Colloque Andrew Marvell and Europe 23-25 juin 2016

Colloque co-organisé par ILLE (UHA), SEARCH & The Marvell Society

An International Interdisciplinary Conference supported by the Andrew Marvell Society and hosted by the Université de Haute Alsace – Mulhouse & Université de Strasbourg (France) on 23-25 June 2016.

With the support of the Andrew Marvell Society, ILLE (Institut de Recherche en Langues et Littératures Européennes, EA 4363, Université de Haute Alsace Mulhouse) and SEARCH.

Keynote speakers: Professor Nigel Smith, Princeton University & Professor Emeritus Jean-Paul Pittion, Université François-Rabelais & Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours.


A full understanding of Andrew Marvell’s verse and prose writings requires an appreciation of their European context. Marvell himself travelled to the European Continent repeatedly: between 1642/3 and 1647 he visited Holland, France, Italy and Spain; in 1655-1656 he stayed at the Protestant Academy at Saumur, France, with Oliver Cromwell’s ward, William Dutton, and where he must have encountered figures such as Moyse Amyraut; in 1662 to 1663 he was in Holland on state business the nature of which has yet to be established; and between 1663 and 1665 he was part of the Earl of Carlisle’s embassy to Muscovy, Sweden, and Denmark. He thus had considerable technical expertise in all aspects of diplomacy, statecraft and maritime affairs. After all, from 1657 Marvell was Latin Secretary to John Thurloe, Cromwell’s spymaster, and must have had inside knowledge of the Protectorate’s dealings with other European nations. Contemporary events, such as the three Anglo-Dutch wars of the mid-century, afforded him ample material for his satires and prose polemics. His An Account of the Growth of Popery and Arbitrary Government (1677) was translated into French under the title Relation de l’accroissement de la papauté et du gouvernement absolu en Angleterre and published in Hamburg in 1680, extending his readership to the Continent. And Early-modern European literature more widely – such as the work of the libertins érudits – deeply informed his poems and prose.

This conference will explore these topics:

  •  Marvell’s travels in Europe
  • Marvell and diplomacy
  • Marvell and France
  • Marvell and the Netherlands
  • Marvell and European politics
  • Marvell and religious debates in Europe
  • Marvell and European thought
  • Marvell and European art and literature


Advisory Committee:
  • Matthew C. AUGUSTINE, University of St Andrews
  • Jean-Jacques CHARDIN, Université de Strasbourg
  • Laurent CURELLY, Université de Haute Alsace – Mulhouse
  • Martin DZELZAINIS, University of Leicester
  • Alex GARGANIGO, Austin College
  • Nicholas von MALTZAHN, University of Ottawa
  • Timothy RAYLOR, Carleton College
  • Nigel SMITH, Princeton University

Thursday 23 June: Université de Haute Alsace – Mulhouse.

Venue: Salle Gandjavi, Faculté des Lettres, Langues et Sciences Humaines, Campus de l’Illberg

2 pm: Opening addresses by Christine Gangloff-Ziegler, University President, Greta Komur, Dean of the Arts and Modern Languages Faculty, and Frédérique Toudoire-Surlapierre, President of the ILLE research team.

2.30-3.30pm: Session 1 – Marvell and the Dutch: Best Enemies?
2.30-3pm: Ineke Huysman (Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands): « The best of three worlds…twice: Andrew Marvell and Constantijn Huygens: secretary, diplomat, poet »

3-3.30pm: Steven Zwicker (Washington University, St Louis): « What’s the problem with the Dutch?: Andrew Marvell, the trade wars, toleration and the Dutch Republic »

3.30-4pm: Coffee break

4-5pm: Session 2 – Literary Influences: Marvell and Continental Models
4-4.30pm: Nicholas McDowell (University of Exeter): « How Marvell heard his Rabelais »

4.30-5pm: Sean H. McDowell (Seattle University): « Marvell, Lipsius, and Epistolary Excellence »

Wine-tasting, dinner and night in Mulhouse

Friday 24 June: Université de Haute Alsace – Mulhouse.

Venue: Bibliothèque Municipale, 19 Grand’rue

9-10am: Keynote address – Professor Nigel Smith (Princeton University) « Transvernacular Poetry and Government: Andrew Marvell and the Rise of English Literature in Early Modern Europe »

10-10.30am: Coffee break

10.30-12am: Session 3 – Marvell and Tutoring: European Networks
10.30-11am: Timothy Raylor (Carleton College): « Andrew Marvell: Travelling tutor »

11-11.30am: Stephanie Coster (University of Leicester): « Andrew Marvell and tutoring in the Restoration »

11.30-12am: Martin Dzelzainis (University of Leicester): « Marvell, Nicolas Chorier, and the earl of Rochester: state satire and pornography in the dissenting academies » (University of Leicester)

12am-2pm: Lunch

2-3pm: Session 4 – Literary Influences: Marvell and France
2-2.30pm: Greg Miller (Millsaps College) « ‘Upon Appleton House’: Iconoclastic House of Memory »

2.30-3pm: Alex Garganigo (Austin College): « Marvell and the Satyre Ménippée »

3-3.30 pm: Coffee break

4.30pm Coach to Strasbourg. Dinner and night in Strasbourg

Saturday 25 June: Université de Strasbourg,

Venue: Salle Guy Ourisson, Campus de l’Esplanade

9-10am: Keynote address – Professor Emeritus Jean-Paul Pittion (Université François-Rabelais & Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours): « ‘If things of sight such heavens be/What heavens are those we cannot see’: sojourning in Protestant Saumur in the 1650s »

10-10.30am: Coffee break

10.30-11.30am: Session 5 – Marvell the Diplomat
10.30-11am: Nicholas von Maltzahn (University of Ottawa): « Marvell in Sweden »

11-11.30am: Edward Holberton (University of Bristol): « Marvell’s embassy to Muscovy, Sweden and Denmark »

11.30-12am: Session 6 – Before the EU: Marvell and European Exchanges
11.30-12am: Ryan Netzley (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale): « Marvell and the futures market: exchange and the creation of value »

12am: Closing words

12am-2.30pm: Lunch; 2.30pm: End of conference. Afternoon: guided tour of Strasbourg