Category Archives: Early Modern

‘A Great Blemish to her Beauty’: Female Facial Disfigurement in Early Modern England

Michelle Webb is completing her PhD in the Department of History at the University of Exeter. Her research focuses on facial disfigurement in England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. ‘A Great Blemish to her Beauty’: Female Facial Disfigurement in Early Modern … Continue reading

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Dis/enabling Courtesy and Chivalry in the Middle English and Early Modern Gawain Romances and Ballads

Dr Bonnie Millar from the University of Nottingham opens the Approaches to Facial Difference volume. Bonnie is Research Assistant in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham. She specializes in late medieval courtly literature, and has published … Continue reading

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Festival of Facialities

Welcome to the 2017 Effaced from History? Summer Festival of Facialities! Effaced from History? aims to expose and examine how facial disfigurement has been conceived, represented, responded to, and affected the lives of people since antiquity. Over the next few … Continue reading

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James Gavin’s Ears

Today’s disfigurement news comes courtesy of a quick stop in the Scottish town of Douglas this weekend. On the main street is a monument to the tailor James Gavin, whose ears were cut off with his own scissors. The plaque … Continue reading

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‘Corpus Historicus’ Conference

Followers might be interested in a conference taking place at the end of this month in Sosnowiec, Poland. The programme for ‘Corpus Historicus: The Body In/Of History‘  looks like a fascinatingly wide-ranging and interdisciplinary feast of body studies across history, and … Continue reading

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‘neither nose nor eyne’

It’s fair to say that you encounter a lot of truly awful doggerel verse in early modern texts. But even bad poetry can be amusing: so, for some lighthearted weekend reading, please enjoy this 1577 poem from Timothy Kendall that … Continue reading

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William Wordsworth’s Nose

While best known as Shakespeare’s death date and birthday, 23 April marked the anniversary of the death of another of England’s great poets—William Wordsworth (7/4/1770-23/4/1850). While visiting his former home, Dove Cottage, and the Wordsworth Museum this week, I was … Continue reading

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CFP: The Porous Body in Renaissance Europe

Given Effaced’s interests in the exposed, perforated, marked or otherwise unusual facial skin, our readers might be interested in this call for papers from the Renaissance Skin project, based at Kings College, London: King’s College, London, November 30 – December 1, 2017 … Continue reading

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Resource News: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Some exciting news from New York yesterday: The Met has released 375,000 images of artworks from their collections on open access via a Creative Commons Zero licence, which allows them to be shared, reused and remixed without charge. If what I’ve found in today’s … Continue reading

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