September Blogroll: Back-to-School Edition

Dear readers,

Earlier in the summer, I posted some online archaeology resources that I thought would be of interest in early modernists. There are a great deal of interesting web resources of carrying sizes that I come across, some relevant to my work, and some just downright interesting. Following a format I have seen other academic and fashion bloggers use, I am trying out a new initiative here at BiteThumbnails: the monthly blogroll. Near the start of each month, my plan is to do a brief post of a handful of websites I’ve newly run into that might be of interest to early modern and English Renaissance scholars. So without further ado:

  • Queen’s Men Editions: In starting research on my dissertation chapter that features the Queen’s Men I ran into this awesome web archive. Not only does the site include full-text versions of each of the company’s known extant plays—an archive that is searchable, by the way—but also has video of recent and upcoming performances of these early playtexts to go with the performance histories. Check them out at:
  • Staging Two Lamentable Tragedies: I recently ran across a blog detailing staged readings of Robert Yarrington’s Two Lamentable Tragedies this summer and coming fall, supplementing a dissertation project at University College London by Emma Whipday. Follow her progress on the blog ( and check out video from staged readings at the Hungtingdon Library on her YouTube channel.
  • Early Modern Reading Group: If you are in the Midwest-Chicagoland region, I would like to invite you to join in a new collaborative initiative I’m heading at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It’s a reading group hosted by our humanities center here, and our theme this year is the repertory of the Admiral’s Men. They are more than merely Shakespeare’s “opposites,” and Andrew Gurr would have it, so we are reading a number of their plays this year coupled with some criticism to give us a better sense of the repertory of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Hopefully this will culminate in a symposium at the end of the academic year. For readings and meeting information, check us out at:

Happy hunting!

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