Learning from Premodern Plagues: News and the Novel

News and the Novel
Learning from Premodern Plagues

CRS is pleased to announce the latest episode of “Learning from Premodern Plagues,” a series of videos exploring peoples’ experiences of plagues from the sixth through the eighteenth century. Each short (3-5 minute) video focuses on one object that tells the story of a particular moment in plague history, and are ideal for the classroom. Many of the books and manuscripts presented here form part of the Newberry Library’s collections. Each episode is hosted by a scholar affiliated with the Center who is passionate about researching the past to help to enlighten us about today.

This episode explores the literary impact of plague in early modern England, specifically how the 1665 London plague helped shape the emerging genres of newspapers and novels. Jill Gage, Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing and Bibliographer for British Literature and History at the Newberry Library, discusses Daniel Defoe’s 1722 novel A Journal of the Plague Year. See the full video here: https://youtu.be/u2ld8XEoXlU

Please stay tuned to this playlist for more videos. If you have any questions about the videos or how to use them in classes, please send an email to renaissance@newberry.org.