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Victoria College, 73 Queen's Park Crescent, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K7
2017 Erasmus Lecture: Anne Coldiron
October 5 at 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm
Anne Coldiron is the Berry Chair in English Literature at the University of St Andrews (Scotland), where she specializes in late-medieval and Renaissance literature, with an emphasis on translation, early printing, French-English literary relations, poetry and poetics.
Her first book issues a strong challenge to traditional literary periodization and canons by examining the large, tri-lingual oeuvre of a 15th-century French poet, Charles of Orleans. Her second book, English Printing, Verse Translation, and the Battle of the Sexes, 1476-1557 (2009), treats popular verse translations of French gender discourses that appeared in the formative early decades of printing in England. Her new book, Printers Without Borders (Cambridge UP, 2015), studies the early English printers’ and translators’ complex, resistant appropriations of foreign texts.
Coldiron has held two NEH research fellowships, in 1998-1999 and in 2010. She held a Folger Shakespeare Library long-term fellowship in 2011. She has won Folger short-term fellowships and an ATLAS grant, and in 2002-3 she was a Kluge fellow in the Library of Congress.
Coldiron’s invited lectures include the Library of Congress (DC); Oxford University (UK), the NIDA Institute’s Translation Studies Research Symposium (New York), the Folger Shakespeare Library (DC), the University of Connecticut, the Université de Paris, the CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique) of France; University of Pennsylvania; and UCLA.
In 2014-15 she served as Director of the Year-Long Colloquium in Renaissance/Early Modern Translation at the Folger Institute, Washington DC.
In Spring 2016, she worked as Visiting Distinguished Professor, University of St Andrews, Scotland. In July 2016, she delivered a keynote lecture at the international SHARP conference in Paris. (LINK: Languages of the Book: Keynote Speakers) Fall 2016 included a keynote lecture on Renaissance translators at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London (LINK: Translators and Printers in Renaissance Europe) and invited lectures at the University of Bristol and the University of York (UK). In January 2017 she presented the annual Hugh MacLean Lecture to the International Spenser Society.