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Thought leadership

Leverhulme Fellowship awarded to Dr Kathryn Banks

(16 May 2012)

for the project ‘Literature, Prophecy and Apocalypse in France, 1532-1628’...

 Dr Kathryn Banks, Scool of Modern Languages and Cultures and IMRS member, has been awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship for 2013.

Intense apocalyptic expectation was generated by the religious movements in the period of the Reformation. Meanwhile, poetic prophecy (the idea that literary writers were divinely inspired and their utterances prophetic) had been reinvigorated during the Renaissance. This project is innovative in considering these developments together, utilizing insights from literature, history, and theology. First, it reassesses sixteenth-century apocalyptic thinking by revealing the distinctive contribution made to it by literature. Second, it demonstrates that apocalyptic and prophecy played a significant role in shaping literary texts and concepts of literary creation, and argues that this has implications for our modern conception of literature.