Saturday, March 25 at 10:00am
Huntington Library, Seaver Classroom 3 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA
"Instructive Nymphs: Andrew Marvell on Pedagogy and Puberty"
Remarkable for his linguistic abilities, Andrew Marvell was acquainted with the humanist classical curriculum and the standard methods of contemporary pedagogy from both sides of the teacher-student relationship. This paper examines Marvell’s critical interrogation of gender and desire from within the discursive and institutional parameters of his classicism while showing that the way he repurposes ancient precursors requires us to think carefully about the overlap between Marvell’s critique of erotic life and non-normative psychoanalytic theory. At the same time, it examines why, contrary to contemporary expectation, Marvell engages with the ideology and practice of contemporary education by way of teachers who are not men, or even boys, but little girls.
Lynn Enterline is Nancy Perot Mulford Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. Her publications investigate the overlapping histories of rhetoric, affect, gender, and sexuality from the classical to the early modern periods. She is the author of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom: Rhetoric, Discipline, Emotion (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012); The Rhetoric of the Body from Ovid to Shakespeare (Cambridge UP, 2000); and The Tears of Narcissus: Melancholia and Masculinity in Early Modern Writing (Stanford UP, 1995).