March’s Book Display for International Women’s Day

This Sunday, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. To mark the occasion, this month we have book display of works which explore the history of women’s suffrage. The display is located in the Upper Gladstone Link so do take a look the next time you visit the library.

As well as physical books, we have lots of e-resources on the topic of women’s suffrage across the world (see previous blog post for information about Bodleian’s trials on Women’s studies e-resources). Below you’ll find books covering women’s movements in Asia, Europe, America, New Zealand, the Netherlands, as well as Britain. These are available online to University members, outside the library- just make sure you’re signed on with your single sign-on. Click on the book cover below to access the SOLO record:

 

There’s lots going on across Oxford, to mark International Women’s day. Musicians from across the university will perform this evening at Somerville College, performing choral and instrumental works by female composers.  St Hugh’s College has a series of talks and exhibits to celebrate their alumni who worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. Christ Church College will host a wikipedia edit-a-thon aimed at increasing the visibility of women in academia.

LGBT+ History Month

February is LGBT+ History Month, so we’ve put together a display a range of books from our collection which explore LGBT+ history.

The theme for LGBT+ History Month 2020 is Poetry, Prose, and Plays. Included in our display, you’ll find books covering the topic of homosexuality and literature, focusing on different periods in history. Among them, we have Passions between women : British lesbian culture 1668-1801 by Emma Donoghue which looks at representations of lesbian culture in British print, from classic works of literature to legal and medical publications. Also included is Naomi Wolf’s most recent book, Outrages, which studies the Obscene Publications Act and the censorship of books. In addition, we have 1956 and all that : the making of modern British drama by Dan Reballato in which the author studies the influence of homosexuality on 1940s and 50s British theatre.

LGBT History Month in the UK have highlighted the following four writers in particular: Dawn Langley Simmons, E.M. Forster, Lorraine Hansberry, William Shakespeare. Of course, you’ll find plenty more books on poetry, prose and plays at the English Faculty Library.  However, the following e-books are available online to University members, wherever you happen to be- just make sure you’re signed on with your single sign-on. Click on the book cover below to access the SOLO record.

Further to this, the Bodleian are trialling the following 3 e-resources during February:

Archives of Sexuality and Gender: Gale Cengage. Primary source materials from the 16th- 20th century. This is the biggest digital collection of primary source materials on sexuality and gender history.

LGBT Magazine Archive: Proquest LLC. Contains the archives of 26 leading LGBT magazines, including The Advocate which has not been available digitally before.  Also included are Gay News and its successor Gay Times.

LGBT Life Full Text from EBSCO LGBT studies database, providing historically significant primary sources, including books, newspapers and magazines. A subject-specific thesaurus, containing thousands of terms, is also included.

LGBT+ Events happening in Oxford

On Sunday afternoon, the History Faculty has a number of talks on LGBT+ history, more on which you can find out here.

Later on in the month, you can hear about the latest research in LGBT+ history with a keynote lecture from Dr Jill Liddington on ‘Writing Anne Lister. More information can be found here.

LGBT History Month

February is LGBT History Month and so we have put together a display to highlight LGBT History books from our collection. You’ll find it in the Upper Gladstone Link so do take a look the next time you visit us. And of course there are also lots of events, happening across Oxford and the University, to celebrate LGBT History Month. You can find more information about these events here.

 

 

New Books at the HFL

As it’s Black History Month, we would like to highlight new books purchased by the library which explore black history. Covering a range of topics from racial integration, slavery in the Atlantic and Black intellectual voices in the U.S. You can find these books on the New Books Display in the Upper Gladstone Link.

For a full list of recent acquisitions, including other topics, click on the image below:

Gershenhorn, Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: a life in the long black freedom struggle (2018, Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina Press)

Harrigan, Frontiers of Servitude: Slavery in Narratives of the Early French Atlantic (2018, Manchester, Manchester University Press)

Bury My Heart in a Free Land: Black Women Intellectuals in Modern US History (2018, Santa Barbara, Praege)

Blackett, The captive’s quest for freedom : fugitive slaves, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and thepolitics of slavery (2018, New York, Cambridge University Press)

Horne, The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: the roots of slavery, white supremacy, and capitalism in seventeenth century North America and the Caribbean (2018, New York, Monthly Review Press)

Walker, The Burning House (2018, New Haven, Yale University Press)

 

There are more! Find them here.

