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Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Rockefeller Hall, 115
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.