Christopher Ricks is Warren Professor of the Humanities, and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute, at Boston University, having formerly been professor of English at the University of Bristol and at Cambridge. He was the Professor of Poetry at Oxford, 2004-2009. Co-Editor of Essays in Criticism, a quarterly journal of literary criticism.
T.S. Eliot, The Poems, to be published in 2013 by Faber & Faber. (Co-edited with Jim McCue.) A critical edition of Eliot’s poems that gathers all the poems published and unpublished; that records all the textual variants both from manuscripts and published texts; and that provides contextual commentary, biographical, historical, and literary.
Selected Works of James Fitzjames Stephen, in eleven volumes, to be published by Oxford University Press; editing On the Novel and on Journalism, and general editor of the volumes.
Edward Thomas, Walter Pater and Algernon Charles Swinburne: a volume in the Oxford University Press edition of Thomas.
Hon DLitt, University of Oxford
Hon DLitt, University of Bristol
Andrew W Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award
Fellow of the British Academy
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford
Honorary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford
Honorary Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge
President, The Housman Society
Vice-President, The Tennyson Society
Member of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (President, 2007-8)
More than one Waste Land is the first lecture in Professor Sir Christopher Ricks’ 2013/14 series, in which he engages NCH students in a discussion of T S Eliot’s Wasteland. Ricks presents us with his thoughts and insights not only of Eliot’s original poem but also of the another version born out of Eliot’s and Ezra Pound’s critiques. A intriguing talk in which Professor Ricks guides students through a comparison between Eliot's initial draft and its final published manuscript, and also the evolution from the former to the latter.
Pacier than a Viennese waltz and tastier than a Viennese truffle, Shakespeare's Measure for Measure is a dark comedy about sex, death, religion, justice, judgement, lies and deceit …and lots more besides.
View Professor Sir Christopher Ricks' thought provoking and erudite lecture on this dark comedy as he waltzes through the triangular narrative (undercover ruler, corrupt magistrate, substituted virgin) and, using as a springboard the play's opening sentence “Of government the properties to unfold…”, himself slowly unfolds the philosophical, moral and legal issues presented by the play's many themes.
This illuminating lecture on mortality and mercy in Vienna offers much to those already familiar with the play as well as to newcomers.
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