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The End of Angelica's Book

27 Jan 2015
The End of Angelica's Book

The End of Angelica's Book

Prof. Brendan Dooley

Thursday 29th January 3pm-5pm

O’Rahilly Building G42 South


“The End of Angelica's Book" explains a research project to recover the identity of a Renaissance reader and explore the story of her book.

Inside a badly damaged copy of a Renaissance classic acquired from a Florentine antique shop in early 2010 there was a brief neatly penned line of text on page 144 which conveyed key information about women’s experiences a half-millennium ago.  Working out from these two crucial pieces of evidence, a book and a brief writing, we seek to trace the vague outlines of a forgotten world of semi-clandestine reading and its effects on the 16th century psycheIf the definitive conclusions are few and the conjectures are many, at least, the journey is accompanied by some of the best tales of intrigue and adultery, love and hate, devilry and piety, lies and confessions, that the sixteenth-century mind ever devised. "The End of Angelica’s Book" attempts to connect book history with the history of knowledge, censorship, and women’s reading, by way of a single example, and its destiny.

This talk is being offered as part of the PG7004 Master Class "After the Book: The New Production of Texts" and also as a supplement to PG7037 “Critical Thinking”. All are welcome.

School of History

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