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"Meter and Modernity: Piers Plowman and Blank Verse" Lecture and Workshop

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Rockefeller Hall, 115
Central Campus

Please join us on Thursday April 25th at 5:00pm in Rockefeller Hall 115. Professor Eric Weiskott from Boston College will be lecturing on 

"Meter and Modernity: Piers Plowman and Blank Verse" with a Q&A to follow. This event is sponsored by SAFC, the Medieval Studies Program, and the English Department. A meter workshop will be held the following day on April 26, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm in the English Department Lounge, Goldwin Smith 258.


 For a surprising number of early modern readers, William Langland's alliterative Piers Plowman was a poem in blank verse. This lecture, drawn from a book in progress, asks what cultural, intellectual, and institutional conditions had to be met in order for this to be true, and what value sixteenth- and seventeenth-century misreadings of alliterative meter might still have for our understanding of Langland's fourteenth-century poetics and its place in literary history. 


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English, Society for the Humanities, Medieval Studies

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Sarah Meidl


Eric Weiskott

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Boston College

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