James A. Winn


Publication of Queen Anne:
Patroness of Art
s:   1 July, 2014

Selected reviews:

The Independent (London)
The Wall Street Journal

The Times Literary Supplement

Eighteenth-Century Life

Video interviews:
Three short clips produced by
Oxford University Press:

1. On Anne’s interest and training in the arts
2. Historical methodology
3. The mechanics of royal       patronage

Full-length interview produced by faculti.net

Queen Anne

The Poetry of War (Cambridge, 2008)

Interview on NPR’s “On Point”

Opinion pieces:

The Humanities Institute as the
Play within the Play (2011)

Academic Profile 
Curriculum Vitae

Poem of the month:

A Walk after Dark

A cloudless night like this 
Can set the spirit soaring: 
After a tiring day 
The clockwork spectacle is 
Impressive in a slightly boring 
Eighteenth-century way. 

It soothed adolescence a lot 
To meet so shameless a stare; 
The things I did could not 
Be so shocking as they said 
If that would still be there 
After the shocked were dead.

Now, unready to die 
But already at the stage 
When one starts to resent the young, 
I am glad those points in the sky 
May also be counted among 
The creatures of middle-age. 

It's cosier thinking of night 
As more an Old People’s Home 
Than a shed for a faultless machine, 
That the red pre-Cambrian light 
Is gone like Imperial Rome 
Or myself at seventeen. 

Yet however much we may like 
The stoic manner in which 
The classical authors wrote, 
Only the young and rich 
Have the nerve or the figure to strike 
The lacrimae rerum note. 

For the present stalks abroad 
Like the past and its wronged again 
Whimper and are ignored, 
And the truth cannot be hid; 
Somebody chose their pain, 
What needn’t have happened did. 

Occurring this very night 
By no established rule, 
Some event may already have hurled 
Its first little No at the right 
Of the laws we accept to school 
Our post-diluvian world: 

But the stars burn on overhead, 
Unconscious of final ends, 
As I walk home to bed, 
Asking what judgment waits 
My person, all my friends, 
And these United States.

----W. H. Auden



Watch this space for upcoming Concerts:

Musical selection of the month:

Vincent Persichetti, Serenade for Flute and Harp, with Franziska Huhn, harp.


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    Background image: Anne Killigrew,
    Venus Adorned by the Graces, c. 1684    




    2 August 2016