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Mark Hobart
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Victoria Joule

In this article I demonstrate the significance of a flexible approach to examining the autobiographical in early eighteenth-century womens writing. Using ‘old stories’, existing and developing narrative and literary forms, womens autobiographical writing can be discovered in places other than the more recognizable forms such as diaries and memoirs. Jane Barker and Delarivier Manley‘s works are important examples of the dynamic and creative use of cross-genre autobiographical writing. The integration of themselves in their fictional and poetic works demonstrates the potential of generic fluidity for innovative ways to express and explore the self in textual forms.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Chris Perkins and Martin Dodge

Visual representations have often played a crucial role in imagining future urban forms. In the aftermath of the Second World War, a noteworthy new genre of urban plan was published in Britain, most deploying seductively optimistic illustrations of ways forward not only for the reconstruction of bomb-damaged towns and cities but also for places left largely undamaged. Visual representations have often played a crucial role in imagining future urban forms. In the aftermath of the Second World War, a noteworthy new genre of urban plan was published in Britain, most deploying seductively optimistic illustrations of ways forward not only for the reconstruction of bomb-damaged towns and cities but also for places left largely undamaged. This paper assesses the contribution of visual elements in this,process with a detailed case study of the maps, statistical charts, architectural drawings and photographs enrolled into the 1945 City of Manchester Plan. The cultural production of these visual representations is evaluated. Our analysis interprets the form, symbology and active work of different imagery in the process of reimagining Manchester, but also assesses the role of these images as markers of a particular moment in the cultural economy of the city. This analysis is carried out in relation to the ethos of the Plan as a whole.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Debra Higgs Strickland

Hartmann Schedel’s Liber Chronicarum (1493), better known as the Nuremberg Chronicle, pictures and describes world civilisations and illustrious individuals from Creation to 1493. Although its sources and circumstances of production have been extensively explored, the cultural significance of its many woodcut images has received far less attention. This preliminary study highlights relationships between images, audience and the humanist agenda of Schedel and his milieu by examining selected representations of cultural outsiders with reference to external illustrated genres that demonstrated the centrality of Others in German Christian culture. I argue that the Chronicle’s images of ‘foreign bodies’ harnessed their audience’s established fascination with monsters, wonders, witchcraft, Jews and the Ottoman Turks to advance the German humanist goal of elevating the position of Germania on the world historical stage and in so doing, contributed to the emerging idea of a German national identity.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Artists’ Printed Portraits and Manuscript Biographies in Rylands English MS 60
Edward Wouk

Rylands English MS 60, compiled for the Spencer family in the eighteenth century, contains 130 printed portraits of early modern artists gathered from diverse sources and mounted in two albums: 76 portraits in the first volume, which is devoted to northern European artists, and 54 in the second volume, containing Italian and French painters. Both albums of this ‘Collection of Engravings of Portraits of Painters’ were initially planned to include a written biography of each artist copied from the few sources available in English at the time, but that part of the project was abandoned. This article relates English MS 60 to shifting practices of picturing art history. It examines the rise of printed artists’ portraits, tracing the divergent histories of the genre south and north of the Alps, and explores how biographical approaches to the history of art were being replaced, in the eighteenth century, by the development of illustrated texts about art.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Carmen Mangion

sacrifice, holiness and piety of women religious and reflecting religious life as the ‘higher call’ for women. 24 From the 1940s, additional genres were used to publicise religious life: nun memoirs, apologetic texts and vocation promotion literature. Though much of the vocation promotion literature was meant for a local audience; some of this print literature, particularly the memoirs, became transnational cultural products circulating around the English-speaking world. These works often muted national identity, telling a story of a Modern Girl that was relatable across

in Catholic nuns and sisters in a secular age
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Carmen M. Mangion

in more general texts, journal articles and edited collections.49 Since the 1990s, the Australian historiography of women religious hasexpanded significantly. Stephanie Burley argues in her historiographical review of this genre that ‘where initially religious, social, women’s and feminist histories influenced the writing of the history of women religious, the latter is now influencing and penetrating the original fields’. Historians of Australian women religious are exploring various methodologies and ‘benefiting from an interdisciplinary approach’.50 North

in Contested identities
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Carmen M. Mangion

C. Lutkehaus, eds, Gendered Missions: Women and Men in Missionary Discourse and Practice (Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 1999). 15 Rhonda A. Semple, Missionary Women: Gender, Professionalism and the Victorian Idea of Christian Mission (Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 2003), p. 2. This text, like so many others in its genre, is based on Protestant missionary efforts. Historiography on nineteenth-century English Catholic women involved in overseas missionary work is sparse. The references to overseas missionary work by women religious tend to be

in Contested identities