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Expert talk – Dr JoAnn DellaNeva – The Story of the Death of Anne Boleyn by Lancelot de Carle: Diplomatic Dispatch and Tragic Poem.
Our April expert speaker is Dr JoAnn DellaNeva, author of The Story of the Death of Anne Boleyn: A Poem by Lancelot de Carle, a critical edition and translation of a long narrative poem written by the secretary to the French ambassador in London within two weeks of Anne Boleyn’s execution.
JoAnn is Professor of French Literature at the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana (USA), where she began teaching in 1982. A native of Philadelphia, PA, she earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University, specializing in literature of the French Renaissance. She has written extensively on French and Italian literature, especially poetry, of the early modern period. While at Notre Dame, she had the opportunity to live and teach in London for a total of five years, most recently from 2017 to 2020. There, she took an interest in Tudor history, especially the reign of Henry VIII, and has developed this avocation as the focus of her current research in European literature. She has just published a new book, titled The Story of the Death of Anne Boleyn: A Poem by Lancelot de Carle, that includes a new French edition and facing-page translation, along with several essays, on a long narrative poem and diplomatic dispatch written by the secretary to the French ambassador in London within two weeks of the queen’s execution. JoAnn is currently researching a book tentatively titled “Romancing Henry VIII: Literary Representations of the King and his Reign in Early Modern European Literature.”