Reimagining Andrew Marvell

Event Date: 
07 May 2020 to 09 May 2020

The Poet at 400

For further details, and to register, please see the Colloquim Website.

The School of English at St Andrews is delighted to announce the eighth annual English Colloquium, ‘Reimagining Andrew Marvell: The Poet at 400’, scheduled for 7-9 May 2020. This year’s colloquium is also a British Academy Conference, with additional travel support for postgraduates and other participants provided by the Society for Renaissance Studies and the Folger Shakespeare Institute.


This conference takes its place in a distinguished tradition of anniversary celebrations of Andrew Marvell, the great poet and politician from Hull. In 1921, the tercentenary of Marvell’s birth, the Bishop of Durham presided over a special service in Hull in Marvell’s honour. That same year, T. S. Eliot published an appreciation in the TLS which permanently established Marvell’s reputation as a poet. Some sixty years later, in 1978, scholars gathered on a number of campuses to mark the tercentenary of his death, an occasion which produced a trio of celebratory volumes. ‘Reimagining Andrew Marvell’, the first of the quatercentenary celebrations, promises to be the most prestigious gathering of Marvell scholars in a generation.


Contributors to this weekend colloquium represent some of Marvell’s leading editors, biographers, and critics of the last four decades, as well as new and emerging voices within the field of early modern studies. Over two days, these invited speakers will be reflecting on a hundred years of Marvell scholarship and, at the same time, looking forward to its next century. Since the ‘historical turn’ of the 1970s and 80s, politics have become the privileged paradigm of new research on Marvell. But what comes ‘after’ politics? The answer may be ‘more politics’ – but politics newly conceived, newly configured according to time, place, language, the body, the soul, or according to integers which are just now being imagined. However, fresh approaches are also being discovered in a return to form, to poetry and poetics, to the life of writing and the life in writing. Papers will cover the whole of Marvell’s career, in verse and prose, but the emphasis falls upon Marvell’s poetry, reaffirming – and reopening inquiry into – those aesthetic qualities which have over the last hundred years assured Marvell’s recognition as the second most important seventeenth-century poet after John Milton, and indeed, we would argue, as a poet in certain respects without match.


Organisers: Matthew Augustine and Giulio Pertile are Senior Lecturer and Lecturer, respectively, in the School of English at the University of St Andrews.


Invited speakers: Martin Dzelzainis (University of Leicester); James Loxley (University of Edinburgh); Nicholas McDowell (University of Exeter); Victoria Moul (University College London); David Norbrook (University of Oxford); Tessie Prakas (Scripps College); Joanna Picciotto (University of California, Berkeley); Diane Purkiss (University of Oxford); Jacqueline Rose (University of St Andrews); Nigel Smith (Princeton University); David Carroll Simon (University of Maryland); Noël Sugimura (University of Oxford); Gordon Teskey (Harvard University); Esther van Raamsdonk (Queen Mary University of London); Nicholas von Maltzahn (University of Ottawa); and Steven N. Zwicker (Washington University, St Louis).


A small number of postgraduate bursaries to subsidize the cost of conference attendance are provided by a grant from the Society for Renaissance Studies. These awards will be worth £200. Current postgraduates who wish to be considered should write to the convenors no later than 1 December 2019. Please include a statement of up to 500 words describing the fit of your research with the event and explaining how you stand to benefit from participating in the conference. The bursaries will be paid in the form of reimbursement for costs incurred.


For further details, and to register, please see the Colloquim Website.