Department of English

University of Toronto

John Donne, the Supreme Court, and the Creation of an Ecological Community

Event date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: JHB 616

John Donne, the Supreme Court, and the Creation of an Ecological Community
Professor Todd Butler, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Washington State University

This lecture examines the striking appearance of John Donne's Devotions in Sierra Club v. Morton (1972), a foundational case in the American ecological movement. It considers the nexus between early modern literature, modern jurisprudence, and the boundaries they both constitute between the human and non-human.

Professor Todd Butler is Associate Dean at Washington State University and an Associate Professor specializing in Shakespeare,Seventeenth-Century Literature (especially Milton), and early modern law and crime (especially witchcraft). He is the author of Imagination and Politics in Seventeenth Century England (Ashgate, 2008) and Literature and Political Intellection in Early Stuart England (Oxford University Press forthcoming summer 2019. From 2012-2018, he served as Chair of the Department of English and since 2018 has served as the Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. He is the Founding Director of the Center for the Arts and Humanities where he leads the NEH and WSU-funded initiative Redefining the 21st Century Land-Grant Humanities Ph.D.

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