Authors on the Hill Presents: Professor Melissa Shoenberger

Monday, October 21, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Levis Browsing Room, join Professor Melissa Schoenberger for a reading and discussion of her recent publication, “Cultivating Peace: The Virgilian Georgic in English, 1650-1750.”

“During the decades following the English civil wars, British poets seeking to make sense of lingering political instabilities turned to Virgil’s Georgics. This ancient poem betrays deep
ambivalences about war, political power, and empire, and such poets as Andrew Marvell, John Dryden, and Anne Finch found in these attitudes valuable ways of responding to the
uncertainties of their own time. Composed during a period of brutal conflict in Rome, Virgil’s agricultural poem distrusts easy stability, urging its readers to understand that lasting peace must be sowed, tended, reaped, and replanted, year after year. Like the ancient poet, who famously depicted a farmer’s scythe suddenly recast as a sword, the poets discussed in Cultivating Peace imagine states of peace and war to be fundamentally and materially linked. In distinct ways, they dismantle the dream of the golden age renewed, proposing instead that peace must be sustained by constant labor.

Published by Bucknell University Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press.” https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/cultivating-peace/9781684480470

This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Levis Browsing Room of Dinand Library. Light refreshments will be served. For questions, contact Outreach Librarian Laura Wilson at llwilson@holycross.edu, or at 508-793-3886.

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