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Early Modern English Reading Group (EMERG)

EMERG has been running two meetings every term in the Department of English Language and Literature since 2017.

In each meeting, we discuss a wide selection of extracts organised around a central theme, which we circulate in advance via our mailing list. Discussion is lively and informal; previous topics have included stones & statues, dreams, letters & letter-writing, gardens, insects, fake news and the female mind. All staff and students with an interest in the literature and history of the Renaissance in England and beyond are warmly invited to attend.

Please direct any questions or queries towards the Reading Group's organisers, Fraser McIlwraith (fraser.mcilwraith.15@ucl.ac.uk) and Kate Kinley (catherine.kinley.19@ucl.ac.uk). 

EMERG term 1 poster

Term 1 2021-2022 Schedule

Walter Raleigh, 'The Ocean to Cynthia' - 3rd November 2021 (Foster Court 239, 5pm, in person)

The first meeting will be on Walter Raleigh's elegy, 'The Ocean to Cynthia', and will be led by Dr Eric Langley (UCL English Language and Literature).

Thomas Nashe, 'To the gentlemen students of both universities' - 8th December 2021 (Foster Court 239, 5pm, in person)

We will discuss Thomas Nashe's bizarre, kaleidoscopic 1589 prose work 'To the Gentlemen Students of Both Universities' (also known as the 'Preface to Menaphon'). Dr Chris Stamatakis (UCL English Language and Literature) has kindly offered to lead the session.

Edmund Spenser, Muiopotmos: Or, The Fate of the Butterfly - 1st February 2022 (Foster Court 239, 5pm, in person)

In this meeting, we will read Edmund Spenser's marvellous, short 1590 poem Muiopotmos.

2020-2021 Schedule