Baylor University Hosts Authority on English Renaissance Literature for Reesing Lecture

April 5, 2013
Helen Wilcox, Ph.D.Helen Wilcox, Ph.D. photo courtesy of Bangor University.

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WACO, Texas (April 5, 2013) - Helen Wilcox, Ph.D., will be the guest lecturer for this year's John P. Reesing Lecture hosted by the English department in Baylor University's College of Arts & Sciences. The lecture is titled "'Comfortable Words:' The Book of Common Prayer and English Literature."

It will take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, in Room 101 of Carroll Science Hall, 1401 S. Fifth St. A reception will follow.

Wilcox is a professor of English at Bangor University in Wales, but she most recently taught as a guest professor at Columbia University's Barnard College in New York City. She is especially noted for her research on Renaissance and early modern English literature with emphasis on Shakespeare's tragicomedies, devotional writings of lyric poetry and women's writing of poetry and autobiographies.

"Those attending the Reesing Lecture will hear a world-renowned scholar of literature of the English Renaissance," said Robert Ray, Ph.D., professor of English at Baylor. "Helen Wilcox has published books and essays on William Shakespeare, John Donne, George Herbert and other writers of the 16th and 17th centuries. Her The English Poems of George Herbert was published by Cambridge University Press and is the best edition of these poetic works by this Anglican poet/priest of the 17th century."

He said the lecture "will examine the tremendous influence of this devotional and liturgical text formulated in the early days of the Church of England upon writers, such as Shakespeare, in the Renaissance, but she also will pursue this influence through succeeding centuries and modern writers."

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the English department by calling 254-710-1768.

by Brent Salter, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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