New Perspectives on Censorship in Early Modern England : Literature, Politics and Religion


Organizers :
Sophie Chiari and Isabelle Fernandes (IHRIM-Clermont-Ferrand)

Confirmed Keynotes :
Pr. Roger Chartier (Collège de France)
Pr. Janet Clare (University of Hull)
Pr. Line Cottegnies (Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Pr. Richard Dutton (The Ohio State University)
Dr. Thomas Freeman (University of Essex)

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  • 8:30 Welcome coffee
  • 9:00 Formal opening of the Conference (Anne-Garrait Bourrier and Jean-Philippe Luis, Université Blaise Pascal)
  • 9:15 Silencing et regulating : meaningful omissions
    (Chair : Samuel Cuisinier-Delorme, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand)
    Dominique GOY-BLANQUET (Université Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens) The silences of Sir Thomas More.
    Joseph STERRETT (Aarhus University, Denmark) ’Stop up his mouth’ : Silencing subversive confessions on the early modern stage.
  • 10:05 Discussion
  • 10:30 Coffee Break
  • 11:00 Keynote address
    Line COTTEGNIES (Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle)
    (Chair : Sophie Chiari, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand) "No cloudy stuff to puzzle the brain" : John Benson’s edition of Shakespeare’s Poems (1640) between censorship and ’accommodation’.
  • 11:45 Discussion
  • 12:15 Lunch at Pavillon Lecoq*
  • 14:00 Science and philosophy : The censorship of knowledge
    (Chair : Pierre Lurbe, Université Paris-Sorbonne)
    Mickaël POPELARD (Université de Caen Basse Normandie)
    Censoring knowledge : censorship and the scientific revolution in early modern England.
    Brian MUNOZ (ENS Lyon)
    Censure et autocensure dans les dialogues londoniens de Giordano Bruno.
  • 14:50 Discussion
  • 15:05 Coffee Break
  • 15:30 Censorship and translation
    (Chair : Anne Rouhette, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Fd)
    Marie-Céline DANIEL (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
    Translators – willing or unwilling auxiliaries of censorship ? A study of a few French pamphlets published in England in the last quarter of the sixteenth century.
    Pierre KAPITANIAK (Université Paul Vaéry - Montpellier 3)
    Pierre Le Loyer’s Treatise of Specters (1605) : Translation as censorship.
    Jonathan POLLOCK (Université de Perpignan Via Domitia)
    What Florio did not translate : the return of the repressed in the English rendering of Montaigne’s Essays.
  • 16:45 Discussion
  • 17:00 Discussion with
    Thomas Freeman (University of Essex) Censorship under the reign of Mary Tudor
  • 18:30 Reception in the City Hall*
  • 20:00 Dinner in the old town*


  • 9:00 Self-censorship
    _ (Chair : Line Cottegnies, Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle)
    _ Laetitia SANSONETTI (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre)
    _ Authorial self-fashioning disguised as self-censorship : Spenser’s strategies of indirect representation in The Faerie Queene.
    Aurélie GRIFFIN (Université Jean Monnet, St Etienne)
    _ (Self-)Censorship in Lady Mary Wroth’s The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania (1621-1630 ?).
  • 9:50 Discussion
  • 10:10 Coffee Break
  • 10:30 The censorship of foreign ideas
    _ (Chair : Roger Chartier, Collège de France, Annenberg Visiting Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania)
    Anne GEOFFROY (Université Versailles Saint-Quentin)
    A diptych : Pietro Aretino and Paulo Sarpi or the representation of two famous cases of Roman censorship in early modern England.
    Freddy DOMINGUEZ (University of Arkansas)
    The politics of destroying books : The case of Girolamo Pollini’s Ecclesiastical History of the English Revolution and its English response.
    Edward Paleit (University of Exeter)
    ‘Seditious Textes’ and their readers : censorship of radical political texts published abroad, ca. 1572-1593.
  • 11:45 Discussion
  • 12:30 Lunch in the old town followed by a visit of the Cathedral*
  • 15:00 Censoring art
    (Chair : Pierre Iselin, Université Paris-Sorbonne)
    _ Raphaëlle COSTA DE BEAUREGARD (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès)
    Painting the presence/absence of God and religious iconoclasm : the case of two religious miniatures by Isaac Oliver (ca 1610).
    Florence HAZRAT (University of St Andrews)
    Of lutes and lust : censoring sound in early modern music and poetry.
  • 15:50 Discussion
  • Coffee Break
  • 16:30 The power of satire
    (Chair : Edward Paleit, University of Exeter)
    Pelin DOGAN (University of Ankara)
    The Malcontent’s fool, censorship, and the construction of the subject.
    Per SIVEFORS (Linnaeus University, Sweden)
    Lisping Amorists and snaphaunce satirists : satire, masculinity and the Bishops’ Ban of 1599.
    Roy ERIKSEN (University of Agder, Norway)
    Revisiting an old controversy : censorship in Doctor Faustus.
  • 17:45 Discussion
  • 20:00 Concert (Opera House)*


  • 9:30 Keynote address
    Richard DUTTON (Ohio State University)
    _(Chair : François Laroque, Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle) The limits of a censor’s authority : the case of the Masters of the Revels.
  • 10:15 Discussion
  • 10:30 Coffee Break
  • 10:45 England after 1695 : the Licensing Act’s expiry
    (Chair : Denis Lagae-Devoldère, Université Paris-Sorbonne)
    Randy ROBERTSON (Susquehanna University)
    The Habermasian public sphere revisited.
    Pierre LURBE (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
    A Dublin auto-da-fé : the public burning of John Toland’s Christianity not Mysterious, 11 September 1697.
  • 11:35 Discussion
  • 12:00 Buffet*
  • 14:00 Keynote address
    Janet CLARE (University of Hull)
    (Chair : Dominique Goy-Blanquet, Université de Picardie) ‘I like not this’ : censorship and censure in early modern drama’.
  • 14:45 Discussion
  • 15:00 Censorship and the book trade
    (Chair : Pierre Iselin, Université Paris-Sorbonne)
    _ Mark BLAND (De Montfort University, Leicester)
    Social Connections and the Control of the Book-Trade.
  • 15:25 Discussion
  • 15:40 Coffee Break
  • 16:00 Keynote address
    Roger CHARTIER (College de France, Annenberg Visiting Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania) Appraisal and perspectives.
  • 17:00 End of the Conference
  • 17:15 Cocktail*

* = for participants only

Sponsors :

IHRIM (UMR 5317, CNRS) Université Blaise Pascal, Labex COMOD, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme de Clermont-Ferrand, Conseil départemental, Conseil régional, Société Française Shakespeare, DRAC Auvergne, Ville de Clermont-Ferrand.