Michael Lewis of the British Museum and Liz Oakley-Brown of Lancaster University talk about the importance of things in the classroom and in writing history: how can we learn more about cultures of the past through metal detector finds or site visits?
Catherine Richardson tells us about early modern English everyday life, material culture and literature, and the challenges of working between the worlds of literature and history and the worlds of texts and objects.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth draws on early modern ideas about the vulnerable home and the contagious potential of early modern witchcraft. In episode 1 of ‘Stay at Home Shakespeare’, Dr Emma Whipday explores how early modern stagecraft invited to the audience to breath the magical air of the witches’ heath, and how Shakespeare’s tragedy resonates today.
Travis Chi Wing Lau tells us about the long history of disability pride and the ethics of collaboration, showing how the eighteenth century is an unusual but useful place for thinking about disability, before the category emerges or becomes ‘an identifiable marker of bodily self’.
Brandi Adams tells us about the history of reading and the history of the book, literature, race and the canon. She asks us to think about what gets pushed to the margins of the page, the margins of literary history and the margins of conversation about literature.
Suzannah Lipscomb tells us about moving between the worlds of research and TV broadcasting, and the Tudor court and ordinary French urban communities. We hear about the way religious reformation intersected with gender and sexual honour.
In the early days of lockdown, Andy Kesson goes out and thinks about literature and what gets in and what gets out. He asks about the term ‘literature’ itself, its history and the way it is structured around inclusion and exclusion.
The A Bit Lit team discuss what they hope to create with this new platform: ‘hope-making activities’, as Emma Whipday puts it. We look forward to discussing and hearing about research, creativity and ideas in the weeks ahead.
Andy Kesson kicks off A Bit Lit with an invitation to conversation, ideas and fun, offering ‘a good place to put your brain for a few minutes’ during troubled times. He also suggests that the events of spring 2020 may be more normal than we thinks, and points out coping mechanisms available in the past.