Elysian Poetry: A Short History of Immortality, Homer to Heaney (Seminar, 26th November)

cpp seminar 1The next seminar in our Inventions of the Text series, and the inaugural seminar of the Centre for Poetry and Poetics research series, will see Professor Patrick Cheney talk about the representation of immortality in the poetry of Homer, Seamus Heaney, and others in between. All are welcome to the Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, on 26th November at 16.45.

Professor Patrick Cheney is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University. He specializes in English Renaissance literature. His interests include authorship, influence and intertextuality, literary careers, genre, classical reception, nationhood, republicanism, the sublime, and the relation between poetry and drama.

His books include Reading Sixteenth-Century Poetry (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011); Marlowe’s Republican Authorship: Lucan, Liberty, and the Sublime (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009); Shakespeare’s Literary Authorship (Cambridge, 2008); Shakespeare, National Poet-Playwright (Cambridge, 2004); Marlowe’s Counterfeit Profession: Ovid, Spenser, Counter-Nationhood (Toronto, 1997); and Spenser’s Famous Flight: A Renaissance Idea of a Literary Career (Toronto, 1993).  He has also edited The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s Poetry (2007) and The Cambridge Companion to Christopher Marlowe(2004), as well as co-edited a number of collections on Renaissance poetry and drama, including a two-volume set on this topic from Oxford University Press.

The following seminar in the Centre for Poetry and Poetics research seminar series will be on 10th December, 16.45, in St Chad’s College. Dr James Robinson will talk about Ted Hughes and the Medieval Politics of Metre.


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