Elizabeth Evenden

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Senior Lecturer

Room: Gaskell Building 128
Brunel University
Uxbridge
UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
Tel: 01895 267506
Email: elizabeth.evenden@brunel.ac.uk

Summary

Elizabeth studied English & Related Literature at York University as an undergraduate. Her Masters degree was in Book History, Editing and the Transmission of Text at Birmingham University, and she returned to York University for her PhD on the production and transmission of printed propaganda during the Tudor period. She came to Brunel from the History Faculty at the University of Cambridge in 2007. Her work is interdisciplinary, covering the fields of historical research, literary criticism and bibliography.

Elizabeth was recently awarded a prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship and is on research leave during 2012-2015. She is currently based in the History Department at Harvard University, where she is undertaking research on the distribution of propaganda in England and Portugal, and the relationship between these two countries and Spain during the early modern period (Project title: ‘Re-shaping the Black Legend: Conflict, Coalition and the Press: Anglo-Portuguese Relations, c.1480-1680’.) 

Research and Teaching

Research Overview

Elizabeth’s first two books look at the production of religious propaganda during the early modern period, with a particular emphasis upon early modern research into English Church history and the patronage and dissemination of such research in print. She continues to work on the production and dissemination of printed propaganda in England during this period, with a special interest in the financing of the London book trade and the links between book trade personnel and the English court and Church.

More recently her research interests have expanded to include an examination of the production of the printed word in Portugal and Spain during the period c.1480-1680. Recent research awards in this field include a BRIEF Award from Brunel University (2009-10), a Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC (2011) and a Marie Curie Fellowship (2012-2015). She is currently based in the History Department at Harvard University, as a Marie Curie Fellow, researching the book trade and dissemination of Anglo-Hispanic propaganda.

Teaching Activity

Elizabeth’s teaching interests lie in the creation and dissemination of prose and drama during the early modern period. (Current texts taught include the work of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Kyd, More, and Foxe.) This allows her to bring her specialist knowledge to bear in my teaching, since we not only examine the texts and their composition in detail but also contemplate their historical context and the central themes of these texts, such as religious and political conflict, race, and gender. She also teaches book history, bibliography and palaeography at graduate level.

Elizabeth would welcome graduate students working in the field of book history and the dissemination of religious literature during the period c.1450-1750.

More about Elizabeth

Elizabeth has made a number of media appearances, including live and recorded broadcasts for In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg:

November 2010 on Foxe’s Book of Martyrs with Diarmaid MacCulloch and Justin Champion (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vy2dd#supporting-content/)

January 2012 special series, The Written World, for In Our Time (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b018wy46)

January 2012 Featured in a BBC News Magazine article, as a specialist on the Gutenberg Bible (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16399544)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND AFFILIATIONS

Convenor of the Religious History of Britain, 1500-1800 Seminar at the IHR
Graduate Mentor at The Institute of Historical Research (IHR), Senate House, London

The Bibliographical Society
Friends of Lambeth Palace Library
Friends of St Bride’s Printing Library
Renaissance Society of America
Sixteenth Century Society
Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies
British Historical Society of Portugal
The Church of England Record Society


IN PRINT

BOOKS


•    Patents, Pictures and Patronage: John Day and the Tudor Book Trade (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008)
•    Religion and the Book in Early Modern England: the Making of John Foxe’s “Book of Martyrs” with Thomas S. Freeman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
•    ‘John Foxe, John Day and the Printing of the “Book of Martyrs”’ with Thomas S. Freeman, Lives in Print, eds. Robin Myers, Michael Harris and Giles Mandelbrote (London, 2002)
•    ‘The Fleeing Dutchmen? The Influence of Dutch Immigrants on the Print Shop of John Day’, John Foxe: At Home and Abroad, ed. David Loades (Aldershot, 2004)
•    ‘Closing the Books: the problematic printing of the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII in Foxe’s Acts and Monuments (1570)’ in John N. King (ed.), Tudor Books and Readers: Materiality and the Construction of Meaning (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
•    ‘The impact of print: the perceived worth of the printed word in England, 1476-1575’ in Elaine Treharne and Greg Walker (eds.), The Oxford Medieval Handbook (Oxford University Press, 2010)

ARTICLES

•    ‘The Michael Wood mystery: William Cecil and the Lincolnshire printing of John Day’ in Sixteenth Century Journal, 25 (2004)
•    ‘Print, Profit and Propaganda: the Elizabethan Privy Council and the 1570 edition of the “Book of Martyrs”’ with Thomas S. Freeman, Historical Journal, 119 (2004)
•    Entries on various printers in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004)

