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Preaching to the Choir: A Sceptical Look at Carthusian Transmission of Vernacular Spiritual Writing

9th March 2019, 16:00 to 17:00, Senate Suite, University College, Professor Vincent Gillespie (Oxford)

The first of a series of annual lectures in memory of Ian Doyle. With Professor Vincent Gillespie, J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English Literature and Language and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

This lecture will explore the public role of the Carthusians in the transmission of medieval English spiritual texts, a subject that has been much debated. In 1981 Ian Doyle warned that ‘there is...some danger that the prominence of the order in this field of literature may become an unanalysed truism’. Taking this caution to heart, this lecture will sceptically reassess the evidence for the impact and reach of Carthusian literary activities.

Tea will be served from 3pm. The lecture will be followed by drinks.

Professor Vincent Gillespie is J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English Literature and Language and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He has particular interests in the contemporary textual, social and intellectual environment of literature, as well as in the psychology of literary response. His publications span contemplative writing, vernacular theology and history of the book.

This is the first of a series of annual lectures in memory of Ian Doyle. It has been generously funded by University College and the Department of English Studies.

Contact c.j.saunders@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


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