What happened to John Milton’s hair?


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If you’ve read about the centuries-old practice of literary tourism, then you are probably aware of things like necrotourism and the fetishization of authors’ physical remains. But are you aware that these remains might become the subjects of literary compositions themselves? The Department of English Language and Literature at UWaterloo invites you to find out more, by attending the first talk in our 2015-2016 speakers series, “Milton’s Hair: A (Long) Eighteenth-Century Entanglement,” by Dr. Jayne Lewis. The talk will take place next Friday, September 25, at 4:00 in PAS 2438.

Jayne Lewis is Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine and the author, most recently, of Air’s Appearance: Literary Atmosphere in British Fiction (Chicago, 2012). Her talk will explore later writers’ “entanglement” with the image, idea, and biomaterial of John Milton’s hair, including preserved locks, sonnets written about them, and the gruesome disinterment of Milton’s remains at St. Giles church, Cripplegate some hundred years after his death.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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