Wednesday, July 02, 2008

“Lords of Wine and Oil”

Community and Conviviality in the work of Robert Herrick and his contemporaries.

This conference comes halfway through the process of editing The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick (Oxford UP, 2010) and will be held from July 18th – 20th 2008 at Buckfast Abbey, near Herrick’s vicarage of Dean Prior, in Devon. One session will also be held in Herrick’s church at Dean Prior. The conference will focus on the part played by Community, Conviviality and Friendship not only in Herrick’s work, but in all forms of literary discourse of the early Stuart period (c.1600-c.1650).

This conference is organised by the The Herrick Project at Newcastle University and is supported by the School of English at Newcastle, the British Academy, the AHRC, the AMARC, the Society for Renaissance Studies, St. John’s College, Cambridge and the Department of English at the University of Exeter.

All papers will be held in Schiller Hall, Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, unless otherwise indicated.


Friday 18th July:

9-9.30 am Registration and coffee

9.30 – 11.00 Session 1: Conviviality and its Contents

Chair: Ruth Connolly (Newcastle)

Michelle O’Callaghan (Reading), “Those Lyrick Feasts, made at the Sun, the Dog, the triple Tunne”: Going Clubbing with Ben Jonson

Nicholas McDowell (Exeter), Herrick and the Order of the Black Ribband

Philip Withington (Leeds), Company and Cultural Change in Early Modern England

11.0-11.30 Coffee

11.30- 12.45 Session 2: First Plenary

Chair: Professor Rick Rylance (Exeter)

Professor Katharine Eisaman Maus (Virginia), Individuality and Faction in Cavalier Poetry

12.45 -1.45 Lunch

1.45-3.15pm Session 3: Retreat and Resilience

Paul Salzman (La Trobe), Anne Clifford: Writing for Oneself/Writing for Others

John Adrian (Virginia at Wise), Country house “community” in the poetry of Mildmay Fane

Robin Kirschbaum (Newcastle), Community as an Imagined Response in the Royalist Poetic Tradition

3.15-3.30 Tea

3.30– 5.00 Session 4 : Miscellanies and their Communities

Chair: Andrew McRae (Exeter)

John Gouws (North-West University, SA ), Nicholas Oldisworth celebrates the provincial

Mark Nicholls (St. John’s, Cambridge ), 'Resuggesting our fanceys still': William Percy and his 'Singular Booke of Epigrammes'

James Doelman (Western Ontario), An Oxford Circle of Poetic Friendship, ca. 1600

5.00 - 5.45 A Tour of the Abbey

5.45 - 6. 15 Session 5: Lyrical Herrick

Stacey Jocey Houck (Texas Tech), “Touch but thy Lire (my Harrie)”: Henry Lawes and the Mirthful Music of Robert Herrick’s Hesperides

6.15 - 7.30: Wine Reception and Buffet

7.30 - 9.00 pm: “Select Musicall Ayres and Dialogues” ( Buckfast Abbey Church )

Performed by:

Richard Wistreich, Alessandra Testai, Miranda Laurence (singers)

Robin Jeffrey: Theorbo and Guitar

Music by Henry and William Lawes, Nicholas Lanier, Girolam Frescobaldi, John Jenkins, Thomas Ravenscroft and Robert Johnson

including settings of Herrick’s and Marvell’s poetry and songs from The Tempest and The Duchess of Malfi.

Saturday 19th July

9.15 – 10.45 Session 6: The Classical Influence in Herrick’s Poetry

Stella Achilleos (Nicosia), ‘Ile bring thee Herrick to Anacreon:’ Robert Herrick’s Anacreontics and the Politics of Conviviality in Hesperides

Syrithe Pugh (Aberdeen), Supping with Ghosts: Imitation and Immortality in Herrick.

Richard Wistreich (Newcastle), "Charon make haste!": the tale of a mid-seventeenth century dialogue song

10.45-11.15 Coffee

11.15 – 12.45 Session 7: Reading Communities

Christopher Burlinson (Emmanuel College, Cambridge), Community and Miscellaneity: A Seventeenth-century Oxford manuscript

Nelleke Moser (VU University, Amsterdam), Reading as Trespassing. Private Manuscripts and Social Readership

Garth Bond (Lawrence), “Rare Poems Ask Rare Friends”: Ben Jonson, Coterie Poet in Print

12.45-1.45 Lunch

1.45 – 3.15 Session 8: Personal Herrick

David Landrum (Cornerstone), Constructing Herrick: Friendship as Biography

Philip Major (Birkbeck), ‘Alas Good Browne!’: friendship and formulae in Herrick’s ‘Chorus’

John Creaser (Mansfield College, Oxford), Herrick in History: Some Caveats

3.15-3.45: Coffee

3.45-4.45 Session 9: Herrick’s Canon: the Neglected and the Dubious Poems

Graham Parry (York), Herrick’s Nobler Numbers

Mark Bland (De Montfort), ‘To his False Mistress’: A Manuscript History

5.00 - visit Dean Prior arriving at the Church at 5.15pm for tea at 5.30 at Dean Prior church meeting local residents

6.00-7.15 Session 10: Second Plenary, Dean Prior Church:

Chair: Professor Tom Cain (Newcastle)

Professor Leah Marcus (Vanderbilt), Robert Herrick's Work Ethic or, Herrick and Postmodernism

7.30: Coach to Buckfast Abbey for Conference Dinner at 8.00.

Sunday 20th July:

10.00-11.00 Session 11: Royalists in the Interregnum

Marcus Nevitt (Sheffield), The Insults of Defeat: Royalist Responses to Sir William Davenant’s Gondibert

Marjorie Swann (Kansas), Environment and Community in Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30 – 1.00 Session 12: The AMARC panel on manuscript circulation

Chair: Professor Richard Todd (Leiden)

Heather Windram (Dept. of Biochemistry, Cambridge) , The Evolutionary Analysis of Literary Texts

Philip West (Somerville College, Oxford), James Shirley’s Poems (1646): Manuscript into Print

Donald Dickson (Texas A&M), Editing the Satires with Mixed Genealogies for the Donne Variorum

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2-3.30pm Session 13: Group Poetics

Sara Trevisan (Padua), Michael Drayton: Patronage and Politics, 1597-1612

Lionel Faull (North-West University, SA), Robert Herrick: A Twenty-first-Century African Perspective

Line Cottegnies (Univ. Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle ), Leaves of Fame: Katherine Philips and Robert Herrick's Shared Community

3.30- 3.45 tea

3.45- 4.15 pm Summary panel chaired by Professor Patrick Collinson & with Professor Achsah Guibbory

Optional Dinner at Agaric in Ashburton


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