We are delighted to announce that Professor Ian Duncan, holder of the Florence Green Bixby Chair at the Department of English (University of California, Berkeley) will deliver this year’s Giorgio Melchiori lecture.
The lecture will take place on Thursday 26 March at 4 p.m. in the Sala Ambrogio (Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature, e Culture Straniere, Università Roma Tre).
The title of Professor Duncan’s talk will be
“Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: Enlightenment Anthropology and the Romantic Historical Novel“.
He will examine novels by Sir Walter Scott – Waverley, Rob Roy, Ivanhoe – in relation to debates about the constitution of human nature (and its relation to history) in late-Enlightenment philosophical anthropology: Rousseau, Adam Ferguson, Kant and Herder.
Duncan is the author of Scott’s Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh, published by Princeton University Press and winner of the 2008 Saltire/National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year Award.