London Renaissance Seminar: On the Road

21 February, 10.30am-1.30pm NB
Room 114, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1

10.00am Coffee

10.30am Sue Wiseman (Birkbeck) 'Lucy Hutchinson walks in the park: Elegy, Monument, Epitaph'
Becky Tomlin (Birkbeck)' "I trac'd him too and fro"; narratives of neighbourhood on the early modern stage'

11.30 am Coffee

12.00pm-1.15pm Prof James Loxley (Edinburgh) 'Performative Choreography: Ben Jonson Walking'

In this talk, I will discuss the ways in which our understanding of the meaning and implications of Ben Jonson's celebrated walk to Edinburgh in the summer of 1618 has been altered by the account of the journey discovered in Cheshire Archives in 2009. The 'Foot Voyage' narrative has presented us with numerous editorial and interpretative questions. Why did Jonson go? What did it mean for him to walk all the way? What is the status of the surviving account? Who accompanied him? What can we make of his interactions with his hosts? In seeking to answer these questions, it has been possible to build a detailed and, in some respects, surprising picture of this unique event.

1.15pm Coffee and tea

2.00pm close

The London Renaissance Seminar meets at Birkbeck College, University of London to discuss topics in the culture of the Renaissance. Anyone with an interest in the Renaissance is welcome to attend. Seminars are usually held in the School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square.

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