Visiting Scholar Gives Renaissance Wednesday Lecture

Professor Paul Stevens, Canada Research Chair in Early Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Toronto and a fellow of Trinity College, will present an informal lecture on “Jane Austen and Shakespeare & Fletcher’s Henry VIII: Drama as Liturgy” on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Reading Room of the Renaissance Center

Stevens’ area of specialty is 17th-century English literature, especially the works of John Milton. A former president of the Milton Society of America and visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, he was recently elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His first book was “Imagination and the Presence of Shakespeare in ‘Paradise Lost’” and his most recent, “Early Modern Nationalism and Milton’s England,” a co-edited volume that won the 2009 Irene Samuel Memorial Prize. He currently has two book projects in progress: “Milton Imagining England” and “Sola Gratia: English Literature and the Secular Ways of Grace,” for which he was awarded a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellowship.

The center is located at 650 East Pleasant St. and the event is free and open to the public.

Call the center at 577-3600 for more information.