20th January 2020 by

Page Breaks (29 Jan): ‘Dialogue between Old England and New’, with Peter Auger

In this new series for Page Breaks, we’ve asked other members of staff to bring in passages they’re puzzling over at the moment in their own research. We’ll be using the sessions for members of staff to discuss their work in its very first stages – when they’re still at the stage of asking questions of texts.

Our guest seminar leader this week will be Dr Peter Auger, who would like to discuss Anne Bradstreet’s ‘Dialogue between Old England and New‘.

Peter writes: “I’m curious to know what others’ impressions are of the text, and whether there are aspects of the various gender, political, and transatlantic dynamics that intrigue or provoke. Aspects that people might think about are thinking about include: its place as among the earliest poetry from what’s now the United States (in what ways is it American?), the mother-daughter relationship of the two speakers, the use of English history, and how Bradstreet uses poetry to write about contemporary politics.”

Peter’s asked that we focus on the beginning and end of the extract, and he’s particularly interested to hear our first impressions of the piece.

Printed copies of the Bradstreet material is now outside Toria’s office (Arts 135).

Time and Place

  • Wed 29 Jan, 1-2 pm
  • Location: Arts 439 (Shackleton Room)

This event is run by Toria Johnson (T.Johnson@bham.ac.uk). Please email Toria if you have any questions, but you’re welcome to just turn up – no need to register in advance!