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Facts and Theories about the Returne from Pernassus

By • Oct 3rd, 2008 • Category: Bibliography, Editing, Honors Thesis, Literature, Manuscripts, Paper, Parnassus, Printing, Research, Shakespeare

This paper was delivered at the Celebration of Summer Research at the College of William and Mary on September 27, 2008. Even Newer Facts and Theories about the Parnassus Plays Hello. My name is Christopher Adams, and I am a fifth-year senior here at the College. I took last year off to study abroad in […]

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A Post on Paper

By • Jul 22nd, 2008 • Category: Bibliography, Honors Thesis, Paper, Parnassus, Research, Returne from Pernassus, Thesis

I promised a post about the production of paper and its usefulness in bibliography. Here is a description, lifted from a draft of my thesis: Before the advent of machinery in the 1800s, paper was a handmade object created by dipping a mould into a vat of pulp, known as stuff. The mould consists of […]

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My Textual History, or, How I Became Involved in Research and Started Losing My Hair pt. V

By • Jul 15th, 2008 • Category: Bibliography, Bindings, Collators, Editing, Honors Thesis, Manuscripts, Paper, Parnassus, Printing, Research, Return from Parnassus, Thesis, William and Mary

I now move on to the main part of my research experience, which has consumed the past three years of my life. Beginning my sophomore year, I began working with a play entitled The Return from Parnassus (I often refer to it in its original form—The Returne from Pernassus, or just Returne). Two other students […]

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A Thesis in Search of an Adviser

By • Jul 15th, 2008 • Category: Adviser, advising, Charles Center, China, Honors Thesis, Research, Thesis, William and Mary

All my plans were disrupted by my year abroad in China. I had taken the Junior Honors Seminar in spring 07, with a plan to write my thesis during the 07-08 school year. I had an adviser lined up who was interested in and knowledgeable about my project. But then China came and no thesis […]

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My Textual History, or, How I Became Involved in Research and Started Losing My Hair pt. IV

By • Jul 12th, 2008 • Category: Bibliography, Charlottesville, Honors Thesis, Rare Book School, Research, University of Virginia

At the end of the week, Terry Belanger approached me and asked me to return to Rare Book School the following week to take a course. He had some money from a fellowship that would pay for my tuition and housing. I said yes, called Coldstone and asked for the time off, and enrolled in […]

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My Textual History, or, How I Became Involved in Research and Started Losing My Hair pt. III

By • Jul 10th, 2008 • Category: Bibliography, Charlottesville, Collational Formula, Honors Thesis, Monroe, Printing, Rare Book School, Research, University of Virginia

After my freshman year I had $1000 at my disposal compliments of Monroe. Having shown an interest in bibliography, Professor Hailey suggested I attend Rare Book School (RBS) at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. I had little idea before I went what I was getting myself into. I was signed up for a class […]

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My Textual History, or, How I Became Involved in Research and Started Losing My Hair pt. II

By • Jul 9th, 2008 • Category: Bibliography, Collators, Hamlet, Honors Thesis, Jane Austen, Rare Book School, Research, Shakespeare, Swem, William and Mary

I had developed an interest in Jane Austen sometime in middle school—I first read Emma, which remains my least favorite JA novel, though that did not deter me from plunging headlong into Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion (all of which I distinctly enjoyed). During Christmas vacation my freshman year (December […]

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My Textual History, or, How I Became Involved in Research and Started Losing My Hair pt. I

By • Jul 8th, 2008 • Category: A New Introduction to Bibliography, Bible, Colonial Williamsburg, Honors Thesis, Luke, Parnassus, Printing, Research, Shakespeare, Sonnets, William and Mary

My textual history is a complicated affair. I arrived at William and Mary fresh from high school—ready to face college and do something. I knew fairly early on that I wanted to be an English major, so I began asking my freshman adviser—the estimable Adam Potkay—what English major types actually do. I was very concerned […]

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My Textual History, or, How I Became Involved in Research and Started Losing My Hair pt. I

By • Jul 8th, 2008 • Category: A New Introduction to Bibliography, Bible, Colonial Williamsburg, Honors Thesis, Luke, Parnassus, Printing, Research, Shakespeare, Sonnets, William and Mary

My textual history is a complicated affair. I arrived at William and Mary fresh from high school—ready to face college and do something. I knew fairly early on that I wanted to be an English major, so I began asking my freshman adviser—the estimable Adam Potkay—what English major types actually do. I was very concerned […]



My Textual History, or, How I Became Involved in Research and Started Losing My Hair pt. I

By • Jul 8th, 2008 • Category: A New Introduction to Bibliography, Bible, Colonial Williamsburg, General Technology, Luke, Parnassus, Printing, Research, Shakespeare, Sonnets, William and Mary

My textual history is a complicated affair. I arrived at William and Mary fresh from high school—ready to face college and do something. I knew fairly early on that I wanted to be an English major, so I began asking my freshman adviser—the estimable Adam Potkay—what English major types actually do. I was very concerned […]