Library Lecture 1: Dreaming of the Beloved: with Constant and Maryna Mews

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Date(s) - 28/03/2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

O'Connor / Pilkington Rooms


Library Lecture 1: with Constant and Maryna Mews: Dreaming of the Beloved: Heloise in literature from the 18th century to the present. An illustrated lecture by Constant Mews with reading by Maryna Mews.

Why has the figure of Heloise generated such interest since the 18th century? This presentation explores the range of ways she has been imagined in English literature, beginning with an enormously popular translation by John Hughes in 1713. This was followed by Alexander Pope’s Eloisa to Abelard, a poem widely imitated in the eighteenth century. The paper looks at how poets and novelists have perceived  Heloise, as one who, within the constraints of religious life, dreams about her lover, Peter Abelard. The talk concludes by looking at various 20th-century presentations of Heloise in literature, notably by Helen Waddell as well as some more recent efforts.


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