The annual Blackwell-Bristol Lectures 2013 will this year be given by Mark Vessey, Professor of English at University of British Columbia. Professor Vessey's research interests include Jerome, Augustine and Latin late antiquity; Erasmus and the literary Renaissance; classical and Christian traditions in European literature.
No other city has written its name across time, space, language and culture like Rome. Configured in the late republican and Augustan eras and updated as required in the early Empire, the signifying codes of an assimilative and multi-ethnic Romanity were comprehensively revised by emperors, artists and ideologues of late antiquity in both East and West. At the same time, they were converted to the ends of a Christian universalism that transcended the limits of Rome's empire.
These lectures explore the process as it unfolded in the Latin West in the generation of Jerome and Augustine, and reflect upon its implications in the scriptures/literatures of European, western and global romance, romanticism, and post-romanticism.
Four lectures will take place:
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