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"Muckworm Wordlings, Scarlet Stains and Glorious Lovers: the Varieties and Uses of Dissenting Verse, 1600-1700," George Southcombe, Oxford University.The lecture examines the ways in which those who dissented from the Church of England sought to use poetry in late seventeenth-century England. It stresses that verse was used as a form of political action and as a way of strengthening nonconformist communities. It also points to some of the more surprising features of dissenting poetry, including its robust, satirical humour and its engagement with libertinism.Southcombe is a lecturer in Early Modern History at Brasenose and St. John’s Colleges, Oxford University. His research interests focuses on the religion, politics, and literature of early modern England. He has a particular interst in late seventeenth-century religious nonconformity, and he is currently investigating the uses dissenters made of historical writing in polemical debates. He has published on Restoration poetry, co-authored an article on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew in its historical context, and sought to explain how early modern literature can be read historically. His current co-authored book Restoration Politics, Religion and Culture focuses on key themes in Restoration history in Britain and Ireland from 1660-1714 using artistic and literary sources as well as more traditional texts of political history to illustrate and illuminate arguments.
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