Past Clark Lectures

1888Sir Leslie StephenEnglish Literature
1889Sir Edmund GosseThe poetry of the second quarter of the eighteenth century; Literary criticism of the age of Queen Anne; The development of naturalism in English poetry 1780-1820
1890John Wesley HalesThe Elizabethan period with special reference to Spenser and Shakespeare
1893Edward DowdenInaugural - The sentimental movement - The Romantic movement - Revivals of the past - Naturalism as opposed to romance - The political movement
1894Edward DowdenThe French Revolution and English Literature
1895Edward DowdenElizabethan literature - Puritanism in English Literature
1897Duncan Crookes ToveyThe structure of Shakespeare’s plays in special connexion with their sources
1898Duncan Crookes ToveySome English historical plays of Shakespeare
1898Walter RaleighLetter writers - Milton and his age - Courtesy literature
1900Henry Charles BeechingThe history of lyrical poetry in England
1900Alfred AingerChaucer
1901Alfred AingerShakespeare as a humorist
1902Sir Sidney LeeForeign influences on Elizabethan Literature
1902Barrett WendellThe literary history of England in the seventeenth century
1904Frederick Samuel BoasThe academic drama
1906Alexandre BeljameShakespeare as criticised in France from the time of Voltaire
1907William EverettThe English orators of the eighteenth century
1909Arthur Woollgar VerrallThe Victorian poets
1911Walter RaleighThe prose writers of the Romantic revival
1912William Paton KerrChaucer
1914Adolphus Alfred JackChaucer
1915Adolphus Alfred JackSpenser
1921John C.ann BaileyLife and art in English poetry
1922Walter John de la MareThe art of fiction
1923Lascelles AbercrombieThe idea of great poetry
1925John Middleton MurrayKeats and Shakespeare
1926Thomas Stearns EliotThe metaphysical poetry of the 17th century
1927Edward Morgan ForsterAspects of the novel
1928André MauroisAspects of modern biography
1929Desmond MacCarthyByron
1930Herbert Edward ReadWordsworth
1930Harley Granville-BarkerDramatic method
1932Edmund BlundenCharles Lamb and his contemporaries
1934George Stuart GordonShakespearean comedy
1935Ernest de SelincourtWordsworth
1936R. W. ChambersEnglish prose from Chaucer to Raleigh
1936John Dover Wilson[resigned]
1937Herbert GriersonSome of Shakespeare’s tragedies considered in relation to their sources and to one another
1938Harold NicolsonSome types of English biography
1939Sir Walter Wilson GregThe editorial problem in Shakespeare
1940Etienne Henry Gilson[resigned]
1941George Malcolm YoungReligious and social ideas in nineteenth-century literature from Wordsworth to William Morris
1942Lord David CecilThomas Hardy, the novelist: a critical appreciation
1943John Dover WilsonThe fortunes of Falstaff
1944Clive Staples LewisStudies in sixteenth-century literature
1945Raymond MortimerFive dissident Victorians
1946Cecil Day LewisThe poetic image
1947Henry Buckley CharltonShakespearean tragedy
1948Etienne Henry Gilson[resigned]
1948Robert William ChapmanJane Austen: facts and problems
1948D. Nicol SmithJohn Dryden of Trinity College
1949Helen DarbishireThe poet Wordsworth
1951Frank Percy WilsonMarlowe and the early Shakespeare
1952Arthur Humphry HouseColeridge
1953Bonamy DobréeThe broken cistern: public themes in poetry
1953George Macaulay TrevelyanA layman's love of letters
1954Robert von Ranke GravesThe crowning privilege: professional standards in English poetry
1956James Runcieman SutherlandEnglish satirists
1956Arthur Joyce Lunel Cary (read by R.M. Ogilvie)Art and reality
1958Veronica WedgwoodPoetry and politics under the Stuarts
1959Nevill CoghillShakespeare's "know-how" as a maker of plays: studies in Shakespearean dramaturgy
1960E. M. W. TillyardSome mythical elements in English literature
1960Sir Robert BirleySunk without a trace: some forgotten masterpieces considered
1962George Wilson KnightBritish drama
1963Louis MacNeiceVarieties of parable
1964Leslie Poles HartleyNathaniel Hawthorne
