Print of Protestant soldiers arresting Elizabethan Catholics

The Book Culture of the Elizabethan Catholic Underground

Fri., Nov. 8, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Rothenberg Hall
Event Notes: 
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This interdisciplinary conference explores the subterranean world of Elizabethan Catholic print and scribal culture, set against the backdrop of press censorship, illicit printing, book smuggling, subversive scribal publication, and the uses of Catholic writing by government agents. The study of book circulation illuminated the nature and significance of the persecuted religious minority that was, by the end of the 16th century, no longer supposed to exist.

Conference Schedule


8:30 a.m. - Registration & Coffee

9:30 a.m. - Welcome: Steve Hindle (The Huntington)

Mark Rankin (James Madison University)
Capitalizing on Alison & Rogers and Manuscript Studies

Earle Havens (Johns Hopkins University)
Pearls of the Catholic Underground at The Huntington Library

10 a.m. - Session 1: Medieval Revivals
Moderator: Deborah Shuger (University of California, Los Angeles)

Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge University)
Archives of Prayer: Medieval Books and Catholic Memory in Elizabethan England

Earle Havens (Johns Hopkins University)
Elizabethan Catholic Apocalypse: Devotion, Imagination, and the Hybridity of Manuscript and Print

12 p.m. - Lunch

1 p.m. - Session 2: Missionary Book Culture
Moderator: Lindsay O'Neill (University of Southern California)

J. Christopher Warner (Le Moyne College)
The Business of Catholic Controversial Literature: An Elizabethan Exile in the Low Countries Book Trade

Alison Shell (University College London)
Secrets of an Elizabethan Catholic Cabalist

3 p.m. - Break

3:15 p.m. - Session 3: Printed Polemics
Moderator: Stefania Tutino (University of California, Los Angeles)

Peter Lake (Vanderbilt University)
The Archpriest Controversy in Print

Freddy Dominguez (University of Arkansas)
In the Shadows of Tacitus and Eusebius: English Catholic Secret Histories, Print, and Counter-Reformation Culture


9 a.m. - Registration & Coffee

9:30 a.m. - Session 4: Verse in Script and Print
Moderator: Heidi Brayman (University of California, Riverside)

Arthur Marotti (Wayne State University)
Catholic Verse in Manuscript and Print as Oppositional Politics

Robert Miola (Loyola University of Maryland)
Text, Paratext, Context: The Scribal and Print Publications of Tichborne's 'Lament'

11:30 a.m. - Lunch

12:30 p.m. - Session 5: Textual Receptions
Moderator: Lori Anne Ferrell, Claremont Graduate University

Clarinda Calma (Tischner European University)
Cross-Cultural Exchange and Accommodation: The Afterlife of Edmund Campion's Rationes decem in the Public Religious Debate of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Susannah Monta (University of Notre Dame)
Reading the Rule: The Reception of the Short rule of St. Robert Southwell, SJ

2:30 p.m. - Break

2:45 p.m. - Session 6: Scribal Afterlives
Moderator: David Cressy (Claremont Graduate University)

Mark Rankin (James Madison University)
The Manuscript Tradition and Early Scribal Anthologizing of Nicholas Sander's Catholic History of the Reformation

Liesbeth Corens (Queen Mary University of London)
Avoiding Scandal, Bearing Witness: Scribal Afterlives of Printed Authors and Building a Catholic Canon

4:45 p.m. - Wrap-up: General Reflections and Q&A
Moderator: Steve Hindle (The Huntington)

Discussants: Clarinda Calma, Liesbeth Corens, Earle Havens, Robert Miola, Mark Rankin, Alexandra Walsham