Sir Walter Ralegh: A Quadricentennial Symposium

Sir Walter Ralegh: A Quadricentennial Symposium
29 October 2018, 10.00am - 3.00pm
Conference / Symposium
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

On the 29th October 1618, the great Elizabethan courtier, explorer, and author, Sir Walter Ralegh was executed at Old Palace Yard in the City of Westminster. To mark the 400th anniversary of this event, a special symposium on Ralegh’s life and writing will be hosted at Senate House by The Institute of English Studies as part of the events programme of the History of Books and Reading (HOBAR) research collaboration at The Open University.  

This free event will include talks by Ralegh’s most recent biographer Anna Beer, author of the acclaimed Patriot or Traitor: The Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh (Bloomsbury), and by other leading early modern scholars.  Bibliographically Ralegh’s oeuvre is complicated and a main focus of the symposium will be a reconsideration of the textual situation, with the presentation of new manuscript evidence. We will also aim to identify important areas of emphasis for a proposed new edition of Ralegh’s works, focusing both on innovations in bibliography and history of the book as they relate to Ralegh and wider issues in cultural history. 

Speakers: Carlo Bajetta (Valle d’Aosta), Catherine Bates (Warwick University) Anna Beer (Kellogg College, Oxford), Kate Bennett (Magdalen College, Oxford), Jonathan Gibson (The Open University)

Organisers: Carlo Bajetta (Valle d’Aosta), Jonathan Gibson (The Open University), Teresa Grant (Warwick University)


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