James Morland (KCL) - 2014-15 Students

Poetic engagement with ancient atheism: Changing interactions with Lucretius in eighteenth-century poetry

My main research interests are interdisciplinary, looking at the intersection between the poetic and the philosophical with a specific interest in the comparative language and philosophical ideas between eighteenth-century poetry and the early modern translations of Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura. My research also looks at these poetics in relation to developments in intellectual and scientific history, showing Lucretius as a key figure and influence within eighteenth-century poetic questioning of the increasingly secular scientific and materialist conceptions of man and the universe.

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