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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SEM 26/03/21: J. Raymond, “Speaking, writing, printing the news in early modern Europe”, 5.30 pm


The third session of the Paris Early Modern Seminar (PEMS) for 2021 will be held online on March 26, 2021, from 5.30 to 7pm (Paris time):

Joad Raymond (Queen Mary University of London): “Speaking, writing, printing the news in early modern Europe”


In this paper I consider (one last time) the interrelations among voice, writing and printing in early modern Europe, and propose that we move from discussions of relative influence and instead consider patterns of interactivity and complementarity among the three. I shall do this by looking at the points at which news moved from one mode to another (or others), and the places where this happened.


Joad Raymond is a Welsh academic and writer, and Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London. He is the author and editor of twelve books about sixteenth-and seventeenth-century literature and history, especially the history of news in Europe. He is presently completing a book provisionally entitled The News in Europe (for Penguin books), and editing Milton’s Latin Prose for the Oxford edition of the Complete Works of John Milton. He collaborates with other London musicians under the name ‘The Unattached’, and is presently completing an album of songs about dead dogs.

Respondent: Lynn S. Meskill (Université de Paris)