New material on Marvell’s ‘Horatian Ode’ excites me more than any other subject, I would wager. It is one of the iconic poems upon which every Marvellian faces his or her own judgement day. … More Reading the Small Print: Marvell’s Horatian Ode
A defence of Nigel Smith’s ‘The Chameleon’, the new biography of the seventeenth-century poet and politican, Andrew Marvell. … More Karma Chameleon: A Defence of Nigel Smith’s Biography of Andrew Marvell
A poem of inexperience gone wrong, or experience writ large? Thoughts on Andrew Marvell’s ‘seduction’ poem, ‘To His Coy Mistress’. … More ‘To His Coy Mistress’? To Her Coy Master
A summary of research activity from January-March 2011. This features a lecture by Nigel Smith at the Andrew Marvell Centre in Hull; a teaching event at the University of York; and the biannual British Milton Seminar at Birmingham Central Library.
Hypocrisy often challenges us because it is flagrantly public. So what of Andrew Marvell’s satire on Tom May, who switched his allegiances to Parliament? … More Public Hypocrites and Private Anger: Tom May’s Death
Today I am presenting ‘Marvell in Manuscript and Print, 1649-1665’ at the English Postgraduate Forum in Leicester. Thoughts here on storytelling and expanding frontiers. … More Marvell in Manuscript and Print
Both professionally and personally, privacy has been a daunting and fascinating topic over the past two weeks. A paper entitled ‘Denying Authorship: Marvell, Maniban and the Quest for Privacy’ was given in Geneva, followed by ‘Marvell in Manuscript and Print: Public and Private Experiences, 1649-1660’ at the University of Hull. … More Presenting Privacy: Marvell and London