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Stephen Bamforth

Emeritus Professor of Renaissance Studies,

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Teaching Summary

French Renaissance literature and thought; Renaissance thought and literature in general; teratology; all forms of scientific and medical writing; neo-latin ; French seventeenth-century literature… read more

Research Summary

I have wide and vigorous interests across the field of early modern literature and thought, principally in France. I have published extensively on French Renaissance scientific poetry, the history of… read more

Recent Publications

  • STEPHEN BAMFORTH, 2013. Les anomalies de l’ordre à travers les Histoires prodigieuses de Pierre Boaistuau (1560). In: LUISA SIMONUTTI, ENRICO NUZZO and MANUELA SANNA, eds., Anomalie dell'ordine: L'altro, lo straordinario, l'eccezionale nella modernità Aracne editrice, Rome. 414 pp (pp. 187-210)
  • STEPHEN BAMFORTH, 2013. Merveilles et merveilleux au XVIe siècle. In: OLIVIER CHRISTIN, ed., Un nouveau monde: naissance de la Lorraine moderne Somogy Editions d'art, Paris. 400pp. (pp.156-167)
  • Un nouveau monde: naissance de la Lorraine moderne 2013. At: Musée lorrain, Nancy05/04/2013 00:00:00-08/04/2013 00:00:00.
  • STEPHEN BAMFORTH, 2012. Littérature et religion au seizième siècle: note sur Pierre Boaistuau. In: FRANÇOIS ROUDAUT, ed., Religion et littérature à la Renaissance: Mélanges en l'honneur de Franco Giacone: Contributions réunies par François Roudaut Classiques Garnier, Paris. 910 pp (pp. 473-499)

French Renaissance literature and thought; Renaissance thought and literature in general; teratology; all forms of scientific and medical writing; neo-latin ; French seventeenth-century literature and thought, but also an interest in European seventeenth-century literature and thought in general; in particular libertinage, and seventeenth-century theatre (comedy, and Molière especially).

Renaissance teaching - poetry, history of science, alchemy and astrology; court festival; music and dance; food and wine; illustration; art and architecture; history of the book and material bibliography

Seventeenth century teaching - poetry, theatre (comedy), libertinage, ballet de cour; commedia dell'arte; art and architecture; history of science and material bibliography

Current Research

I have wide and vigorous interests across the field of early modern literature and thought, principally in France. I have published extensively on French Renaissance scientific poetry, the history of medicine (Jacques Dubois in particular), early Renaissance court festival (the Festival of the Bastille in 1518, and the better known Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520). In both cases my work has been based on editing of texts describing the event, and in the case of the Field of Cloth of Gold the discovery of a previously unknown verse description of the meeting (for those of you who saw the recent David Dimbleby programme, the dragon flying through the sky was not a firework, but a kite - as the Dubois [Sylvius] text which I edit shows quite clearly).

My most recent major discovery has been the illuminated dedication manuscript to Elizabeth I of a famous Renaissance text on prodigies and monsters - the Histoires prodigieuses of the French writer Pierre Boaistuau. I published a facsimile edition of this manuscript with Franco Mario Ricci publishers of Milan in 2000, and later this year will publish a full critical edition of the text. I also have in preparation - for publication next year - a major critical edition of the scientific poetry of François Béroalde de Verville. My upcoming project is a book-length study of the concept of the scientific marvel from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century.

