Séminaire Modernités britanniques : John Gillies (University of Essex)
Mercredi 6 novembre - 17h15

Séminaire Modernités britanniques : John Gillies (University of Essex)

La première séance du séminaire ’Modernités britanniques’ accueillera, le 6 novembre prochain, John Gillies (University of Essex) pour une conférence intitulée "Towards a Poetics of the Early Modern Sky".

Résumé de la conférence

As part of a wider project on the phenomenology of the early modern sky (which asks how the sky is presented to us by the senses), this paper considers a poetics of the sky. The difference is that whereas phenomenology tries to reduce an object or impression to its bare minimum as percept, a poetics is attentive to the feeling tone that the object inspires in us. Here I propose that the sky in this period – whether idea or symbol – is pervaded by anxiety. Paradoxically this anxiety was indistinguishable from new spatial technologies of mapping and perspective. The paper begins by considering a notably unanxious medieval symbolism of the sky (in the gothic cathedral) and compares it with anxious early modern counterparts : sky imagery in Milton’s Paradise Lost, Breugel’s Fall of Icarus, and Shakespeare’s King Lear. It is not just that the imagery of the sky differs from medieval to early modern construct, but that the difference is worked out on the basis of a common terminology and tradition.

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Le conférencier

John Gillies is Professor in Literature at the University of Essex. He is the author of Shakespeare and the geography of difference (Cambridge, 1994), and co-editor of Performing Shakespeare in Japan (Cambridge, 2001) and Playing the Globe : genre and geography in early modern drama (AUP, 1998). He has written numerous pieces on early modern literature and drama. He is currently working towards two books : Complicity, a cultural and intellectual history, and The Conversational Turn in Shakespeare.

Informations pratiques

Mercredi 6 novembre - 17h15/19h15

Maison des Sciences de l’Homme
4 rue Ledru
63 000 Clermont-Ferrand

Amphi 219


Prochaines séances du séminaire

Les séances clermontoises du séminaire Modernités britanniques seront les suivantes :

  • Mercredi 5 février, 17h15, Bernard Cottret (Université Versailles Saint Quentin) : « Les Tudors »
  • Mercredi 8 avril, 17h15, Rachel Holmes (University College London) : « Shakespeare and the history of sexuality » (titre provisoire)

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