Visiting Scholars to Present Seminars at Renaissance Center

The Renaissance Center has scheduled a series of events with visiting scholars Lynne Magnusson and Paul Stevens of the University of Toronto, who will be in residence during the week of Oct. 21-25.

The events are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Oct.  22, 1:30 p.m., Magnusson presents a seminar titled “Shakespeare’s Language: New Directions, New Tools (Part I),” The focus is on discourse and discourse analysis; early modern English and language change with the examples being “Lear” and “Othello.”
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m., Stevens presents a seminar on “Literary Studies and the Turn to Religion,” with possible readings of Badiou, “Saint Paul: the Foundation of Universalism”; Taylor, “Secular Age”; and Milton, “Epistle to Christian Doctrine.”
  • Thursday, Oct.  23, 1:30 p.m. Magnusson presents Part II of the seminar “Shakespeare’s Language: New Directions, New Tools,” examining Shakespeare and the grammar school; digital text analysis (for example, Voyant); with an example being “Richard III.”
  • Friday, Oct.  24, 1:30 p.m., Stevens leads a seminar on “Sovereignty and the Politics of Paradise Lost,” discussing religion and politics in “Paradise Lost.” Possible readings include Carl Schmitt’s “Political Theology” and “Paradise Lost,” especially books 3 and 5.

Magnusson is director of the Center for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at Toronto, while Stevens is the acting English department chair and Canada Research chair in early modern studies.

All of the seminars are free and open to the public, and take place at the Renaissance Center,  650 East Pleasant St. Call 577-3600 for information.