Cosponsored Event, Lectures

Work-in-Progress Session–Summer Mentorship Research Projects

Thursday, April 8, 2021
1:00 pm PDT – 2:00 pm PDT

Presented by Stanley Wu (UCLA)

Hosted by the Early Modern Research Group

Online event via Zoom

For Zoom registration details, please email the Early Modern Research Group.

The Graduate Certificate in Early Modern Studies, administered by the Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, offers UCLA graduate students an avenue to explore the increasingly transnational and interdisciplinary nature of early modern studies through specially designated comparative courses and unique fellowship and mentoring opportunities.

Students in the certificate program are eligible to apply for competitive Summer Mentorships, which provide financial support to complete one of the certificate requirements: a 25-page paper on an early modern studies topic of interdisciplinary breadth. The Summer Mentorship affords the opportunity for students to work closely with a Center/Clark Core Faculty member to develop their paper for presentation at an academic conference or for potential publication.

The Early Modern Research Group, which meets under the auspices of the UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, invites you to attend this work-in-progress session featuring a presentation by a Summer Mentorship awardee. Following the presentation, the speaker and their faculty mentor welcome feedback from attendees during the collaborative discussion.

Stanley Wu will present “When Did the Post-Reformation Begin? The Origin Myth of Elizabeth’s England.” He is mentored by Debora K. Shuger, Distinguished Professor, UCLA Department of English.

Successive religious changes during the English Reformation incited major controversy among Elizabethan Protestants over collaboration and conformity, threatening to destroy a fragile consensus. Higher-ups shrouded these plural histories with a singular narrative that became the core myth of the English church. Residual memories became a platform for resistance that foreshadowed Civil War hostility a century later.

Stanley Wu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at UCLA, where he specializes in Reformation literature and history. His ongoing project considers the extensive influence of John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs on religion and thought in Elizabethan England. His work focuses on the Tudor period, although he is attentive to historiography and theorizes diachronic approaches to texts.