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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

How To Lose Friends And Influence People: John Dryden and the Art of Insulting Other People’s Translations

8th September 2010, 17:30 to 19:00, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Katherine Heavey

Over the course of his prolific career, Poet Laureate John Dryden demonstrated an enthusiastic commitment to translating Greek and Latin classics. No less enthusiastic, however, was Dryden's interest in attacking or belittling the efforts of his rival translators. This lecture will highlight some of the translators and translations that Dryden attacked most scathingly, and will consider these works against his own theories of translation and his attempts at translating the same texts. Often stemming from professional rivalry as much as from Dryden's beliefs about the practice of translation, his influential and vitriolic attacks reveal much about literary circles and authorial interaction in Restoration England.

The Durham Late Summer Lecture Series is designed to showcase postgraduate research in the Department of English Studies to a general audience from both within and outside of the university, and to offer PhD students and post-docs in the Department of English Studies an opportunity for lecturing and aims to provide valuable experience for later job applications.

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Research in English At Durham (READ) blog showcasing the the literary research emerging from the Department of English Studies


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