SEM: 16/04/2021, Peter Auger, “Beyond influence in Du bartas’s Reception history”, 5.00 pm

The fourth session of the Paris Early Modern Seminar (PEMS) for 2021 will be held online on April 16, 2021, from 5.30 to 7pm (Paris time).  

Peter Auger (University of Birmingham):  

“Beyond Influence in Du Bartas’ Reception History” 


It is easy, too easy, to talk about the widespread influence of Guillaume de Saluste Du Bartas’ poetry on late sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English and Scottish literature. The term ‘influence’ is good for generalizing about how continental culture travelled westwards across the Channel during the Renaissance. When we consider specific examples of how writers encountered Du Bartas’ poetry, however, we find that his reception was more transnational, multilingual and context-specific than that overview allows. This paper examines James VI and I’s and Anne Bradstreet’s engagement with Du Bartas to show how we might move beyond influence to emphasize how local circumstances shaped how individuals read a poet like Du Bartas.


Peter Auger is a Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at the University of Birmingham. His first monograph, Du Bartas’ Legacy in England and Scotland, was published in 2019. He continues to work on Franco-British literary relations, and has published shorter pieces on topics including literary reception, translation and imitation practices, the history of reading, transnational and comparative literature, women’s writing, manuscript studies, epic and religious poetry, language learning, and cultural diplomacy. With Sheldon Brammall, he is currently co-editing an essay collection called Multilingual Practices in Early Modern Literary Culture

Respondent: Laïla Ghermani (Université Paris Nanterre) 

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