Conversations

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ABL #23,  24 April, 2020

Charlie Evans discusses his wrestling character Josef Kafka, masculinity, performance and combat.

ABL #21,  23 April, 2020

John Wyver tells us about broadcasting theatre onscreen, the importance of creative practitioners and scholars being in open dialogue and the history of early TV.

ABL #18,  17 April, 2020

Sarah O’Malley chats to Emma Whipday about the Jamestown ‘Massacre’, domestic violence today, and how literature can help us rethink our future.

ABL #16,  15 April, 2020

Will Tosh, Research Fellow and Lecturer at Shakespeare’s Globe, talks to Emma Whipday about little-known Elizabethan sonneteer (and friend of Shakespeare) Richard Barnfield, sexual identity, literature as consolation and why sexual desire is like a nest of snakes under a hedge…

ABL #15,  14 April, 2020

Sarah Grange tells us about Moll Frith (also known as Mary Frith), an early modern crossdresser, queer and transgender history and performance: ‘how to meet those people who lie outside of the cishet, white male trajectory of progressive history: not the dudes on horses’.

ABL #14,  9 April, 2020

Sydnee Wagner describes the experience of researching Roma history in early modern English archives, and explores how the concepts of whiteness and race were created.

ABL #11,  7 April, 2020

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?

ABL #10,  3 April, 2020

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.

ABL #9,  3 April, 2020

Rebecca Rideal talks to us about diversity and representation in both historical topics and the people who get to tell those stories.

ABL #7,  31 March, 2020

Eleanor Janega tells us about medieval European sex positivity, Black Death and revolution, and argues that the fourteenth century was ‘the best century’.

ABL #6,  27 March, 2020

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’.

ABL #5,  27 March, 2020

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.

ABL #4,  26 March, 2020

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.

ABL #2,  23 March, 2020

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.

ABL #1,  23 March, 2020

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.

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