BMS Autumn Meeting 2017: Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Autumn 2017 meeting of the British Milton Seminar will be held on Saturday 21 October 2017.

Venue: The Birmingham and Midland Institute on 21 October 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 August 2017.

Hugh Adlington and Sarah Knight

Joint Conveners

Paradise Lost 350th Anniversary, 1667-2017: Public Lecture

Friday 20th October 2017
6.00 – 8.00 pm
Library of Birmingham

The British Milton Seminar is pleased to announce a free public lecture, sponsored by the Universities of Birmingham and Leicester, to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the publication of John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1667).
The lecture will be delivered by Professor Karen Edwards (University of Exeter), on ‘Slow Love in Paradise Lost‘.

The lecture will address the relationship between loving and attaining wisdom in Paradise Lost, between long-suffering love and ‘suffering for truth’s sake’. In his portrait of Adam and Eve’s relationship and of Satan’s degeneration, Milton shows readers how, precisely, love furthers and hatred frustrates the ability to know and to understand.

Attendance is free but spaces are limited and booking is essential: http://shop.bham.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/college-of-arts-law/school-of-english-drama-american-canadian-studies

Click here for event poster: Paradise Lost 350th anniversary poster

Bangor Restoration Conference 2017: Post-graduate bursaries

Please note that the deadline for applications for a post-graduate bursary for the 2017 Bangor Restoration Conference is approaching (26 May). These are undersubscribed at the moment, and offer a substantial reduction of the cost for an enjoyable event, that offers people working towards their PhD a chance to hear the latest thinking on the Restoration period, and to meet many of the leaders of the field. Could you bring these to the attention of anyone who might be interested? Details are on a tab on the conference website http://restoration.bangor.ac.uk/

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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): “Milton’s Ongoing Challenge to Charles Taylor’s ‘Immament Frame’”

Stephen Greenblatt (Harvard University): “Getting Real: The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve”

Linda Gregerson (University of Michigan): “Temptation of the Kingdoms”

Elizabeth Hanson (Queen’s University): “Representative Men: The Clerical Part and Christian Whole from Wycliffe to Milton”

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).

For event poster, see: CanadaMilton2017

British Milton Seminar, 18 March 2017: Programme

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Saturday 18 March 2017

Venue: 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

Kevin Hilliard (Oxford), ‘Milton’s eighteenth-century Swiss champions’;

Roberta Klimt (Oxford), ‘Eighteenth-century reception of Poems (1645)’.

2.00-4.00

Maggie Kilgour (McGill), ‘Milton’s Macbeths’;

Renata Del Rio Meints Adail (Birmingham), ‘Ulysses and Lycidas – Joyce’s epic and the presence of Milton’.

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)

Demise of Duquesne University Press

Dear All,

Many of you will have seen the Milton Society of America’s confirmation of the news that Duquesne University Press will soon be closed down as a cost-cutting measure.

In response, Elizabeth Sauer, current President of the Milton Society of America, has composed a response, which has been endorsed by the full Executive Committee of the MSA.

Please follow this link to read Elizabeth’s letter, and to add your signature: https://goo.gl/forms/0sgYZNryiKbA7E943.

The letter with signatures will be delivered on February 16.

Best wishes,

Hugh Adlington and Sarah Knight (co-convenors of the British Milton Seminar)

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