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Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Brian Cummings, “Grammar and Grace Revisited” (Seminar for Faculty and Graduate Students)

February 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Distinguished Visiting Scholar Brian Cummings will lead a seminar for faculty and graduate students entitled “Grammar and Grace Revisited”. This two-hour seminar revisits his influential study, The Literary Culture of the Reformation: Grammar and Grace (Oxford University Press, 2002) by way of a discussion focused on Chapter 4, “Erasmus contra Luther” (pp. 144-83), the required reading for seminar participants, with reference to the larger context of the discussion of Luther and Erasmus in Part One, “Humanism and Theology in Northern Europe 1512-1527” (recommended reading, pp. 55-183). An electronic text of this book is available through the University of Toronto Library site.

Registration is required. To register please contact the CRRS at

Professor Cummings will also offer a public lecture, “Shakespeare and the Reformation”, on 13 February 2014.

Brian Cummings is Anniversary Professor at the University of York in the Department of English and Related Literature. He works on Renaissance literature, and also writes on the history of religion, the history of the book, modern poetry, and the philosophy of literature. His books include The Literary Culture of the Reformation: Grammar and Grace (2002), and an edition of The Book of Common Prayer, a Times Literary Supplement  Book of the Year in 2011. In 2013 this edition appeared in a World’s Classics paperback, along with two new books: Mortal Thoughts: Religion, Secularity & Identity in Shakespeare and Early Modern Culture (OUP); and Passions & Subjectivity in Early Modern Culture, edited with Freya Sierhuis (Ashgate). He was previously Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Professor of English at the University of Sussex, and has also held Visiting Fellowships at the Huntington Library, California, the Center for Advanced Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich, and Christ Church, Oxford. He held a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, 2009-12, and in 2012 gave the Clarendon Lectures at Oxford University, with the title Bibliophobia.



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February 12, 2014
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Goldring Student Centre, Room 206 (Regent’s Room)
150 Charles Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K9 Canada