Early Modern Literature and the Anthropocene


In this research seminar hosted by the University of Sydney's Early Modern Literature and Culture group (EMLAC), five scholars based in Australia present research about the Anthropocene and its relation to literature of the early modern period. There is a Q&A session after the third paper, and a second Q&A after the last paper. A sixth paper (on Milton & Paradise Lost) was circulated to attendees by Dr Bev Sherry (University of Sydney) who was unable to attend in person. The speakers in order are: 

Chair, Ruby Kilroy (University of Sydney) 

1. Victoria Bladen (University of Queensland): 'The Tree of Life and Arboreal Aesthetics'. 

2. Claire Hansen (James Cook University, Townsville): 'Reef, seabed and shipwreck: blue spatial imaginaries and oceanic entanglements in Shakespeare'.

3. Killian Quigley (Australian Catholic University, Melbourne): 'The Vast Unseen Mansions of the Deep: Submerged Poetics, 1600-1820'.

4. John Severn (Macquarie University): 'The engagement with the natural world in Antonio Salieri's and Otto Nicolai's operatic adaptions of 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'. 

5. Liam Semler (University of Sydney): 'Introducing the new University of Sydney Unit of Study SLAM 4003: Meaning in the Anthropocene'.