RECORDING: Book at Lunchtime: Imitating Authors

On Wednesday 19 February, Professor Colin Burrow, in conversation with Professor Wes Williams, Dr Kathryn Murphy and Professor Stephen Halliwell, discussed his recent book, Imitating Authors

Esteemed scholar and literary critic Colin Burrow presents a fascinating account of how authors from the earliest stages of Western literature to the present day have imitated each other. His book covers an impressive range of writers including Plato, Virgil, Lucretius, Petrarch, Cervantes, Ben Jonson, Milton, Pope, Wordsworth, Mary Shelley, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Burrow offers clear explanations of difficult concepts and complex histories and explains key concepts which enabled classical texts to have an influence on later writing and brings the discussion up to date by studying contemporary fictions about clones and imitation human beings and the future of imitation.


Book at Lunchtime is a series of bite-sized book discussions held fortnightly during term-time, with commentators from a range of disciplines. The events are free to attend and open to all.