In last year’s Recollection Lecture series, Prof McCullough gave an overview of the life and preaching style of the Jacobean bishop, Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626). In it he stressed the need to consider Andrewes’ preaching, theology, and unique prose style in its contemporary context, and to be alert to how his later admirers – Laudians, Tractarians, T S Eliot – used Andrewes’ legacy for their own purposes. Close reading of a passage from a Christmas sermon also drew out rhetorical strategies in Andrewes that have either become neglected or are more difficult for moderns to understand: his multilingualism, his use of irony, and his subtle use of Patristics. This prompted a request for an opportunity to engage more with Andrewes’ texts. To accommodate that, and to illustrate the benefits of encountering Andrewes’ sermons as they were intended – through listening ears, not reading eyes - Prof McCullough will this year give a very brief introduction to an Andrewes Easter sermon, with a few pointers about what one might listen for, and then deliver that sermon in its entirety, leaving 30-40 minutes for questions and discussion of what attendees have heard and wish to explore further. Texts will be distributed after the delivery of the sermon for use in discussion, but attendees may – like good early moderns – like to come prepared to take notes on the aural impressions felt during it.
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