April 16, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- Richard Rambuss, a professor of English at Emory University and a leading scholar of the poetry and devotional literature of the English Renaissance, will lecture on "The Passion of the Magdalene" on Thursday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m. in the Babbott Room in the Octagon at Amherst College. The talk, sponsored by the English department, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

A 1983 graduate of Amherst College, Rambuss is the author of groundbreaking studies of Spenser, Shakespeare and Milton, as well as essays on religion in art and literature from Chaucer to Chris Ofili. His latest book, Closet Devotions (1998), traces connections between religion and sexuality from the metaphysical poets through the AIDS crisis, and has been especially influential in gay and lesbian studies. His Amherst talk will range from The Da Vinci Code, the best-selling novel by Dan Brown '86, to Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ and the Renaissance lyrics of Richard Crashaw.