Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Brookelnn Cooper

Ph.D. Candidate

 

Education

Master of Arts in History at Brock University (2018)
Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in German Language and Literature (2016)


About

Brookelnn is a first-year doctoral candidate primarily interested in Book History, Dutch Golden Age studies, Immigration History and topics related to censorship in early-modern Europe.

For her M.A. research, titled “Identifying the Anonymous Printer of Menno Simons's De Blasphemie van Jan van Leiden (1627): A Bibliographical Analysis. Typography, Paper, and a Waterlander Printer with a Purpose: Jacob Aertsz Colom”, she conducted the historical detective work of uncovering the anonymous printer, Jacob Aertsz Colom, of Menno Simon’s De Blasphemie van Jan van Leiden (1627) through the bibliographical and typographical analysis of all printed works in the Dutch Republic between 1615 and 1635. In addition to this, Brookelnn was able to locate where the text was printed and contextualize its printing – concluding that De Blasphemie was printed during a fascinating period of Mennonite confessionalism and in direct response to the 1620s conflict in print regarding spiritualist and Socinian influences within the Waterlander congregation in Amsterdam. She conducted her research at the Bijzondere Collecties, Universiteit van Amsterdam in 2017/18 and has since continued her research on the fascinating world of seventeenth-century printers, publishers, and other bookmen in the Low Countries. Brookelnn’s research interest has led her into the field Immigration History and she is presently working on a project titled “Seventeenth-Century Exile Bookmen in Amsterdam: Their Motivations for Movement, How They Were Received in Their Host Society, and How They Perceived Their Exile Experience”, under the supervision of Prof. Jeffrey R. Collins.

Research Contributions:

•      Francesco Quatrini, Adam Boreel (1602-1665): A Collegiant's Attempt to Reform Christian Religion, edited by Brookelnn A. Cooper. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2019.

•      Cooper, Brookelnn A. “Identifying the Anonymous Printer of Menno Simons's De Blasphemie van Jan van Leiden (1627): A Bibliographical Analysis. Typography, Paper, and a Waterlander Printer with a Purpose: Jacob Aertsz Colom.” Paper presented at the 2nd Spiritualists and Freethinkers in Early Modern Europe Symposium, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. July 10-11, 2019.

•      Cooper, Brookelnn A. “Seventeenth-Century Types, Typographical Analysis During a Period of Typeface Standardization.” Paper presented at the 13th Mapping New Knowledges Conference, Brock University, St Catharines. April 12, 2018.

•      Cooper, Brookelnn A. “The Advent of the Printing Press and the Transatlantic Book Trade.” HIST 1F92: Lords of the Sea: British Maritime History, 400-1800. Class lecture at Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, February 05, 2018.

•      Cooper, Brookelnn A. “Early Dissenters and Their Neighbours’ Printing Press.” Paper presented at the Brock Historical Studies Poster Conference, Brock University, St Catharines, March 21, 2017.