“In Bad Taste”: The Cambridge Annual Graduate Conference in pre-1750 Literature.

English Faculty, 12 April 2019


Conference Programme:


Welcome remarks (10.20 – 10.30)

Panel 1: Taste and Sex (10.30 – 11.30)
Chair: Savannah Pine 

Sarah Kennedy, “‘You should think love like Homer’s moly, a white leaf and a black root, a fair show and a bitter taste’: Sweet, Sour and Unsavoury Desires in John Lyly’s Comedies”

Kate Kinley, “Sex and Sugarplums: Sickly Excess in Shirley’s The Lady of Pleasure

Laura Pupo Cheng, “Discourse Community in CUL Ii. vi. 33: Reading Shame and Disgust in 15th and 16th-century Gynaecological Treatises”

Break: 11.30 – 12.00

Panel 2: Women, Cults, and the Occult (12.00 – 12.45)
Chair: Joel Lipson 

Louise Naude, “Editing Demon Porn: Merlin’s Conception in Geoffrey of Monmouth and Wace”

Rebekah Lippens, “Inverting the Eucharist: Christina the Astonishing, Mendicancy, and Gendered Control”

Lunch: 12.45 – 14:00

Panel 3: Bodies and Revulsion (14.00 – 15.00)
Chair: Rebekah Lippens 

Sarah Lesley, “Jonson’s Bad Classicism: Epicurean Caricatures, Misreading, and Scatologic Materialism in The Alchemist

Catherine Newman, “The Tasteless Adventures of Christian Davies: Woman Warriors and the Disgusting Ideology of Sport”

Lucy Smith, “Medieval Leprosy, Boils and Bloodbaths”

Break: 15.00 – 15.30

Panel 4: The Aesthetics of the Canon (15.30 – 16.30)
Chair: Louise Naude 

Ruilin Fan, “Margaret Cavendish and ‘Badness’”

Hannah Burke-Tomlinson, “Innovation through Transgression: Ovid’s Abortive Materia in Amores 2.13 and 2.14”

Katie Mennis, “Taste the Difference? Reading ‘Bad’ Love Poetry ‘Aright’”

Break (with afternoon snack): 16.30 – 17.00

Keynote: 17.00 – 18.00
Dr Raphael Lyne

Closing Remarks (18.00 – 18.15)

Drinks: 18.15 – 18.45

Dinner: 19.00 (at The Copper Kettle restaurant)

Richard Baxter Quatercentenary Symposium, Friday 13 November 2015

Richard Baxter Quatercentenary Symposium

Friday 13 November 2015, Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0AR

2015 marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Puritan pastor and writer, Richard Baxter (161501691). A symposium to commemorate this event and to assess the significance of Baxter’s contribution to seventeenth-century religious, political, literary and scientific culture in Britain, Europe and North America will be held at Dr Williams’s Library on Friday 13 November 2015. Confirmed speakers include Professor Nigel Smith (Princeton), Professor Ann Hughes (Keele) and Professor Howard Hotson (Oxford). The event will also profile two major editorial projects designed to make Baxter’s key manuscripts accessible to a contemporary scholarly readership: the AHRC-funded edition of Reliquiae Baxterianae and the nine-volume edition of Baxter’s correspondence

Provisional Programme

12:00-12:30   Buffet Lunch

12:30-15:00   Richard Baxter and Seventeenth-Century Britain, Europe and North America 
12:30-13:15   Professor Howard Hotson (Oxford) Title TBC
13:15-14:00   Professor Ann Hughes (Keele) ‘”Doubtless a godly man, though tenacious in his mistakes” (Simeon Ashe on Richard Baxter, 1656): Baxter and English Presbyterians’
14:00-14:45   Professor Nigel Smith (Princeton) ‘Richard Baxter and International Protestantism: by Grammar or by Numbers’
14:45-15:15   Further Discussion

15:15-15:30   Coffee Break

15:30-16:30   The Editing of Richard Baxter
Professor Neil Keeble (Stirling) and Dr Thomas Charlton (DWL) on the Reliquiae Baxterianae (Oxford UP, 5 vols)
Dr Johanna Harris (Exeter) and Dr Alison Searle (Sydney) on the correspondence of Richard Baxter (Oxford UP, 9 vols)

16:00-16:30   Discussion and Questions
16:30 Convene at a nearby venue (TBC) for drinks
Conference fee £10 (£5 students/unwaged), payable on the door. Please register by 31 October 2015 by email to RichardBaxter400@gmail.com. Thanks to the generosity of the Society for Renaissance Studies, the organisers can contribute to the travel and subsistence costs of a small number of unwaged postgraduate or postdoctoral researchers attending the symposium. If you would like to apply for this funding then please contact the organisers prior to the registration deadline.