Book at Lunchtime: Imitating Authors

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Join us for the TORCH Book at Lunchtime event on Imitating Authors by Professor Colin Burrow. The event will begin with a free lunch at 12:30pm, with the discussion 1pm-2pm.

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.


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About the book:

Colin Burrow gives us an original literary history of imitation from an esteemed scholar and literary critic and a fascinating account of how authors from the earliest stages of Western literature to the present day have imitated each other. This 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.


Panel includes:

Kathryn Murphy

Stephen Halliwell

Wes Williams