Faculty Colloquium Series: Nandra Perry

“Reading Reformed ”

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 4-5 p.m.
Location: 311 Glasscock  Building
The paper is available to members of the Center’s listserv, or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at glasscock@tamu.edu.

Nandra Perry 
| Associate Professor, Department of English, 2015-16 Glasscock Faculty Research Fellow, Texas A&M University

Nandra Perry’s field of concentration is early modern (c. 1500-c. 1700) English literature with cross-disciplinary research and teaching interests in Religious Studies.  Her work considers the implications of religious change and conflict for literary representations of interiority, exemplarity, and heroism. Her forthcoming book, Imitatio Christi: The Poetics of Piety in Early Modern England (Notre Dame University Press) explores the relationship of the traditional devotional paradigm of ‘the imitation of Christ’ to the theory and practice of literary imitation


This essay reflects on early results of an open-access database Dr. Perry is piloting that will enable researchers, students, and the general public to visualize how English readers interpreted their Bibles in the early print era.  With the help of grants from the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research and the Initiative for Digital Humanities and Culture, Dr. Perry and her technical collaborator, Bryan Tarpley, are transcribing the notes early readers made in a large collection of devotional books and entering them into a database designed to help them read for affect.  The resulting interactive database will open up new questions about the role of the Reformation, particularly the Book of Common Prayer, in shaping modern-day habits of reading in English.  For the purposes of this presentation, Dr. Perry will be focusing on what she’s learned as they’ve practiced their technique on a single, Elizabethan Book of Common Prayer and Psalter.

The Faculty Colloquium offers faculty an opportunity to discuss a work-in-progress with colleagues from different disciplines. By long-standing practice, colloquium presenters provide a draft of their current research, which is made available to members of the Glasscock Center listserv. Each colloquium begins with the presenter’s short (10-15 minute) exposition of the project, after which the floor is open for comments and queries. The format is by design informal, conversational, and interdisciplinary.

The Glasscock Center extends a warm invitation to faculty and students to join in a discussion of Nandra Perry’s work-in-progress. The paper is available to members of the Center’s listserv, or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at glasscock@tamu.edu. To join the Center’s listserv and receive regular notices of colloquia and other events, please register at http://listserv.tamu.edu/archives/chr-l.html.