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Vassiliki Markidou, ‘The uses of (dis)remembering in early modern autobiographical verse’

14 November, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Prof. Vassiliki Markidou of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens will be giving a paper entitled ‘The uses of (dis)remembering in early modern autobiographical verse: “The Memorandum of Martha Moulsworth, Widow”‘.
Vassiliki Markidou is Assistant Professor in English Literature and Culture at the Department of English Language and Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her research interests lie in 16th, 17th and 18th century English literature as well as travel literature, and she has published on writers including William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, George Gascoigne, Aemilia Layner, Lady Hester Stanhope, and Anna Laeticia Barbauld. She has co-edited (with Alison Findlay) a volume entitled Shakespeare and Greece (Arden, 2017) and (with Apostolos Lampropoulos) a special issue of the journal Synthesis entitled ‘Configurations of Cultural Amnesia’. The topic of her lecture, ‘The Memorandum of Martha Moulsworth, Widow’, is an important example of early modern verse women’s life writing in which Moulsworth outlines her birth, three marriages, and decision to avoid a fourth.
There is also an opportunity to join the speaker for dinner at a local restaurant on the Thursday evening. Those interested should email scems@sheffield.ac.uk.

The day before her paper (Wednesday 13 November) at 3pm, Prof. Markidou will be giving a masterclass:
Venue: HRI Seminar Room
On Wednesday 13 November (note change from usual day), Prof. Markidou will be leading a masterclass entitled ‘Memory and Forgetting in Isabella Whitney’s “Last Wyll and Testament”‘. Whitney was a trail-blazing female writer of Elizabethan England, and her ‘Wyll’ has been described by Danielle Clarke as ‘an innovative and powerful piece of writing which conveys the flavour of sixteenth-century London’ and its ‘relentless mercantilism’. Places are free and open to staff and students. If you are a member of staff, please e-mail the SCEMS co-ordinator to be added to the reserve list; if you are a student please register via this link.

About the Visiting Speaker Series:
The Visiting Speaker Series is organised by Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies with sponsorship from the Humanities Research Institute and different departments in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. It is an interdisciplinary series and in addition to the evening lecture, speakers are invited to give a masterclass exploring an aspect of their work or methodology.


14 November, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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