The First Biennial Blake Lecture
Professor Simon Horobin, ‘Chaucer’s Language and the “well of English undefiled”’
5.15pm-6.45pm, Tuesday 21st May 2013
Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, Gell Street, Sheffield, S3 7QY
Norman Blake, Professor of English Language at the University of Sheffield from 1973, was a prolific and influential scholar whose work ranged from Old Norse to modern Irish drama. The key strands of his research, however, focused on the history of the English language and on Chaucer, particularly the complicated manuscript history of The Canterbury Tales. Professor Blake died in 2012, and the School of English has established this biennial lecture series in his honour.
Simon Horobin is Professor of English Language and Literature and a Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. He is the author of a number of books, including Studying the History of Early English (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Chaucer’s Language (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). His most recent research, on the history and role of English spelling, is the subject of his forthcoming monograph, Does Spelling Matter? (Oxford University Press).