, and especially with the works of the women of those movements. Some time in the 1990s she got lost in the early-modern body, and produced editions of two midwifery manuals, Jane Sharp’s The Midwives Book (1671), and Thomas Raynalde and others, The Birth of Mankind, 1540-1654. Her great passion is editing, and having recently seen to completion the late Bill Overton’s Collected Verse of John, Lord Hervey, 1696-1743, is one of the General Editors of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Aphra Behn.


16th November 2017
5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
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English PGRS


Lock-Keeper’s Cottage
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road, E1 4NS
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