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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Alex Beecroft Lecture


Location: 210-214 McKenna Hall


Alexander Beecroft, Associate Professor in Classics and Comparative Literature University of South Carolina, will lecture on "Literary Ecology and Literary Form" at 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 6, in 210-214 McKenna. A reception will follow.

Alex Beecroft teaches courses in Greek and Latin language and literature, ancient civilizations, literary theory (ancient and modern) and the theory and practice of world literature. His major areas of research interest are in the literatures of Ancient Greece and Rome, pre-Tang Chinese literature, as well as current debates about world literature. His work has been published in journals ranging from the Transactions of the American Philological Association

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Robert Creeley Symposium

Location: Hesburgh Library Special Collections

The English Department is pleased to announce the Robert Creeley Symposium, Friday, February 7, 2014, organized by Stephen Fredman. The one-day symposium will accompany an exhibition, "Robert Creeley’s Library: The Poet’s Books as Art Museum and Network of Communications," in the Hesburgh Library's Special Collections and also the publication of The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Arthur Marotti Lecture


Location: Medieval Institute Reading Room (715 Hesburgh Library)


“The Poetry Nobody Knows: Rare or Unique Verse in Early Modern English Manuscripts”

In various archives in Great Britain and the U.S. there are hundreds of manuscripts from the early modern period that contain poetic texts. Those associated with major and minor canonical authors have been accounted for, edited, and made part of literary history. Those that are anonymous or are by little known writers have largely been ignored. This lecture deals with a selection of (mostly anonymous) rare or unique poems found in surviving manuscript poetry collections of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in relation to the familial, collegial, and other coterie environments in which they were written. This includes verse composed by manuscript compilers, politically dangerous or obscene texts, and texts related to scandals and topical events of local interest. Among the examples chosen are a poem dealing with a case of mother-son incest and verse dealing with a cause célèbre in Oxford, the supposed providential revival of a hanged woman who was unjustly convicted of infanticide. Looking at the large body of rare or unique manuscript verse from the period, I argue that these neglected texts, which expand our sense of the writing practices in the period, not only need to be acknowledged in literary history, but also studied for what they reveal about the social life of early modern literary texts.…

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