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2019 Classes Without Quizzes

1600: When Science, Art, and Literature Changed Together

With Roland Greene, Director of the Stanford Humanities Center

The European and transatlantic world saw a considerable number of changes after 1600: in politics and society, in technology, in the arts, and in the general state of knowledge. The struggles of writers to capture these changes in fiction—how it felt to be alive in such a tumultuous moment—produced works such as Don Quixote and Hamlet. How does an understanding of seventeenth-century culture help us understand the present?

A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

About the Speaker

Roland Greene is the Director of the Stanford Humanities Center, holding the Anthony P. Meier Family Professorship in the Humanities. He is also the Mark Pigott KBE Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and is professor of English and comparative literature. His research and teaching are concerned with the early modern literatures of England, Latin Europe, and the transatlantic world, and with poetry and poetics from the Renaissance to the present. He is a past president of the Modern Language Association and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also the founder and director of Arcade, a digital salon for literary studies and the humanities. He is the author of several books, including Five Words: Critical Semantics in the Age of Shakespeare and Cervantes (2013).

Classes Without Quizzes is organized by the Stanford Alumni Association. Members of the Stanford community are invited to listen to Stanford faculty delve into the humanities or other hot topics, such as climate change, technology, AI, and more.




Thursday, October 24, 2019. 03:30 PM


Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street


Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford Humanities Center



Free | RSVP