The final KiSSiT Work-in-Progress session for this term is entitled “Early Modern Chalices and Inkpots: Materializing the Powers of Commixture” and features Chantal Schütz (École Polytechnique) and Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3). We convene at the Gallery of the Rose Theatre, Kingston on March 30, 2017 starting at 6.30pm. This event is free and open to everyone!
Chantal Schütz : “The smell of the inkhorn”
Since the use of Pen, Ink, and Paper, or Parchment, the Inkhorn hath not been uninvented: and that the first making of them was of Horn, is evident from its name; for let it be for Gallantry, made of Gold, Silver, Pewter, Lead, or Tin; yet it is but an Inkhorn (Randle Holme Academy of Armory, 1688)
The inkwell (or standish) and its associated implements remind us that early modern writing was seeped in intensely material concerns: the quality of the pen and ink, the reliability of the container, the smell of the inkhorn. That it became an object of beauty to be treasured by its owners is testament to a shift from mostly professional applications to uses that were both more private and more socially diverse.
This paper discusses the use of the term as well as the object in Early Modern texts and visual representations and explores some of its symbolic associations.
Chantal Schütz, associate professor of English at the École Polytechnique, Head of the English and Deputy-Head of Languages and Communication. Ph.D. supervised by François Laroque, on Thomas Middleton’s A Mad World, my Masters. Bilingual edition of the play published by Garnier in 2013. Financial officer of the French Shakespeare Society. Was a Leverhulme scholar at Reading University seconded to the Globe 1996-2000.
Recent work includes papers on Shakespeare and music; Middleton’s Black Book, A Mad World, my Masters, Microcynicon; Shakespeare and opera; Shakespeare in performance at the Globe.
Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise: “The Cup of Alteration”
In this paper, I look at the material history of chalices and communion cups in early modern England as well as the significance of drinking rituals and the implications of literary appropriations or transformations of the physical object. I explore cups as a privileged site of “commixture” and “alteration,” in a variety of senses. Not only does the changing material aspect of recycled chalices mirror and materialize the broader history of the English Reformation but it also offers an epistemological metaphor that sheds light upon the value and function of early modern poetry and drama.
Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise is Associate Professor of Early Modern English Literature and Cultural History at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3. She has published a monograph on George Herbert’s poetry, Le Verbe fait image (i.e. The Word Made Image, Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle 2010), and has worked extensively on religious poetry. She is completing a book project on “The Objects of the Early Modern Lyric,” which includes a chapter on Shakespeare’s sonnets. She is currently launching a new collaborative project for the Institut Universitaire de France on “Material Europe” in the early modern period that is geared at re-writing the history of the “Republic of Letters” through a “Republic of Things”.