Thursday, October 26, 2006

Why I'd rather be in Philadelphia: Forum on Alexander Pope, Nov. 17th

I have no idea whether we have Philadelphia-area Long Eighteenth-folk, but I thought that I'd pass this along, anyway, if only because I saw that Laura Rosenthal will be speaking there. It looks pretty swanky.

The University of Pennsylvania Eighteenth Century Reading Group and Department of English invite you to a one-day symposium:

Reading Alexander Pope:

From "fatal Sheers" to "unwilling ears"

Friday, November 17, 2006
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Humanities Forum
University of Pennsylvania
3619 Locust Walk


"The Rape of the Lock" (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Toni Bowers, University of Pennsylvania
Laura Rosenthal, University of Maryland, College Park
Chi-ming Yang, University of Pennsylvania

"Espistle to Arbuthnot" (2 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
Jack Lynch, Rutgers-Newark, State University of New Jersey
Paula McDowell, Visiting Professor, New York University
John Richetti, University of Pennsylvania
Stuart Sherman, Fordham University

A reception in the Rosenwald Gallery on the 6th Floor of Van Pelt Library will follow the second panel. "Gulliver's Reading," an exhibition of the library of Jonathan Swift, will be on display in the Gallery.

For additional information and registration, please visit our symposium website:

Satirist, moral philosopher, Horatian imitator, translator of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, and self-styled student of the passions, Alexander Pope (1688-1744) established himself as a major British poet by the time he was thirty years old. He is remembered for his epigrammatic wit, his mastery of the couplet form, and his claim to be the first professional poet in Britain —- that is, the first to support himself entirely from the sale of his poetry.

Each panel will discuss Pope's work and career from various viewpoints, not just from the perspective of the eighteenth century as an historical literary field but also within broader critical contexts such as aesthetics, poetics, imperialism, gender, and print culture. The invited speakers will begin by offering brief introductory comments that raise a central question or observation for the other panel members and the audience. A workshop-style discussion will follow. The organization of the day's panels —- early Pope and late Pope —- will enable the group to trace the trajectory of an eighteenth-century poet's career in a manner that invites comparison and juxtaposition.

Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's Department of English,
Graduate Student Associations Council, and Eighteenth Century Reading Group.