Classicisms in the English Renaissance

A conference to be held in Cambridge, Thursday, 19 June to Saturday, 21 June, at the Centre for
Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

For the full programme and registration details see:

This conference is planned as a workshop in association with the writing of a volume on The
English Renaissance (edited by Patrick Cheney, Penn State, and Philip Hardie, Cambridge), part of a
new 5-volume Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature (OUP). This volume will
combine the methods of traditional studies in literary influence with more recent approaches to
allusion, intertextuality, and reception, set in the wider frame of the cultural and institutional
contexts of the English Renaissance.

The speakers at the conference will include most of the contributors to the volume, an
international group numbering many of the leading scholars in the field as well as younger
scholars. The conference is intended not as an occasion for the airing of first drafts of the
chapters in the volume, but rather to promote a more general discussion of approaches and
methods. How does one do classical reception in English literature in the twenty-first century? A
particular purpose will be to bring together experts in English literature and classics in a dialogue
over the ways in which they approach texts and their contexts. The conference will be open to
other scholars and students, and we hope that it will generate wide interest in both classics and
English literature.