“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)