Stanford professor to give Summers Memorial Lecture

February 16, 2018 | Events, UToday, Arts and Letters
By Ashley Diel

Dr. Roland Greene, Mark Pigott KBE Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, will give the annual Richard M. Summers Memorial Lecture Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. in Libbey Hall.

His lecture, “Inceptions of the English Baroque: Donne and Milton,” will discuss instances of Baroque that are evident in literature from England — specifically John Donne’s love poetry and John Milton’s “Paradise Lost.”


The term Baroque is used to describe a prominent art culture that reigned from 1600 till 1750 and is strongly associated with Italian and French art and architecture. However, the term remains difficult to observe and define.

Greene is the author of four books, most recently “Five Words: Critical Semantics in the Age of Shakespeare and Cervantes,” and is editor of the fourth edition of the “Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.” He was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017.

He is also the founder and director of Arcade, a digital salon for literary studies and the humanities at

Greene received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and his PhD from Princeton University.

The free, public lecture will be followed by a reception.

The Richard M. Summers Memorial Lecture was established by Marie Summers to honor her son, a member of the UT Department of English from 1966 until his death in 1988. The lecture is designed to bring a distinguished literary scholar, critic or writer to the University.

For more information on the Summers Memorial Lecture, call the UT Department of English Language and Literature at 419.530.2318.

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