How Gardens Feel: The Natural History of Sensation in Spenser and Milton

CLUE+ and the Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emontion and Sensory Studies (ACCESS) cordially invite you to the lecture by Michael Schoenfeldt.

04/18/2018 | 3:30 PM

In this talk, Michael Schoenfeldt explores the relation between the environment and the sensation of pleasure in Spenser en Milton - the two greatest epic poets of early modern England. Spenser and Milton are fascinating because they repeatedly focus on the scrupulous calibration of physical sensatition with the environmental network. Schoenfeldt's focus is on pleasure, and, to a lesser degree, pain - sensations that are invariably the product of particular kinds of osmotic interaction between the individual and the environmnet. Schoenfeldt argues that Spenser is primarily concerned with how environments can pollute individuals. Milton, bu contrast, is more concerned with how individuals pollute environments. His great epic depicts, among many other thing, the first example of human-induced climate change.

Michael Schoenfeldt is John R. Knott, Jr. Collegiate Professor of English at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Bodies and selves in Early Modern England: Physiology and Inwardness in Spenser, Shakespeare, Herbert, and Milton (1999) and The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Poetry (2010). He is currently researching a book-length study of pain and pleasure in early modern England.

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