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University of Oxford Faculty of English

Clarendon Lectures

The Clarendon Lecture series is run across the University.

The next series will be given by Professor Thomas Keymer, Chancellor Jackman Professor of English at the University of Toronto, in November 2014.

The 2014 series will take place on weeks 5 and 6 of Michaelmas Term: Tuesday 11th November, Thursday 13th November, Tuesday 18th November, and Thursday 20th November. All four lectures will take place in Lecture Theatre 2 in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. They will begin at 5.15pm, and all are welcome. The theme of the 2014 series is 'Poetics of the Pillory: English Literature and Seditious Libel, 1660-1820'. The individual lectures are entitled:

1. Faint Meaning: Dryden and Restoration Censorship

2. Libels in Hieroglyphicks: Defoe, Pope

3. The Trade of Libelling: Fielding, Johnson

4. Southey’s New Star Chamber


Recent Clarendon Lecturers in English include:

Professor David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English at Yale University on 'How Words Make Things Happen' (October 2013). 

Professor Brian Cummings, Professor of English, University of Sussex, on 'Bibliophobia' (October/November 2012)

Professor Terry Castle, Walter A Haas Professor in the Humanities, Stanford University, on 'Rococophilia' (November 2011)

Professor Quentin Skinner, Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London on 'Shakespeare and Rhetorical Invention' (February 2011).

Professor James Simpson, Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English, Harvard University on 'The Iniquity of the Fathers: Iconoclasm in the Anglo-American Tradition' (May 2009).

Professor Michael Wood, University of Princeton on 'Yeats and Violence' (February 2008).

David Wallace (2007).
Helen Vendler (2004).
Marina Warner (2001).
Mary Jacobus (1997).
Nguigi we Thiong'O (1996).
Seamus Deane (1995).
Jacqueline Rose (1994).
Stanley Fish (1993).
Henry Louis Gates (1992).
Margaret Atwood (1991).
Christopher Ricks (1990).
Elaine Showalter (1989).
Stephen Greenblatt (1988).
Frank Kermode (1987).