The Return of the King: The Faces of Jacobite Poetry in Manuscript
Thu October 24th 2013, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Seminar on Enlightenment and Revolution 1660–1830, a Stanford Humanities Center Research Workshop in Honor of John Bender
Stanford Humanities Center, Watt Room
Presenter: Claude Willan, Ph.D. Candidate, English
In this talk, English Ph.D. candidate Claude Willan explores the extent and the character of Jacobite poetry in manuscript between 1689 and 1745. More than half of these poems, which agitated for the return of the house of Stuart to the throne of England or Britain, were circulated in manuscript and have never been printed. The poetic remnants of this vibrant culture are now scattered across the archives of libraries in the US and the UK. Willan’s research shows how Jacobite poetry circulated, among whom, how Jacobite poets tailored their work specifically to manuscript, and how the forms of these covertly circulated poems reflect the emotional and political experiences of daily Jacobite life.
Refreshments will be provided.