Early Modern Literature Graduate Seminar: Hilary Term 2010

March 16, 2010

The Hilary Term seminar had a strongly interdisciplinary emphasis. Jennifer Richards (University of Newcastle) introduced her current research on ‘Physic and Rhetoric: Reading the Medical Regimens’. Professor Richards explored a range of manuscript and printed materials which have been quarried by historians of medicine but offer different rewards from a literary perspective.

In ‘The End of the Monarchical Republic? Robert Parsons and William Shakespeare think about politics and history’, the historian Peter Lake (Vanderbilt University) read Richard II against the political polemics surrounding the Elizabeth succession.

Kathy Eden (Columbia University) brought in a comparative perspective, in a paper on Montaigne which formed part of a larger exploration of  the role of classical rhetoric and hermeneutics in ‘The Renaissance Rediscovery of Intimacy’.

Exploring ‘Latin and Literature in Seventeenth-Century Britain’, Jane Stevenson (University of Aberdeen) showed how the apparently universal medium of neo-Latin poetry failed to bridge significant cultural gaps between seventeenth-century England and Scotland – though she ended with a suggestive counter-example involving Milton’s ‘Lycidas’.

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