Personalise your alerts

If you would like a personalised RSS feed so you can be alerted to our new history books, just email isabel.holowaty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk with your preferred period, country or topic.

 

Ordering Bodleian Books to the Radcliffe Camera

At the Radcliffe Camera, we process deliveries of Bodleian books ordered from our offsite Book Storage Facility (BSF) every weekday. Library staff scan in hundreds of interesting-looking items, but sadly we don’t get chance to read many of them!

“A Glossary of Rochdale and Rossendale Words & Phrases” recently called up from the BSF

A Glossary of Rochdale-with-Rossendale Words & Phrases by Henry Cunliffe was recently called up. Hailing from these parts, this book was always going to grab my attention, and reading through the glossary of terms from the Greater Manchester of the late-Victorian period was very entertaining.

Though Cunliffe’s chief aim in compiling the glossary was to encourage the continued use of local dialects, it would seem that his fears about them fading have been realised – whilst I am from Heywood (next-door to Rochdale), there were a lot of terms in the book that I didn’t recognise. At least we have the glossary to remind us of the things we’re missing. Some personal favourites (which might be helpful in a library context…) are:

Flopper-mouth, n. A noisy, talkative person

Skitterwit, n. A hare-brained person

Cure, n. A curious person

Shive off, int. Begone

Quicksticks, n. An instant; a very short time

 

As in: if any flopper-mouths or skitterwits cause bother, they will be told to shive off quicksticks!

 

We do welcome cures, though, so if anyone has any questions about ordering Bodleian books up to the library (or indeed any other aspects of using our resources) do approach staff with your questions. A large proportion of our 13 million books are kept at the BSF in Swindon, so if you ever need to consult one of them you can easily place a hold request on SOLO (our library catalogue) with a view to reading the book the very next day. *Please note, unlike History Faculty Library books, BSF requests are reference-only.

 

Some honourable mentions:

Snowbones, n. Hard lumps of snow left in hollow places after the rest has melted

Fank, v. to indulge fancies of love

Shiftless, adj. Void of energy or motive power

 

New Books at the HFL

Mes amies, de rien! The library has recently purchased new books on French History, from an account of Napoleon’s life during the very eventful years of 1805-1810, to a reassessment of Thomas Paine’s influence on the French Revolution and much more.

For a full list of recent acquisitions, including other topics, click on the image below:

Broers, Napoleon. Volume 2, The spirit of the age, 1805-1810 (2018, London, Faber & Faber)

Cusimano, Selected works of Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis (2018, Washington, D.C.,The Catholic University of America Press)

Park, Papal protection and the crusader : Flanders, Champagne, and the kingdom of France, 1095-1222 (2018,  Woodbridge, The Boydell Press)

Sowerwine, France since 1870 : culture, politics and society (2018, London, Palgrave Macmillan)

Millington, Fighting for France : violence in interwar French politics (2018, Oxford, OUP)

Clark, Thomas Paine : Britain, America, and France in the age of enlightenment and revolution (2018, Oxford, OUP)

There are more! Find them here.

You will also find our New Books Display in the Upper Gladstone Link.

Personalise your alerts

If you would like a personalised RSS feed so you can be alerted to our new history books, just email isabel.holowaty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk with your preferred period, country or topic.

Books Recently Added to the History Faculty Library

Your prayers have been answered! The library has recently bought books on Catholic History, from Catholic revolutionaries in Poland and France to a history of the Second Vatican Council and much more.

For a full list of recent acquisitions, including other topics, click on the image below:

Kosicki. Catholics on the barricades : Poland, France, and “revolution”, 1891-1956 (2018, New Haven, YUP)

Pollard. Catholicism in modern Italy : religion, society and politics since 1861 (2008, Abingdon, Routledge)

Walser-Smith. Protestants, Catholics and Jews in Germany, 1800-1914

Farrelly, Anti-Catholicism in America, 1620-1860 (2018, Cambridge, CUP)

Tallett. Catholicism in Britain and France since 1789 (1996, London, Hambledon Press)

Alberigo. History of Vatican II (1995-2006, Maryknoll, Orbis)

There are more! Find them here.

You will also find our New Books Display in the Upper Gladstone Link.

Personalise your alerts

If you would like a personalised RSS feed so you can be alerted to our new history books, just email isabel.holowaty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk with your preferred period, country or topic.