Following last year’s bold and incisive review of the role of the Humanities in the contemporary University, Professor Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Albert Guérard Professor in Literature at Stanford University, was welcomed back to deliver the second Annual Lecture of the Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership.
Professor Gumbrecht is a comparatist whose expertise encompasses the French literature of the Middle Ages, Enlightenment and nineteenth century, Spanish and Brazilian literary history, continental philosophy and the aesthetics of sport. Besides positions in Germany and California, he has held visiting professorships in Lisbon, Manchester, Rio de Janeiro and at the Collège de France, and spent time working in Spain and Italy. The author of over 2,000 published works, he is currently preparing a book for release later this year, provisionally entitled Prose of the World: Diderot, Goya, Lichtenberg, and Mozart.
In this lecture Professor Gumbrecht goes beyond prose to explore poetry, beating a path between literary form and broader existential concerns, in keeping with his role as a public intellectual who aims "to analyze and to understand forms of aesthetic experience in 21st-century everyday culture".
The 2016 Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Annual Lecture, "Why Prosody and Rhythm Matter - in Poetry and in the Humanities at Large" is now available to watch online via the AHRC DTP YouTube channel.