BMS Spring Meeting 2017: Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Spring 2017 meeting of the British Milton Seminar will be held on Saturday 18 March 2017.

Venue: The Birmingham and Midland Institute on 18 March 2017.  There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm, and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

We currently intend that each session will have two papers (of approx. 25-30 minutes each), for which proposals are invited.

Please send proposals to Professor Sarah Knight (sk218@leicester.ac.uk) and/or Dr Hugh Adlington (h.c.adlington@bham.ac.ukby no later than 31 January 2017.

Hugh Adlington and Sarah Knight

Joint Conveners

The Canada Milton Seminar XII

The Canada Research Chair Program, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies and Department of English at the University of Toronto present:

The Canada Milton Seminar XII, May 12-13, 2017.

For details and to register please visit ccrs.ca/milton2017.

Dennis Danielson (University of British Columbia)

Stephen Greenblatt (Harvard University)

Linda Gregerson (University of Michigan)

Elizabeth Hanson (Queen’s University)

Other speakers include Catherine Bates (U of Warwick, UK), Trevor Cook (Trent U), Tobias Gregory (Catholic U of America), and Jennifer Rust (Saint Louis U).

British Milton Seminar, 15 October 2016: amended programme

This is just to inform you that the title of Esther van Raamsdonk’s paper for this Saturday’s BMS has changed from:

‘Milton, Marvell and Anglo-Dutch Relations in the early 1650s’

to:

‘The Influence of the Anglo-Dutch Wars on Milton’s Life and Work’

Otherwise, the programme remains as previously advertised:

Venue: In the Birmingham and Midland Institute. There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

11.00-12.30

Esther van Raamsdonk (Exeter): ‘The Influence of the Anglo-Dutch Wars on Milton’s Life and Work’

Philippa Earle (Exeter): ‘True Fictions of Cosmology in Kepler and Milton’

 2.00-4.00

Sarah Knight (Leicester): ‘The prosody of a verse among the rudiments of grammar? Milton and Ideas about Metre at Early Modern Cambridge’

Cedric Brown (Reading): ‘Milton’s Discriminatory Greek Test’

The Birmingham and Midland Institute (BMI) was founded by Act of Parliament in 1854, for ‘the Diffusion and Advancement of Science, Literature and Art amongst all Classes of Persons resident in Birmingham and the Midland Counties,’ and continues to pursue these aims. The BMI is located in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre, just a few minutes’ walk from Birmingham New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street railway stations:

Birmingham and Midland Institute

Margaret Street

Birmingham B3 3BS

Please follow this link for a map of the BMI’s location, and for further information about the BMI and its Library: http://bmi.org.uk/location.html

For further information about the British Milton Seminar, please contact either:

Professor Sarah Knight (sk218@leicester.ac.uk), or Dr Hugh Adlington (h.c.adlington@bham.ac.uk).

Hugh Adlington and Sarah M. Knight (Co-convenors)

 

Shakespeare’s Globe staging of Comus, 26 Oct -19 Nov 2016

Comus – A Masque in Honour of Chastity

Wednesday 26 October – Saturday 19 November 2016

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Deep in the woods, a Lady is lost, exhausted and separated from her brothers.

After encountering a mysterious stranger – Comus, the God of Revelry – who promises refuge, she finds herself trapped in a magical palace, unable to move from a cursed chair. Tempted by pleasure, torn between wantonness and virtue, the Lady enters a warped world of wonder and horror, where gender, sexuality and morality prove fluid and unpredictable.

Milton’s epic poem Comus – A Masque of Chastity twists the conventions of the masque, leading the audience on an unpredictable and volatile journey.

Lucy Bailey has previously directed memorable productions of Titus Andronicus, Macbeth and Timon of Athens at the Globe, as well as Fortune’s Fool at the Old Vic and The Winter’s Tale and The Taming of the Shrew at the RSC.

See here for further details

 

Manga version of Paradise Lost: campaign for support

Milton’s Cottage is delighted to announce its first ever crowdfunding campaign. Following in the grand tradition of Jacob Tonson – who raised funds by public subscription in 1688 for the first illustrated edition of Paradise Lost– we are crowdfunding to publish a Manga version of Milton’s epic masterpiece, starting with Books I & II.

