Department of English

TILTS Spring Lecture: "Learn to Die: Late Medieval English Images Before the Evangelical Law"

Thu, February 25, 2010 | Mezes 1.306

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

In Spring 2010 TILTS will present three public lectures on English Renaissance literature and religious conflict by world-famous scholars, the first of whom will be James Simpson of Harvard University. On February 25, 2010, at 7.00 pm in Mezes 1.306, Professor James Simpson will deliver a public lecture entitled "Learn to Die: Late Medieval English Images Before the Evangelical Law":

  "Iconoclasm is not “somewhere else.” Instead, it lies buried deep within the Anglo-American tradition, which insistently and violently repudiates idols and images as dangerous carriers of the old regime. In this lecture I focus on the image in the century before the first iconoclastic legislation of 1538, and the twenty-five years after that legislation, up to 1563."

James Simpson, Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English at Harvard University, was previously Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at the University of Cambridge. In addition to earlier studies of such medieval topics as John Lydgate, Alan of Lille, John Gower, and Piers Plowman, in 2002 he published Images, Idolatry, and Iconoclasm in Late Medieval England (Oxford) and Reform and Cultural Revolution, 1350-1547, a volume in the Oxford English Literary History.  Simpson's work presents a much darker picture of English modernity than is customary, as he traverses the boundaries between late medieval and early modern in both directions.

For more information about this event and others in the TILTS Spring Lecture series, please go to the Spring Lecture information page.

Sponsored by: Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies

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