Translating for the Stage in Early Modern France and England

Translating for the Stage in Early Modern France and England
An international bilingual conference

August 20-22, 2015  At Memorial University

All are welcome!

Go here to see the Conference poster

Go here to see more about Conference Locations and Sessions

For more information contact:

Dr. Anne Graham, Department of French & Spanish   or

Dr. Ágnes Juhász-Ormsby, Department of English

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A Sephardic Claim to the Territory of Labrador: the de la Penha Land Claim

A Sephardic Claim to the Territory of Labrador: the de la Penha Land Claim

Dr. Messod Salama  Section of Hispanic Studies  Department of French and Spanish

Wednesday March 18, 2015  7:00pm
Map Room
Queen Elizabeth II Library, St. John’s Campus, Memorial University

A case submitted to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland at the beginning of the 20th century and reactivated more recently reveals a longstanding and ongoing claim by descendants of Rodrigo de la Penha, an influential seventeenth century Dutch merchant in the service of William of Orange (1650-1702).  In return for de la Penha’s loyalty and financial support during the Glorious Revolution (1688) to this Prince, the territory of Labrador, a vast and uncharted northern region, seemed to have been granted to his descendants at perpetuity.  This paper will explore the original background of the claim, the genealogy of the de la Penha family and with documents from the Supreme Court of Newfoundland, the validity of the submission as well as the various legal attempts to receive a recognition of this claim.

In addition, this paper will contextualize the role of de la Penha in the attempt of Dutch politicians and merchants as well as Sephardim to establish a vast network of commercial outports which enabled the Dutch Republics to become a maritime and mercantile world power.

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17th Century Print Works Catalogue

The Permeable Barrier: A Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Print Works at Memorial University Libraries is now available at the Queen Elizabeth II Library, and can be viewed  here electronically.

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Shakespeare Folio Discovered in France

First folios of Shakespeare’s plays are among the world’s rarest books, intensely scrutinized by scholars for what their sometimes-minute variations — each copy is different — reveal about the playwright’s intentions.  Click here for the NY Times story

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Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints

At the Rooms until January 4, 2015

This exhibition analyzes the representation of monstrous beings in Early Modern visual culture by bringing together approximately fifty European prints of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.  More….

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Breton Fishers in Northern Newfoundland-Peter Pope


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A letter from Sir Richard Whitbourne?


Richard Whitbourne in St. John’s Harbour, 1618

Recently a letter was discovered in the Library of Christ Church, Oxford concerning early 17th Century Newfoundland.   The letter was in the collected papers of an aristocratic family from North Wales, but was unsigned.   The content and tone of the letter suggest that it is the work of the English writer, mariner and colonist Sir Richard Whitbourne (1579-1628).  Whitbourne was the author of A Discourse and Discovery of Newfoundland, published in 1620.  The letter pre-dates the book by about 4 years.

Please join us on March 28th, from 5-6, in the Map Room of the QEII Library to find out more about Whitbourne, the letter, and its significance to the history of Early Modern Newfoundland.  Tor Fosnaes and Ryan Lewis will present on their findings so far.

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