Molly Murray, associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, will speak on “From the Closed Cell to the Infinite Universe: Prison Projects and the Ralegh Circle” on Thursday, April 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Reading Room of the Renaissance Center, 650 East Pleasant St.
Murray’s areas of interest include 16th- and 17th-century English literature and culture, the history of poetics, political theory, the reception of St. Augustine in early modern England, the English Reformation and Counter-Reformation, metaphysical wit and autobiography.
Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in English Literary History, Studies in English Literature, Huntington Library Quarterly, Renaissance and Reformation, and “Catholic Culture in Early Modern England.” She is also a contributor to the Blackwell Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, and the Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of St. Augustine. She is the author of a monograph, “The Poetics of Conversion in Early Modern Literature: Verse and Change from Donne to Dryden” and is currently at work on a book-length study of literature and imprisonment from Wyatt to Milton.
Light refreshments and conversation follow the talk, which is free and open to the public.
Call the center at 577-3600 for more information.