In ancient Greek mythology, the lyrical songs of Orpheus charmed the gods, and compelled animals, rocks, and trees to obey his commands. This mythic power inspired Renaissance philosopher—they wanted to know: How do words produce action? Join Jenny Mann as she sheds light on the power of eloquence, its effects on English art and science, and her forthcoming release The Trials of Orpheus: Poetry, Science, and the Early Modern Sublime alongside an esteemed panel of scholars.
Jenny C. Mann is an associate professor in the Department of English and the Gallatin School at New York University. She is the author of Outlaw Rhetoric: Figuring Vernacular Eloquence in Shakespeare’s England. Twitter @jenny_c_mann