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Jonathan Sachs lectures

24 February 2010

Professor Jonathan Sachs will be giving a lecture and leading research workshops for both staff and postgraduates on Romantic appropriations of the classics from March 1-5.

Jon Sachs (Professor of English at Corcordia University, Montreal) will be visiting Bristol as the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor. His forthcoming monograph, Romantic Antiquity: Rome in the British Imagination,1789-1832 (OUP), examines how Romantic-period writers deployed Roman republican precedents to contest central aspects of political modernity. He is now working on a book about the idea of cultural decline in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, again focusing on the shifting interpretations, evaluation and deployment of the classical world in the 'culture wars' of this period. Professor Sachs will be giving a range of lectures and workshops during his stay:
  • 1 March: research workshop on the uses of ancient ideas and examples in modern political discourse and debates, including contributions from Chris Bertram, James Thompson and Neville Morley. Seminar room G4, 3 Woodland Road, 4.30-6.00, followed by a reception in the Humanities Common Room.
  • 2 March: Lecture: 'The Cassandra of the State: Anna Barbauld's Unknown Future and the Art of Prognosis'.  With responses from Duncan Kennedy, Richard Sheldon and Ika Willis. The Link Rooms, 4.15-6.00, followed by a reception in the Humanities Common Room.
  • 3 March: research workshop for postgraduates. Ground Floor Seminar Room, Graduate School, 2.00-4.00. Please contact to reserve a place and be sent the advance reading.
  • 4 March: research workshop on 'Classicism in Romanticism', with contributions from Stephen Cheeke, David Hopkins, Bradley Stephens and Genevieve Liveley. 4.15-6.00, venue tbc.

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