In September 1871, Paul Verlaine, an established poet living with his wife’s parents’, took seventeen-year-old Arthur Rimbaud under his wing, inviting him to move into the family home in Paris. It was not long before Verlaine fell under the spell of the talented and irreverent teenager. The two became lovers, and their violent and hedonistic relationship would destroy Verlaine’s reputation, torture his wife Mathilde, and alienate his friends and colleagues. At the same time, it was perhaps only with Rimbaud that Verlaine was ever truly free. Whether the two of them knew it or not, their meeting would change the course of French poetry forever.
This one day colloquium is organized under the auspices of the Journal of Greek Media and Culture and the Sub-Faculty of Byzantine and Modern Greek, Oxford. It was made possible thanks to a generous grant by the Onassis Foundation. All welcome. No prior booking required.
Presentation of the Festschrift in Honour of Professor Martin McLaughlin
Cultural Reception, Translation and Transformation from Medieval to Modern Italy
(edited by G. Bonsaver, B. Richardson, G. Stellardi. Oxford: Legenda, 2017)
The volume will be introduced by Prof. P. Hainsworth and Prof. D. Robey, followed by a short reply by Prof. McLaughlin. A drinks reception to mark Prof. McLaughlin’s retirement will follow. All welcome.
Event sponsored by the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, with the help of The Oxford Italian Association
Launch of the Taylor Institution Library’s ‘Reformation Pamphlet Series’, including a public reading of the full ‘Sendbrief vom Dolmetschen’ in German, with a new English translation. This text is the first in the new pamphlet series and will be available to participants at a discounted price.
Thomas More’s ground-breaking island fantasy, first published in 1516, asks us all what brave new world we are to wish for. What would a society better than ours look like? Who ought to be allowed in? And on what terms? These are More’s questions in Utopia, and they have never mattered more than today, as the UK prepares to pursue a political future outside the EU and walls go up in the US. It may seem timely to return to the traditional reading of More’s text as a blueprint for political change: Utopia tells, after all, how a peninsula cut itself off from the continent to make a better future as an island… Yet the name More created for his island – Utopia – means ‘no place’: the political message of More’s text is undermined by the surrounding irony that his brave new world is a Nowhere Island.
The MFO is hosting a two day conference jointly organised by Sophie Lefay (Université d’Orléans), Laurent Turcot (Université du Québec à Trois Rivières) and Catriona Seth (University of Oxford) on walking and social rituals in the 18th century. It will include papers on national characteristics of walks, literary and educational walks, royal progresses and botanical collections, garden fashions and commercial activities for walkers. All welcome.