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Book Chat Series: Davis Humanities Institute

More on Frances Dolan's Work

Frances Dolan will be speaking November 9, Wednesday from 5:30- 7:00 pm at the I-House on her book,  Digging the Past: How and Why to Imagine Seventeenth-Century Agriculture. This guide provides library resources related to this book. 

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Note about the book from the publisher: Through in-depth studies of composting and soil amendment, local food, winemaking, and hedgerows, Digging the Past illuminates how the seventeenth century continues to shape both material practices and popular ways of imagining and describing what farming should be and do.

Note about the authorFrances E. Dolan is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Davis. She is author of numerous books, including True Relations: Reading, Literature, and Evidence in Seventeenth-Century England and Marriage and Violence: The Early Modern Legacy, both available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Related Research Guides

Related Reading

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Bergin, Joseph. The Seventeenth Century: Europe, 1598-1715. Oxford University Press, 2001.

British Academy Major Research Project in the Early History of Agriculture. Early European Agriculture: Its Foundations and Development : Written in Honour of Eric Higgs. Cambridge University Press, 1982.

British Agricultural History Society, et al. People, Landscape and Alternative Agriculture: Essays for Joan Thirsk. British Agricultural History Society, 2004.

Chevet, Jean-Michel, and Gérard Béaur. Measuring Agricultural Growth: Land and Labour Productivity in Western Europe from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century (England, France and Spain). Brepols, 2014.

Clark, Alice. Working Life of Women in the Seventeenth Century. George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., 1919.

Clark, Peter. English Towns in Transition 1500-1700. Oxford University Press, 1976.

De Vries, Jan. Economy of Europe in an Age of Crisis, 1600-1750. Cambridge University Press, 1976.

Fudge, Erica. Quick Cattle and Dying Wishes: People and Their Animals in Early Modern England. Cornell University Press, 2018.

Goubert, Pierre. The Ancien Régime: French Society, 1600-1750. Harper & Row, Publishers, 1973.

Hoffman, Philip T. Growth in a Traditional Society: The French Countryside, 1450-1815. Princeton University Press, 1996.

Leslie, Michael, and Timothy Raylor. Culture and Cultivation in Early Modern England: Writing and the Land. University Press, 1992.

McRae, Andrew. God Speed the Plough: The Representation of Agrarian England, 1500-1660. Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Parker, Thomas. Tasting French Terroir: The History of an Idea. 1st ed., University of California Press, 2015.

Rosenthal, Jean-Laurent. The Fruits of Revolution: Property Rights, Litigation, and French Agriculture, 1700-1860. Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Schmidgen, Wolfram. Exquisite Mixture the Virtues of Impurity in Early Modern England. 1st ed., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013.

Seaver, Paul S. Seventeenth-Century England: Society in an Age of Revolution. New Viewpoints, 1976.

Slack, Paul. Environments and Historical Change. Oxford University Press, 1999.

Symposium on Eighteenth-Century Agriculture. Eighteenth-Century Agriculture: A Symposium. University of California Press, 1969.

Related Articles by Frances Dolan

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Dolan, Frances E. “Ashes and" the Archive": The London Fire of 1666, Partisanship, and Proof.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 31, no. 2, 2001, pp. 379–408.

---. “Biodynamic Viticulture, Natural Wine, and the Premodern.” Premodern Ecologies in the Modern Literary Imagination, 2019, pp. 121–49.

---. “Blood of the Grape.” Blood Matters, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018, pp. 211–23.

---. “Gender and Sexuality in Early Modern England.” Gender, Power and Privilege in Early Modern Europe, Routledge, 2014, pp. 7–20.

---. “Hester Pulter’s Dunghill Poetics.” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, vol. 20, no. 2, 2020, pp. 16–42.

---. “Marian Devotion and Maternal Authority in Seventeenth-Century England.” Maternal Measures, Routledge, 2019, pp. 282–92.

---. “Mastery at Misselthwaite Manor: Taming the Shrews in The Secret Garden.” Children’s Literature, vol. 41, no. 1, 2013, pp. 204–24.

---. “Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory.” Shakespeare Studies, 2002, pp. 284–89.

---. “‘Ridiculous Fictions’: Making Distinctions in the Discourses of Witchcraft.” Differences, vol. 7, no. 2, 1995, pp. 82–110.

---. “Shakespeare and Marriage: An Open Question.” Literature Compass, vol. 8, no. 9, 2011, pp. 620–34.

---. Staging Domesticity: Household Work and English Identity in Early Modern Drama. JSTOR, 2003.

---. “Taking the Pencil out of God’s Hand: Art, Nature, and the Face-Painting Debate in Early Modern England.” PMLA, vol. 108, no. 2, 1993, pp. 224–39.

---. “The Subordinate ('s) Plot: Petty Treason and the Forms of Domestic Rebellion.” Shakespeare Quarterly, vol. 43, no. 3, 1992, pp. 317–40.

---. “The Term Early Modern—Reply.” PMLA, vol. 109, no. 5, 1994, pp. 1026–27.

---. “Witch Wives.” The Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700, 2017, p. 450.