The Clarendon Lecture series relaunch 2023

susan stewart

The English Faculty is delighted to announce the re-launch of the Clarendon Lecture Series, run in collaboration with Oxford University Press. The Clarendon Lectures provide wide-ranging, lively studies from some of the most prestigious writers and thinkers of today. Previous speakers include Margaret Atwood and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, and more recently, Professor Denise Gigante and Michael Hofmann.

The 2023 series welcomes Professor Susan Stewart (Princeton University) to the English Faculty to lecture on 'Poetry's Nature', with the following titles:

17 May 2023: "The Bird in Glee": On the Non-semantic

18 May 2023: The Seasons: Paradigm of Lyric Time*

23 May 2023: Motion and Turn: Ways of Water**

24 May 2023: The Imperceptible, or Wilderness

All talks will take place at 5.30pm at the English Faculty (Lecture Theatre 2), Manor Road, Oxford.

Susan Stewart, the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University, is a poet, critic, and translator. A former MacArthur Fellow and Chancellor of the Academy of American poets, she is the author of six books of poems, including Columbarium, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and, most recently, Cinder: New and Selected Poems. Her many prose works include On Longing, Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, The Open Studio: Essays in Art and Aesthetics, The Poet’s Freedom, and The Ruins Lesson: Meaning and Material in Western Culture

The Clarendon Lectures are published by Oxford University Press in print and electronic form, so that they can be enjoyed by readers for years to come. You can browse the publications on their website.

The English Faculty is also looking forward to welcoming speakers Simon Gikandi in 2023-2024 and Teju Cole in 2024-2025.