Paradise Lost has inspired many great artists over the years and we think this popular Japanese illustration style will engage a new generation of readers with Milton’s work.  If we reach our funding target, the book will launch in Spring 2017 to help us celebrate the 350th anniversary of the publication of Paradise Lost in style.  All proceeds from book sales will go towards preserving Milton’s Cottage for future generations.

There are some great rewards on offer for our supporters, including your own limited edition copy and the chance to join us for the book launch.  To find out more about the project or make a donation please go to:

http://www.crowdpatch.co.uk/communityinvestors/2006/manga-paradise-lost

You can also help us by sending this link to anyone who might be interested as well as following us on Facebook or Twitter @MiltonsCottage.

**PLEASE NOTE: We only have until next Thursday (29th September) to raise the required funding so your support would be very much appreciated.**

For further information, please contact John Bradley, Trustee of Milton’s Cottage (info@miltonscottage.org); tel.: +44 7703 572344.

British Milton Seminar, 15 October 2016: Programme

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Saturday 15 October 2016

Venue: In the Birmingham and Midland Institute. There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

11.00-12.30

Esther van Ramsdonk (Exeter): ‘Milton, Marvell and Anglo-Dutch Relations in the early 1650s’

Philippa Earle (Exeter): ‘True Fictions of Cosmology in Kepler and Milton’

 2.00-4.00

Sarah Knight (Leicester): ‘The prosody of a verse among the rudiments of grammar? Milton and Ideas about Metre at Early Modern Cambridge’

Cedric Brown (Reading): ‘Milton’s Discriminatory Greek Test’

The Birmingham and Midland Institute (BMI) was founded by Act of Parliament in 1854, for ‘the Diffusion and Advancement of Science, Literature and Art amongst all Classes of Persons resident in Birmingham and the Midland Counties,’ and continues to pursue these aims. The BMI is located in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre, just a few minutes’ walk from Birmingham New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street railway stations:

Birmingham and Midland Institute

Margaret Street

Birmingham B3 3BS

Please follow this link for a map of the BMI’s location, and for further information about the BMI and its Library: http://bmi.org.uk/location.html

For further information about the British Milton Seminar, please contact either:

Professor Sarah Knight (sk218@leicester.ac.uk), or Dr Hugh Adlington (h.c.adlington@bham.ac.uk).

Hugh Adlington and Sarah M. Knight (Co-convenors)

CFP: Neo-Latin Literary Perspectives on Britain and Ireland, 1520–1670

CALL FOR PAPERS

Conference: Neo-Latin Literary Perspectives on Britain and Ireland, 1520–1670

The Society for Neo-Latin Studies invites submissions for papers for a conference on 15–16 September 2017, at Churchill College, Cambridge, on Neo-Latin Literary Perspectives on Britain and Ireland, 1520–1670. In this period, Latin was the international language of European literature and a host of material dealing with British and Irish political and cultural identity survives both by authors working within Britain and Ireland and by those outside. Proposed papers dealing with the perception and depiction of Britain and Ireland from elsewhere in Europe are therefore encouraged as well as those on works written by authors resident in Britain or Ireland. Papers may discuss works in poetry or prose, and international scholars are very much encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration.

Examples of topics and authors relevant to the call include (but are by no means limited to): the idea of ‘Britain’ and ‘Ireland’ in Latin literature (including historiography); Latin verse responses, both in England and on the continent, to major events, such as the death of Philip Sidney, the defeat of the Armada, the Gunpowder Plot, the Thirty Years War, and the events of the Civil War, Protectorate and Restoration; the work of British and Irish Catholic authors resident abroad (often in France and Italy); the role of national identity in major Neo-Latin authors of the period such as Leland, Polydore Vergil, Camden, Stanihurst, Buchanan, Harvey, O’Meara, Owen, Campion, Barclay, Milton, Hobbes; the role of Latin literature in shaping distinct identities and communities of readership, for instance among Irish and Scottish authors, as well as among Catholic writers. Contributors may also want to consider the role of translation into and out of Latin in the formation of British and Irish identity in the period.