  • STEPHEN BAMFORTH, 2013. Les anomalies de l’ordre à travers les Histoires prodigieuses de Pierre Boaistuau (1560). In: LUISA SIMONUTTI, ENRICO NUZZO and MANUELA SANNA, eds., Anomalie dell'ordine: L'altro, lo straordinario, l'eccezionale nella modernità Aracne editrice, Rome. 414 pp (pp. 187-210)
  • STEPHEN BAMFORTH, 2013. Merveilles et merveilleux au XVIe siècle. In: OLIVIER CHRISTIN, ed., Un nouveau monde: naissance de la Lorraine moderne Somogy Editions d'art, Paris. 400pp. (pp.156-167)
  • Un nouveau monde: naissance de la Lorraine moderne 2013. At: Musée lorrain, Nancy05/04/2013 00:00:00-08/04/2013 00:00:00.
  • STEPHEN BAMFORTH, 2012. Littérature et religion au seizième siècle: note sur Pierre Boaistuau. In: FRANÇOIS ROUDAUT, ed., Religion et littérature à la Renaissance: Mélanges en l'honneur de Franco Giacone: Contributions réunies par François Roudaut Classiques Garnier, Paris. 910 pp (pp. 473-499)
  • STEPHEN BAMFORTH, 2010. Grivoiserie et science chez Béroalde de Verville: autour de l'abstinente de Confolens. In: FONTAINE, M-M., ed., Rire à la Renaissance: colloque international de Lille Université Charles-de-Gaulle-Lille 3 6-8 novembre 2003 Droz. 301-324
  • BAMFORTH, S. and CÉARD, J., eds., 2010. Scholarly edition (establishment of text, textual apparatus, critical bibliography and introduction) of: Pierre Boaistuau, Histoires prodigieuses.. Histoires prodigieuses (édition de 1561): édition critique Textes littéraires français 605 Droz.
  • BAMFORTH, S., 2010. On gesner, marvels and unicorns Nottingham French Studies. 49(3), 110-145
  • STEPHEN BAMFORTH, ed., 2010. Nouveaux départs: Studies in honour of Michel Jeanneret University of Nottingham (Nottingham French Studies vol. 49 no. 3).
  • 2010. La carrière de Nicolas Abraham de la Framboisière, conseiller et médecin du roi (1560-1636). In: Ecoles et université à Reims IXe-XVIIIe siècles Presses de l'Université de Reims. pp. 65-80
  • BAMFORTH, S., 2010. On Gesner, marvels and unicorns. In: BAMFORTH, S., ed., Nouveaux départs: Studies in honour of Michel Jeanneret University of Nottingham. 110-145
  • BAMFORTH, S., 2009. Melons and wine: Montaigne and joie de vivre in Renaissance France. In: HARROW, S. and UNWIN, T., eds., Joie de vivre in French literature and culture: essays in honour of Michael Freeman Rodopi. 99-128
  • 2008. Médecine et philosophie dans l'oeuvre de Nicolas Abraham de la Framboisière. In: JEAN DUPÈBE, FRANCO GIACONE, EMMANUEL NAYA, ANNE-PASCALE POUEY-MOUNOU, ed., Esculape et Dionysos: Melanges en l'honneur de Jean Céard Droz, Geneva. pp. 177-202
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 2005. Dancing your way out of a tight corner : reflections on dance in sixteenth-century France. In: NYE, E., ed., Sur quel pied danser?: Danse et littérature: Actes du colloque organisé par Hélène Stafford, Michael Freeman et Edward Nye en avril 2003 à Lincoln College, Oxford Amsterdam: Rodopi. pp. 31-49
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 2005. Montaigne and Catullus Montaigne Studies. 17(1/2), pp. 35-52
  • SOPHIE ARNAUD, STEPHEN BAMFORTH, JAN MIERNOWSKI, ed., 2005. Jacques Peletier du Mans, Oeuvres complètes Tome X: Euvres poetiques intitulez louanges avec quelques autres escriz Champion, Paris.
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 2003. Aspects théâtraux du Cymbalum Mundi. In: GIACONE, F., ed., Le Cymbalum Mundi: actes du colloque de Rome (3-6 novembre 2000) Genève: Droz. pp. 363-376
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 2003. Molière et Rabelais. In: EMELINA, J., ed., Molière et la fête: actes du colloque international de Pézenas 7-8 juin 2001 Pézenas: Ville de Pézenas. pp. 51-79
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 2000. Corps, monstre et prodige à la Renaissance: l'exemple de Pierre Boaistuau. In: EMMANUEL JACQUART, ed., Le Corps, textes réunis et présentés par Emmanuel Jacquart 9. Strasbourg: University of Strasbourg. pp. 31-50
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 2000. Architecture and Sculpture at the Field of the Cloth of Gold (1520) and the Bastille festival (1518). In: LINDLEY, P. and FRANGENBERG, T., eds., Secular sculpture 1300-1550 Stamford : Shaun Tyas. pp. 219-236
  • STEPHEN BAMFORTH, ed., 2000. 1900 numbered copies. Pierre Boaistuau, Histoires prodigieuses : ms. 136 Wellcome Library Milan : Franco Maria Ricci.
  • STEPHEN BAMFORTH, ed., 2000. 3000 numbered copies. Historias prodigiosas di Pierre Boaistuau del Manuscrito francés 136 de la Wellcome Library de Londres con dedicatoria a Isabel, reina de Inglaterra transcripción y notas de Stephen Bamforth traducción de Carlos Alonso Milan : Franco Maria Ricci.
  • 2000. Storie prodigiose di Pierre Boaistuau dal manoscritto 136 della Wellcome Library di Londra con dedica a Elisabetta d'Ingilterra trascritto e annotato da Stephen Bamforth. Traduzione di Gianni Guadalupi Milan : Franco Maria Ricci.
