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  1. The 16th International Connotations Symposium on “Metagenre” - From July 26 to 28, 2021, the 16th International Connotations Symposium will take place online in collaboration with the Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen and the Ruhr University Bochum. The speakers will look into questions of “Metagenre” and will focus on works that, like A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Good Soldier, reflect on the genre(s) to which they belong; this self-reflection may be either explicit or implicit. For more information and to find the programme, follow this link. Continue Reading
  2. July 2021: In Contemplation of Sheep – Celebrating 400 Years of The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania (1621) - by Sarah Briest As sheep roam the early summer meadows of Tübingen, creating idyllic pastoral tableaux on the slanting green hillsides, it is not incongruous to feel reminded of the setting of early modern pastoral romances. The imagination only has to supply a prince or two, in shepherd’s robes, striding across these Arcadian fields, possibly whistling a mournful tune, for the picture to be complete. In Mary Wroth’s prose romance The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania, which sees the 400th anniversary of its publication this year, the titular character, shepherd-raised Urania, ponders her own identity in a similar setting. Ignorant of… Continue Reading
  3. April 2021: Henry Vaughan, Doctor and Poet (born 1621) - by Matthias Bauer   This month, April 2021, we are celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Henry Vaughan, one of the most fascinating Early Modern English poets. He was born on 17 April 1621, at Newton-upon-Usk, Brecknockshire, Wales, together with his twin-brother Thomas, who later devoted his life to chemistry and pharmacy. Henry Vaughan’s interests were similar. After studying at Jesus College Oxford and perhaps serving on the royalist side during the civil war, he settled down in his native Brecknockshire, where he practiced as a country doctor until his death in 1695.  The beginning of his medical practice… Continue Reading
  4. Discover Literary Anniversaries - The history of literature in English is long and varied, having brought forth a nearly inexhaustible supply of memorable events - from the births and deaths of significant writers or the releases of their iconic works to revolutionary theatre performances or censorship lawsuits. This year, we want to mark some of these anniversaries and honour them with short articles on the events, as well as the people and books involved. We hope you enjoy this playful journey through history and maybe even learn about your new favourite anniversary. You can access all contributions from our landing page. Continue Reading