The Poetics of Religious Toleration in the Long British Eighteenth Century

Date: 9 June, 2017
Time: 3pm-4pm
Location: Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

The recent pressures placed on liberal understandings of religious toleration by resurgent forms of fundamentalism and populism have reignited scholarly interest in the long history of circumscribing religion in civic life. Recent critical studies have suggested that religious toleration must be understood less as an inevitable march of enlightened progress than as a set of contingent and ‘awkward’ attempts to posit new forms of communal life under a politically secure and centralised state. Such attempts relied precariously on the forging of a new language and rhetorical repertoire. In this paper, Dr Brandon Chua examines understandings of public poetry that emerged out of the English monarchy’s attempts to institutionalise a form of religious freedom for Catholics and Protestant dissenters from the Church of England in the later part of the seventeenth century. Focusing on the rhetorical and aesthetic dimensions of the broad public discussion over the place of religious identity in a newly tolerant polity, this paper draws attention to the broader anxieties over how to construe the moral commitments requisite for definitions of civic duty in an order defined by diversity. The new forms of public poetry emerging in this period conveys, this paper suggests, specific insights into the corporeal, affective, and ethical re-education demanded by a new logic of toleration.​



Dr Brandon Chua is a UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Communication and Arts. He works mainly in the field of Restoration Literature, and has published on writers such as John Locke, the Earl of Rochester, and Aphra Behn. His current research interests centre around ideas of publics and publicity in the Early English Enlightenment.

Dr Brandon Chua


About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

The research seminar and workshop series' occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

The seminars occur on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm in Room 601 in the Michie Building (#9).

Semester 2, 2017 Seminars & Workshops


Friday, 11 August

Technologies for the Analysis of Communication

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Dan Angus

Friday, 18 August

Hotel October: The Deaths and Dates of Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Prof. John Schad
(Department of English Literature and Creative Writing, Lancaster University)

Friday, 1 September

The Writer on the Road

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr James Cowan

Friday, 15 September

Birds of a feather? Trump, Chavez and the populist communication style in times of discursive disruption

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Elena Block


Friday, 29 September

Making Hollywood Mobile: Labour in Global Film and Television Production

Room 740, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Kevin Sanson
(School of Communication, QUT)
Friday, 13 October

The Datafication of Religious Media:
Pulpit Plagiarism and the Spiritual Commons in American Sermons

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Andrew Ventimiglia
(TC Beirne School of Law, UQ)
Friday 27 October

Cirrus: Innovative, Digitally Engaged Assessment for High Level Thinking

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Natalie Collie, Dr Jennifer Clement, Kerry Kilner
Friday, 3 November

"The State of Fun": How Singapore's Fun Campaigns Legitimise an Emerging Casino Economy

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Juan Zhang

Friday, 10 November

Historical Moods in Film

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Robert Sinnerbrink
(Macquarie University)


Level 6, Michie Building (#9)