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Eglish Department Lecture by Lieke Stelling,University of Utrecht, Thursday 13 June at 17:00, P.C. Hoofthuis 1.04, Spuistraat 134.

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Date 13 June 2019
Time 17:00 - 00:00

This talk will introduce Lieke Stelling’s new monograph (CUP, 2019), which suggests that the emergence of the Elizabethan theatre marked a profound shift in the way in which religious conversion was presented. If medieval drama had encouraged conversion without reservation, early Elizabethan plays started to question it. This study argues that more so than any other medium, early modern drama engaged with the question of the possibility of undergoing a radical transformation in faith and presented the period’s understanding of it as fundamentally unsettled. Offering the first crossreligious exploration of conversion in early modern English drama, and presenting a new reading of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, the study reveals telling patterns in the stage’s treatment of conversion and religious identity.

All UvA students, staff and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Dr Lieke Stelling has taught English Literature at the University of Utrecht since 2015. Her research interests include sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature, Shakespeare, religious conversion, and humour and jestbooks. Lieke’s first monograph is Religious Conversion in Early Modern English Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Her new book project is tentatively titled, “Faith in Jest: Humour and the Literature of the English Reformation,” and focuses on inclusive and tension-relieving aspects of humour in relation to religious conflict and anxiety. This project was awarded a Veni grant by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in 2016. A related project, on jest books, was supported by a fellowship from the Huntington Library in 2018. She also is co-editor of The Turn of the Soul: Representations of Religious Conversion in Early Modern Art and Literature (Brill, 2012), and her articles have appeared in English Literary Renaissance and Shakespeare Jahrbuch. Lieke is a research affiliate with the Early Modern Conversions project at McGill, and a member of the Utrecht Young Academy