Postcards from the Archives

Women's Literary Culture Before the Conquest

Anon Was a Woman? The Earliest Life of Gregory the Great in St Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 567.

St Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 567, p.75. CC BY-NC. by Diane Watt, University of Surrey   One of the challenges of writing a history of women’s literary culture is that of the anonymous text. Virginia Woolf famously speculated in A Room of One’s Own (1929) that ‘Anon…was often a woman’ (p.38) and in the succeeding decades feminist […]

Forthcoming event: FASS Festival of Research 2019

The third annual FASS Festival of Research is taking place on Thursday 24th January 2019, and is a full day event packed with exciting and topical panel discussions exploring the intersection between FASS research and current societal challenges. The festival will conclude with a keynote by Professor Diane Watt, winner of a Major Research Fellowship from The Leverhulme Trust […]

Can the Fragments Speak? Cotton Caligula A.XIV and Lambeth Palace MS 427.

London, Lambeth Palace, MS 427, fols.209v-210r. Reproduced with the kind permission of Lambeth Palace Library. Note the first line of fol.210r is copied in a pen trial on fol. 209v.  Fols. 210 and 211 were are one stage used as binding, but worm holes through the vellum indicate that the leaves have long been incorporated into […]

Witness for the Prosecution? MS Sloane 3103 Takes the Stand

© British Library Board. London, British Library, Sloane MS 3103, f. 3v by Diane Watt In textual criticism a manuscript is referred to as a ‘witness’ because it provides evidence concerning the history and transmissions of a literary work that can be used, at least in theory, to reconstruct an authentic or original text. The courtroom connotations […]