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Marvell and the Power of the Sword

Date & Time:
September 27, 2016 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
BI 561
Dr. Feisal Mohamed, The City University of New York

Calgary Institute for the Humanities and The Department of English present a talk by Dr. Feisal Mohamed: Marvell and the Power of the Sword


The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow & all are welcome.


Abstract: Andrew Marvell has recently been described as a "chameleon" blending into rapidly shifting political landscapes of England's seventeenth century. While that account is apt, this talk will explore some of the consistencies in his approach to political life, with its debts to the period's raison d'état literature. Early and late, under crown and commonwealth, we find Marvell taking a dim view of politics, and especially of the ever-present threat of authoritarian exercise of the power of the sword.


Bio: Feisal G. Mohamed is professor of English at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Among his books are Milton and Post-Secular Present (Stanford UP, 2011), which received the Milton Society of America's Hanford Award for a distinguished monograph; and A New Deal for the Humanities: Liberal Arts and the Future of Public Higher Education (Rutgers UP, 2016), edited with Gordon Hutner. In addition to academic venues, his work has appeared in Dissent Magazine, The Huffington Post, The New Republic, and The New York Times.

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