School of English, Drama and Film, UCD present
Prof. Stephen Guy-Bray (University of British Columbia, Canada)
“The Renaissance of Not Doing Things”
We typically describe the English Renaissance as a time of frantic activity, both in England and, increasingly, on a global scale. The other side of all this activity is a fascination with inactivity. Many writers of this period express a desire not to do anything.This desire often finds expression as the wish to become a plant or a work of art. I’m interested in how our sense of the Renaissance changes if we see Narcissus as the paradigmatic figure
Prof. Stephen Guy-Bray is Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in Renaissance poetry and queer theory, and is the author of three monographs and numerous essays and journal articles.
This talk takes place at 4.30pm, Thursday 24th November in J208, Newman building, UCD