Early Modern Literature Graduate Seminar, Hilary Term 2012

March 6, 2012

In the first seminar this term, Raphael Lyne (University of Cambridge) discussed a project on ‘Attention, Performance, and the Early Modern Stage Ghost’. Performance studies, theatre history and cognitive science are brought together in studying just what an audience actually sees of stage ghosts. Stage deaths figured prominently in the next seminar: in ‘Marlowe’s Massacre at Paris: inside the “royal cabinet'”, Martin Dzelzainis (University of Leicester) offered fresh perspectives on Machiavellianism in Renaissance France and in the Elizabethan theatre. Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began centres on the discovery of Lucretius’ De rerum natura by the humanist Poggio Bracciolini; in a discussion session David Rundle, who is working on a biography of Poggio and an edition of his writings, set The Swerve in a broader historiographical context and noted some of the contemporary issues the book addresses (for more on this session see his blog). In the final seminar, Victoria Moul (King’s College London) presented ‘Some Horatian odes in early modern England’, introducing new manuscript material and offering new Horatian contexts for familiar texts by Marvell and others.

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