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 1999. Stephen H. Fleck, Music, Dance, and Laughter: Comic Creation in Moliere's Comedy-Ballets Modern Language Review. VOL 94(NUMBER 1), 199
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 1999. Le thème de Babel dans l'oeuvre de Claude Duret. In: DAUPHINé, J. and JACQUEMIER, M., eds., Babel à la Renaissance: Actes du XIe colloque international de la Société française d'Etude du XVIe siècle. Toulon Mars 1997 pp. 227-240
  • BAMFORTH,S.J., 1998. Review of René Pommier, Etudes sur le Tartuffe (1994), Lettre sur la comédie de l'Imposteur (1994), Richard Parish (ed), Molière - Le Tartuffe (1994) Modern Language Review. XCIII, 831-833
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 1998. Paracelsisme et médecine chimique à la cour de Louis XIII. In: ZINGUER, I and SCHOTT, H., eds., Paracelsus und seine Internationale Rezeption in der Frühen Neuzeit: Beiträge zur Geschichte des Paracelsimus Leiden : Brill. pp. 222-237
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 1998. Barthelemy Aneau: Alector, ou le Coq, ed. Marie-Madeleine Fontaine French Studies. VOL 52(NUMBER 3), 334
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 1997. Jacques Lassalle et sa mise en sc?ne de <em>Dom Juan</em>. In: Moli?re mis en sc?ne,Oeuvres et critiques XXII, (2). Tübingen: Gunter Narr. 164-179
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 1997. Clément Marot, Fran&#231ois Ier et les muses. In: DEFAUX, G. and SIMONIN, M., eds., Clément Marot "Prince des poëtes franç" 1496-1996, Actes du Colloque international de Cahors en Quercy 21-25 mai 1996 Paris : Honore Champion. 225-235
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 1997. Cl?ment Marot et le projet de paix universelle de 1518: po?sie et propagande. In: DEFAUX, G., ed., La G?n?ration Marot Po?tes fran?ais et n?o-latins (1515-1550). Actes du Colloque international de Baltimore - 5-7 d?cembre 1996 Paris : Honore Champion. 113-129
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 1997. Rabelais et la f?te. In: BIDEAUX, M., ed., Rabelais - Dionysos, Vin, Carnaval, Ivresse: Actes d'un colloque de Montpellier, 26-28 mai 1994 Marseille : Jeanne Laffitte. 81-95
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 1996. A forgotten humanist tribute to Fran‡ois Ier - the <em>Geographica</em> of Paolo Pietrasanta. In: The Cult of Humanism in the Age of Fran‡ois 1er 17-40
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 1996. Béroalde de Verville po&#232te de la connaissance. In: Nouvelle revue du seizième siècle XIV. 43-55
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 1996. Autour du manuscrit 516 du Wellcome Institute de Londres: quelques r?flexions sur B?roalde de Verville, m?decin et alchimiste. In: B?roalde de Verville 1555-1626 13. Paris : Presses de l'École Normale Sup$#233;rieure. 41-56
  • DUP?BE,J. and BAMFORTH,S.J., 1995. The Silva of Bernardino Rincio (1518) Renaissance Studies. VIII, 256-315
  • BAMFORTH,S.J., 1994. A second missing scene in Racine's Phèdre Seventeenth-Century French Studies. XVI, 161-166
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., ed., 1994. Molière
  • BAMFORTH, S.J., 1994. MoliŠre and propaganda. In: MoliŠre, Special issue of Nottingham French Studies 33.1. 20-27
  • BAMFORTH,S.J., 1994. Béroalde de Verville and Les Apprehensions spirituelles Bibliothéque d'Humanisme et Renaissance. LVI, 89-97
  • BAMFORTH,S.J., 1993. The Field of Cloth of Gold - or All That Glitters French Studies. 48, 15-16
  • BAMFORTH,S.J., 1992. The Editing and Translating of Jacobus Sylvius: Francisci francorum regis et Henrici anglorum colloquium X(1), 6-15
  • BAMFORTH,S.J., 1991. Reflexions on the National Theatre's new Miser 40, 18-20
  • BAMFORTH,S.J., 1991. Review of Palissy, B, Recepte Veritable, Modern Language Review. I, 204-205
  • BAMFORTH,S.J., 1990. Un po?me de Sylvius sur l'entrevue du Camp du Drap d'Or Bibliothéque d'Humanisme et Renaissance. LII, 635-642
  • STEPHEN BAMFORTH, Nicolas Abraham de la Framboisière, conseiller et médecin du roi: note biographique sur un médecin méconnu. In: YVES BAUDELLE, ed., Mélanges à l'honneur de Monique Gosselin Presses Universitaires de Lille. (In Press.)
  • STEPHEN BAMFORTH, Béroalde de Verville - de l'alchimie au libertinage (érudit?). In: CHIARA LASTRAIOLI, TOSHINORI UETANI, ed., La verve, la plume et l'échoppe: Etudes renaissantes à la mémoire de Michel Simonin Brepols. (In Press.)
  • STEPHEN BAMFORTH, Des Amadis aux Prodiges - l'illustration du livre populaire à la Renaissance. In: JEAN-EUDES GIROT, ed., Le roman de chevalerie à la Renaissance: littérature et histoire du livre Editions Michel Aubry, Paris. (In Press.)

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