ONLINE RESOURCES

For the British Academy John Foxe Project online Variorum edition

•    ‘Bibliographical Aspects of the Acts and Monuments’ with Julian Roberts: http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/johnfoxe/apparatus/evendenrobertsessay.html
•    ‘Biography of John Day, the printer of Foxe’s Acts and Monuments’:
http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/johnfoxe/apparatus/evendenbiogjdayessay.html
•    ‘Person Glossary for the Acts and Monuments’ – 2000+ mini biographies of key figures referenced in the Acts and Monuments, accompanied by complete cross-referencing to their lives and acts detailed in all of the sixteenth century editions of Foxe’s book:
http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/johnfoxe/apparatus/person_glossaryA.html
•    ‘Foxe’s “Book of Martyrs” and its visual representation of Martyrdom from the Early Church to the Lollards’ with Margaret Aston: http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/johnfoxe/apparatus/astonevendensessay.html

FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS


CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
 ‘Agendas and Aesthetics in the Transformations of the Codex in Early Modern England’ in Sas Mays (ed.), Unpacking the Library: Literatures and their Archives (forthcoming with Routledge, 2013)

ARTICLES


‘John Foxe, Samuel Potter and the illustration of the Book of Martyrs’ for The Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library (Manchester University Press, forthcoming in 2014)

PUBLICATIONS IN PROGRESS


EDITED COLLECTIONS
Catholic Renewal and Protestant Resistance in the Reign of Mary Tudor (forthcoming with Ashgate Press, 2014)

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
‘Elizabeth Young and the dissemination of clandestine books in Marian London’ in Catholic Renewal and Protestant Resistance in the Reign of Mary Tudor (detailed above)


 

 

 

 

 

Publications

Publications

Journal Papers

(Forthcoming) Evenden, E., Book review on Seeing faith, printing pictures: Religious identity during the English reformation by David J Davis, published by Brill, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing

(Forthcoming) Evenden, E., Book review on Mary Tudor: Old and new perspectives edited by Sue Doran and Thomas S. Freeman published by Palgrave MacMillan, Parliamentary History

(Forthcoming) Evenden, E., John Foxe, Samuel Potter and the illustration of the Book of Martyrs, The Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library

(2013) Evenden, E., Book review on The English martyr from reformation to revolution by Alice Dailey, published by Notre Dame University, Modern Language Review

(2013) Evenden, E., Book review on De uiris illustribus / On Famous Men by John Leland, edited and translated by James P. Carley, published in Toronto by Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval, The English Historical Review

(2012) Evenden, E., Book review on The theological-political origins of the modern state: The controversy between James I of England and Cardinal Bellarmine by Bernard Bourdin, translated by Susan Pickford, published by The Catholic University of America Press, Recusant History 31 306- 308

(2012) Evenden, E., Book review on Shakespeare’s foreign worlds: National and transnational identities in the Elizabethan age by Carole Levin and John Watkins, published in New York by Cornell University Press, The English Historical Review 127 1505- 1506

(2010) Evenden, E., Book review on Indulgences in late medieval England: Passports to paradise? by RN Swanson, published in New York by Cambridge University Press, Church History 79 (4) : 902- 904

(2009) Evenden, E., Book review on Used books: Marking readers in renaissance England by William H Sherman published in Philadelphia by University of Pennsylvania Press, The English Historical Review 124 (509) : 956- 958

(2009) Evenden, E., Book review on Devil theatre: Demonic possession and exorcism in English renaissance drama 1558-1642 by Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen, published in Woodbridge by DS Brewer, The English Historical Review 124 (506) : 157- 159

(2004) Evenden, E. and Freeman, TS., Print, profit and propaganda: the Elizabethan Privy Council and the 1570 edition of Foxe's 'Book of martyrs', The English Historical Review 119 (484) : 1288- 1307

(2004) Evenden, E., The Michael Wood mystery: William Cecil and the Lincolnshire printing of John Day, The Sixteenth Century Journal 35 (2) : 383- 394

Book Chapters

(2013) Evenden, E., Early modern collectors and editors and their perception of the role of the codex. In: Mays, S. ed. Libraries, literatures, and archives. Routledge

(2010) Evenden, E., Closing the books: The problematic printing of John Foxe's histories of Henry VII and Henry VIII in his Book of Martyrs (1570). In: King, JN. ed. Tudor Books and Readers: Materiality and the Construction of Meaning. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 68- 92

(2010) Evenden, E., The impact of print: the perceived worth of the printed book in England, 1476-1575. In: Treharne, E., Walker, G. and Green, W. eds. The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature. New York : Oxford University Press 90- 108

(2004) Evenden, E., The fleeing Dutchmen? The influence of Dutch immigrants on the print shop of John Day. In: Loades, D. ed. John Foxe: At home and abroad. Aldershot, Hants, UK : Ashgate Publishing Limited 63- 77

(2002) Evenden, E. and Freeman, TS., John Foxe, John Day and the printing of the 'Book of Martyrs'. In: Myers, R., Harris, M. and Mandelbrote, G. eds. Lives in print: Biography and the book trade from the middle ages to the 21st century. London : Oak Knoll Press 23- 54

Books

(2011) Evenden, E. and Freeman, TS., Religion and the book in early modern England: the making of John Foxe’s “Book of Martyrs". Cambridge University Press

(2008) Evenden, E., Patents, pictures and patronage: John Day and the Tudor book trade. Ashgate Publishing Limited

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