Publication of the Ernst Robert Curtius Lecture with Prof. Nigel Smith on Youtube

On December 18th, 2023, Prof. Nigel Smith (Princeton University) held the 12th Ernst Robert Curtius Lecture under the title “Is Poetry Political Thought?”, which was followed by a workshop the next day. Nigel Smith, Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature at Princeton University. Smith’s major works include Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon (Yale UP, 2010), Is Milton better than Shakespeare? (Harvard UP, 2008), Literature and Revolution in England, 1640-1660 (Yale UP, 1994) and Perfection Proclaimed: Language and Literature in English Radical Religion 1640-1660 (Oxford UP, 1989). He has edited the Journal of George Fox (Penguin, 1998), the Ranter pamphlets (1983; rev. edn. Pluto Press, 2014) and co-edited the Oxford Handbook to Milton (2009) with Nicholas McDowell. His work Polyglot Poetics: Transnational Early Modern Literature (Princeton University Press) is shortly forthcoming, followed by Ratios of Adjustment: An Early Modern Global Poetics and a general study of poetry as political thought. Smith also studies, writes, performs and records songs with ‘The Unheard Melodies Project’ and ‘Second Flea’.