Poetics Before Modernity


Poetics before Modernity brings together leading classicists, medievalists, and Renaissance scholars to present new work on Western literary theory from antiquity to 1700.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings will take place on Tuesdays at 5.15pm in the Old Combination Room at Trinity College. Refreshments will be served.

Convenors: Vladimir Brljak (vb276@cam.ac.uk) and Micha Lazarus (mdsl3@cam.ac.uk).

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Full Programme: 2016-2017


Tuesday 25 Oct. - "Allegory and Etymology"
Glenn Most (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

Thursday 24 Nov. - "An Emotional Anthology of Style"
Rita Copeland (University of Pennsylvania)

LENT 2017

Tuesday 24 Jan. - "Practical Criticism, Elizabethan Style"
Colin Burrow (University of Oxford)

Tuesday 7 Feb. - Inside and Outside the Mind: The Greek Poetics of Inspiration
Stephen Halliwell (University of St Andrews)

Tuesday 21 Feb. - The Second Greatest Story Ever Told
Jon Whitman (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Tuesday 7 Mar. Lyric Poetics?
Gavin Alexander (University of Cambridge)


Tuesday 2 May. - Metametrica: Juan Caramuel's Baroque Poetics
Roland Greene (Stanford University)

Tuesday 16 May. - Hermeneutic Fields in Ancient Poetics
Peter Struck (University of Pennsylvania)

Tuesday 30 May. - Personification and Alienation: The Case of Deguileville
Nicolette Zeeman (University of Cambridge)

Tuesday 13 Jun. - The Early Modern Rhetoric of Plato's Poetics
Kathy Eden (Columbia University)