March SWEMN: Ivic on the Jacobean Union

The next meeting of the South West Early Modernist Network is on Wednesday 18th March, starting at 6.30pm. Dr Chris Ivic, newly of Bath Spa University, will be giving a paper entitled ‘ “This mighty worke of vnion”: Early Jacobean Panegyric’.

Abstract: this paper examines panegyrics written in the wake of James’s arrival in London in 1603, particularly those of Samuel Daniel, Michael Drayton, and Ben Jonson. Ostensibly poems praising James, some of these panegyrics are prefaced by elegies on Queen Elizabeth. This hybrid elegy/panegyric form calls attention to the hopes and fears that a foreign, composite monarch’s arrival in London elicited from his heterogeneous subjects.

Wine will be served after Chris’s paper, and we will then be going on to eat in a Bath pub; you are welcome to join us.

Directions and a map of the campus are here. We will meet in the Castle, room CE.G01 on the ground floor (yes, a real castle!). The nearest car park is next to Newton building (see map); directions to Newton Park by public transport are also on the BSU website.

The following paper will be on 29th April and will be given by a guest speaker, Dr Andy Fleck of San Jose State University – details to follow.

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