1965John Hanbury AngusMark Pattison and the idea of a university
1966Stephen Harold SpenderAspects of British and American imagination since 1945
1967Frank Raymond LeavisEnglish literature in our time
1968Muriel Clara BradbrookShakespeare the craftsman
1969Victor Sawdon PritchettMeredith in the English comic tradition
1970Anthony Powell[resigned]
1971Lionel Charles KnightsLiterature and politics in the seventeenth century
1972Denis Wyatt HardingForm and uses of rhythm in English Literature
1973Frank Templeton PrinceMakers and materials : the poetry of Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Yeats, and Eliot
1974William EmpsonThe progress of criticism
1975Ivor Armstrong RichardsThe eye and ear in reading poetry: some futures for criticism
1976Jacob Bronowski[died]
1977Donald Alfred DavieThe literature of dissent 1700-1930: the non-conformist contribution to English culture
1978David Towry PiperPoets and their portraits
1980Tom StoppardThe text and the event
1982Charles TomlinsonPoetry and metamorphosis
1983Geoffrey H. HartmanThe poetical character: four studies
1984Dr Jonathan MillerLimited visibilities, or the mind's eye
1985C. Henry GiffordPoetry in a divided world
1986Geoffrey HillThe enemy's country
1987Richard RortyIrony and solidarity
1988Jerome McGannToward a literature of knowledge
1989Barbara EverettGetting things wrong: tragi-comic Shakespeare
1990Toni MorrisonStudies in American Africanism
1991Christopher RicksVictorian lives: aftersight and foresight
1992Sir William Golding[resigned]
1992Derek Walcott[resigned]
1993Bernard WilliamsThree models of truthfulness
1994V. A. (Del) KolveThe God-denying fool in medieval art and drama
1995Alison LurieThe Children's Books of John Masefield
1996Stephen OrgellImagining Shakespeare
1997Donald McKenzieWilliam Congreve
1998Carlo GinzburgNo island is an island: four glances at English literature in world perspective
1999John HollanderThe substance of shadow: a darkening trope in poetic history
2000Sir Peter HallExposed by the mask: four lectures on form in drama
2001Helen VendlerPoets thinking: Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats
2002Adrienne RichSix meditations in place of a lecture; poetry reading with commentary
2003Anne BartonThe Shakespearean Forest
2004Peter BrownTreasures in Heaven: Religious giving in late Antiquity
2005Rowan WilliamsGrace, Necessity and Imagination: Catholic Philosophy and the Twentieth-Century Artist
2006Seamus HeaneyStance and Distance: A Reading with Commentary
2007Elaine ScarryImaging Colour
2007Frank KermodeSome Lesser-Known Aspects of E. M. Forster
2009Roy Foster‘Words Alone are Certain Good’: Literature, Nationalism and Politics in nineteenth-century Ireland
2009Roger ChartierForms Affect Meaning
2011Susan WolfsonTemporal disjunctions: relating personal history
2012Quentin SkinnerShakesperean invention
2014Adam PhillipsBecoming Freud:
the Psychoanalyst and the Biographer
2015Paul MuldoonYeats and the Afterlife
2016Mary CarruthersThe Art of Invention
2017Alice OswaldFalling Awake: a Lecture-Reading
2018Anne Carson Stillness, Corners, The Chair (And A Dance)
2019Professor Andrew Cole Unmodernism
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2020Arundhati Roy The Graveyard Talks Back: Fiction in the Time of Fake News
2021Rita FelskiRemix: on literature and theory

Rita Felski will deliver the 2021 Clark Lectures - Remix: on literature and theory, at 5 p.m. on Thursdays 18 February, and 4, 11 and 18 March, via Zoom webinar; lecture details and joining instructions:

18 February Remix
4 March On Recognition: Returning to Reims
11 March On Disclosure: Robert Walser
18 March On Resonance: Stoner and Theory

Rita Felski is the John Stewart Bryan Professor of English, University of Virginia, and Niels Bohr Professor, University of Southern Denmark

This lecture series will take place via Zoom webinars. There is no need to register in advance.

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