SNLS takes particular responsibility for encouraging graduate students and early-career scholars in the field. There will be a special early-career panel of slightly shorter (20 minute) papers only for those currently working towards a PhD or who are within two years of submission.

All other abstracts should be for 30-minute papers.

For all proposed papers, a title and abstract of up to 200 words (along with the name of the presenter, their affiliation and, for students, their year of study) should be submitted to neolatinsociety@gmail.com by 15 September 2016.

In addition, junior scholars, at MA or PhD level, who would like to present their work in a briefer form are encouraged to submit proposals (title and two-sentence summary) for a poster session (by the same deadline).

SNLS is in the process of applying for funding, but at this stage it cannot be guaranteed that all expenses of presenters will be covered.

Afterlives of Eve conference, 9-11 September 2016

Registration is now open for ‘The Afterlives of Eve’ conference, jointly organized by Durham and Newcastle Universities, 9-11th of September 2016.

This interdisciplinary and cross-period conference looks at representations and uses of Eve from the medieval to the modern periods across literature, art, theology and biology.

Keynotes:

Sandra M. Gilbert (Literature, UC Davis) ‘Invisible Ink: Eve in 20th-Century Women’s Poetry’

Wendy Furman-Adams (Literature, Whittier) ‘Milton’s Eve and the Artist’s Gaze: 1688-2016’

John Bothwell (Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Durham) ‘Dating in Eden, or did Eve ever meet Adam?’

All programme and registration details are here: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/mems/afterlivesofeveconference/

Canada Milton Seminar XI : May 13-14, 2016 – revised programme

The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, the Department of English & the Canadian Research Chairs Program at the University of Toronto presents

Canada Milton Seminar XI

Friday-Saturday 13-14 May 2016

David Norbrook (University of Oxford), Lucy Hutchinson, Milton, and the Writing of Theology

Thomas H. Luxon (Dartmouth College), Heroic Restorations: Milton and Dryden

Dayton Haskin (Boston College), Milton in the Tomb of Dead Languages

Rachel Trubowitz (University of New Hampshire), ’Nor vacuous the space’: Milton’s Chaos and Vacuist-Plenist Controversy

David Ainsworth (U of Alabama, Tuscaloosa)

Erin Webster (Birkbeck College, London / U of T)

Alison Chapman (U of Alabama, Birmingham)

Ryan Hackenbracht (Texas Tech U)

Alumni Hall, Old Victoria College, 93 Charles Street West, Toronto

Registration: $55 CAD (Faculty) and $25 CAD (Students)

Banquet: $70 CAD

crrs.ca/milton2016

 

British Milton Seminar, 12 March 2016: Programme

BMS 53

Saturday 12 March 2016

Venue: In the Birmingham and Midland Institute. There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

11.00-12.30

Miklós Péti (Károli Gáspár University, Budapest), ‘Homeric Laughter in Paradise Lost

Robert Cockcroft (Nottingham), ‘The significance of smiles in Paradise Lost (with reference back to Dante and Tasso)’

2.00-4.00

Joe Wallace (Birmingham), ‘Error and the Classical Tradition in Paradise Lost

Liam Haydon (Kent), ‘Milton and the Corporation’.

The Birmingham and Midland Institute (BMI) was founded by Act of Parliament in 1854, for ‘the Diffusion and Advancement of Science, Literature and Art amongst all Classes of Persons resident in Birmingham and the Midland Counties,’ and continues to pursue these aims. The BMI is located in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre, just a few minutes’ walk from Birmingham New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street railway stations:

Birmingham and Midland Institute

Margaret Street

Birmingham B3 3BS

Please follow this link for a map of the BMI’s location, and for further information about the BMI and its Library: http://bmi.org.uk/location.html

For further information about the British Milton Seminar, please contact either:

Professor Sarah Knight (sk218@leicester.ac.uk), or Dr Hugh Adlington (h.c.adlington@bham.ac.uk).

Hugh Adlington and Sarah M. Knight (Co-convenors)