C A Mayer, (1918 -1998), enjoyed a long, very fruitful and
at times controversial career. He specialised in the study
and analysis of French literature, primarily that of the 16th
and 17th Centuries, concentrating on the major Renaissance poet Clément
Marot, and also contributing significantly to the study
of Rabelais, Ronsard, du Bellay, Montaigne and the Greek writer
so influential upon the literature of the 16th Century, Lucian of Samosata.
preserve and develop his work amongst his many students,
colleagues and followers, a group of his former students, now academics of note, set up a Memorial Trust in 1998 to celebrate
C A Mayer's life and work with an annual lecture.
C A Mayer Memorial Trust promoted fourteen such lectures
by leading experts in their fields. The commissioning, organisation
and promotion of the entire lecture series was undertaken by
Professor Pauline Smith of the University of Hull, who was also
one of the contributors, and to whom we owe a great debt of
With the final lecture given
in 2011 the series has come to an end. In order that these works
may be preserved in their original context, the Lecturers have
kindly agreed that their work may be viewed for the foreseeable
future through this web site.
We hope that you find their
work revealing, rewarding and thought-provoking.
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