Current Research

New scholarship from the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries
We are happy to share notices of new publications and presentations that draw upon research in the Special Collections of the of the Bodleian Libraries.

Cailah Jackson's (Oxford, Bahari Fellow in 2018) forthcoming article on a manuscript of the Kulliyat of Sa'di, 'An Illuminated Manuscript from Late Fourteenth-Century Shiraz in the Bodleian Library' Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Fall 2020 Vol. 5.2 (University of Pennsylvania Press), examines the style of illumination produced
under the Muzaffarid dynasty (1314–93).

Marc Smith on Early modern writing models, from manuscript to print
The calligraphic models for teaching scripts were developed by professional scribes such as copyists, chancery clerks, secretaries and writing masters. Beginning in September 2020, Marc Smith (École des Chartes) gave the first four of five Lyell Lectures on the history of these books and their makers.

New Scholarship: Discovering Lady Anne Clifford's library
During a Sassoon Visiting Fellowship in 2019 Jessica Malay (Huddersfield) found an inventory of books leading to a re-evaluation of the reading interests of this seventeenth-century noblewoman. Link to article on University of Huddersfield website. 

New Scholarship: Building empires and building libraries
In A Commerce of Knowledge: Trade, Religion, and Scholarship between England and the Ottoman Empire, c.1600–1760 (Oxford University Press, 2020), Simon Mills tells the stories of Church of England chaplains who served the English Levant Company; including how Edward Pococke built a library of Arabic, Hebrew, and Syriac manuscripts in the face of fierce competition from rival European collectors -- the library that ultimately came to the Bodleian.

Contributing to the CERL Provenance Digital Archive  
A Rare Books internship was a chance to explore the different marks that offer clues to ownership.

New Scholarship: Music theory in the fourteenth century
Adam Whittaker (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire), Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellow in 2019-20, compares manuscripts of the 'Four Fundamentals of Music' from the late fourteenth century. 

Michael P. Kuczynski (Tulane), Humfrey Wanley Fellow in 2019, published A Glossed Wycliffite Psalter: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Bodley 554, 2 vols, Early English Texts Society, OS 352, 353. 

Research by Dominic Janes (Keele), Humfrey Wanley Fellow in 2019, will be published as British Dandies: Fashioning a Nation (Oxford: Bodleian Library Publishing, c.2021). 

Monika Opalinska's (Warsaw) Sassoon Visiting Fellow in 2018, research on Middle English metrical translations and paraphrases of the Pater noster in the Bodleian Library manuscripts yielded material on Bodleian MS. Junius 121 (Summary Catalogue no.: 5232) which is incorporated in the chapter '"Hearing the inaudible": On scribal representations of phonological categories in medieval English verse' in Bartomiej Czaplicki, Beata Łukaszewicz, Monika Opalińska (eds.). Phonology, Fieldwork, Generalizations. Peter Lang, 2018, pp. 169-184.

Barbara Gribling (Newcastle), Sassoon Visiting Fellow in 2018-19, has published Playing with the Past: child consumers, pedagogy and British history games, c. 1780-1850. In: Gribling, B; Bryant Davies, R, ed. Pasts at Play: Childhood Encounters with History in British Culture, 1750-1914. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020, pp.193-220.


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