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2023 Autumn Lecture: John Cruso of Norwich: accomplished networker or social aspirer?

14 September 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm BST


John Cruso of Norwich: accomplished networker or social aspirer?

By Professor Christopher Joby.

A brief resumé

John Cruso of Norwich (1593-after 1650) was a man of many parts. He was a Dutch and English poet, translator, military author, successful merchant and hosier, Dutch church elder and militia captain. From the paratexts of his published works, he also appears to have been an accomplished networker, with an extensive social and literary network. In this presentation, I examine how well he really knew the men to whom he dedicated his works and reflect on whether, in some cases at least, we need to talk in terms of idealized patrons. Furthermore, I analyze what Cruso’s network tells us about social and literary networks and networking in general in early modern Norwich.

Personal Details:

Professor Christopher Joby PhD, hab. is a Research Associate at SOAS, University of London. He has lectured in Dutch Studies at universities in the UK, South Korea, Taiwan, and Poland. His research focuses on the intersection of the Dutch language and culture and other languages and cultures in a historical context. He has published many articles on the history of language in Norwich and Norfolk. In 2022, he published John Cruso of Norwich and Anglo-Dutch Literary Identity in the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer). He is currently writing a monograph on language in Tudor and Stuart Norwich.


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Please note: The lecture will be recorded.


14 September 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm BST
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