IBIS Events

USC's Institute for British and Irish Studies (IBIS) Graduate Colloquium announces its first event of the 2012-3 year.

“Paraphrase and Comparison in Donne”

Stephen Guy-Bray
Professor of English, University of British Columbia

Thursday Sept 20th at 4.30pm
Richard Ide Common Room, 420 Taper Hall

Stephen Guy-Bray’s research primarily concerns Renaissance poetry. Within this field, he is concerned with questions of allusion, influence, and intertextuality, with the connections between classical and Renaissance poetry, and with the representation of homosexual desire. In a nutshell, he does queer literary history and queer comparative literature.  Guy-Bray is the author of four mongraphs and one edited collection. Against Reproduction: Where Renaissance Texts Come From (2009) looks at the reproductive metaphor for textual production. Queer Renaissance Historiography: Backward Gaze (2009) is collection of essays co-edited with Vin Nardizzi and Will Stockton. Loving in Verse: Poetic Influence as Erotic (2006) proposes a theory of poetic influence as characterised by a homosocial and sometimes erotic relationship between the younger and the older poets. Homoerotic Space: The Poetics of Loss in Renaissance Literature (2002) looks at the ways in which Renaissance writers dealt with the homoeroticism and homosociality common to many classical poems, especially pastoral and elegy. His forth monograph, just completed, is entitled Different Renaissance Difference, and proposes a study of difference and sameness in the Renaissance and in Renaissance studies.

The event is open to all!! Please come along for snacks, beverages, and stimulating ideas.

Anyone with research interests in any aspect/period of British and Irish studies is warmly invited to join IBIS. Please contact Rebecca Lemon (rlemon@usc.edu) or Lindsay O'Neill (ljoneill@usc.edu) if you would like to be added to our e-mail list or to participate in the colloquium.


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The British and Irish Studies Colloquium

The British and Irish Studies Graduate Colloquium offers a forum for members of the USC community to meet and help one another with ongoing research on literary, political, cultural, economic, and legal topics. Work ranges from medieval to modern, and across England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and their colonial and cultural relatives. The IBIS colloquium bring together faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows from a range of departments, including Art History, Comparative Literature, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology.   This interdisciplinary research colloquium offers a comfortable environment for graduate students to present work-in-progress on any aspect of British or Irish culture. Graduate student presentations—of article drafts, dissertation proposals or chapters, and ideas in progress—are our first priority. We also invite members of USC's faculty and scholars from other institutions to participate and present work-in-progress. Sessions feature a precirculated paper, talk or panel discussion.

In 2010-11, the IBIS colloquium was run by Lindsay O'Neill (IBIS postdoctoral fellow, History), with assistance from Penny Geng (PhD candidate, English). The colloquium meets, depending on participants' schedules, once a month on Thursday afternoon in USC's Doheny Library. Sessions are open to all.  



2010 Fall Schedule

09/30: Lindsay O’Neill, USC Department of History, “The Sociability of Letters: Epistolary Networks & the British Elite, 1660-1760.”

10/2: Penelope Geng, USC Department of English, “Post-Mortem: Elizabethan Literature on the Murder of George Sanders.”

11/18: Mary Traester, USC Comparative Literature, "Yeats’s Melancholy."

12/02: Tiffany Werth, Simon Fraser University, Department of English, “A Heart of Stone: The Ungodly in Early Modern England.”

2011 Spring Schedule
01/20: Rebecca Lemon, USC Department of English, "Shakespeare's Richard II and Elizabethan Politics."

02/24: Keith Pluymers, USC Department of History, “Cultivating Curiosity in Seventeenth-Century Gardens”