Month: October 2015

British Library Exhibition Features 18th-Century British Black Writers

The History of Mary Prince (1831)
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The British Library‘s exhibition West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song explores the literature and music of seventeen West African nations spanning from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century. Dr. Marion Wallace, co-curator of the exhibition, gives an overview of the writers included in the exhibition in her article “Crossings: African Writers in the Era of the Transatlantic Slave…

Travel Back in Time with Jane Austen

British Institution, Pall Mall, 1808 (1808)
Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)
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The What Jane Saw website boasts a new look and, soon, an eighteenth-century expansion. This experiment in digital humanities, created by Austen scholar Janine Barchas, currently features a virtual tour of the first-ever retrospective exhibition of celebrated portrait painter Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), as seen by Jane Austen in 1813 at the British Institution at 52 Pall Mall, London (1805-1867). Barchas and her…

Keeping Our Bearings: First Cartography Conference at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, November 13-14

Ocean Atlantique ou Mer du Nord (1693)
Pierre Mortier (1661-1711)
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Join the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts at their first cartography conference, Keeping Our Bearings: Maps, Navigation, Shipwrecks, and the Unknown, on November 13 and 14, with optional related programming on November 15. Topics range from fifteenth-century navigational tools to nineteenth-century whaling shipwrecks to twenty-first-century wave piloting in the Marshall Islands. ABOPublic readers may especially enjoy “From…

Salvage from the Slave Ship São José at the Smithsonian’s NMAAHC

A view of the Cape of Good Hope, taken on the Spot, from on board the Resolution, Capt. Cook. (1772)
By William Hodges
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Iron ballast and a wooden pulley block from the slave ship São José-Paquete de Africa are on a ten-year loan to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), courtesy of Iziko Museums and the government of South Africa. These items will be on display for the NMAAHC’s inauguration in Fall 2016. The  São José was a Portuguese slave…

The Dawning of Aphra Behn in “Or,”

Aphra Behn (1670)
By Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680)
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Liz Duffy Adams‘s play Or, features Aphra Behn (1640-1689), Restoration-era poet, novelist, playwright, spy, and ABOPublic‘s namesake. The Third Rail Repertory is showing the play in Portland, Oregon through October 10th. The Dragon Productions Theatre Company will be showing Or, in Redwood City, California from October 2nd through October 25th. Or, takes place in a single evening during which Behn rushes to…