20th December 2017 by

Call for papers: Alexander Pope: Text, Book, Work

Alexander Pope: Text, Book, Work

University of Birmingham – Wednesday 27 June 2018

Alexander Pope (bust), by Louis François Roubiliac; The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

The general editors of the Oxford Edition of the Writings of Alexander Pope, in collaboration with the Centre for Literary Editing and the Materiality of the Text at the University of Birmingham, invite you to ‘Alexander Pope: Text, Book, Work’, a one-day symposium to be held at the University of Birmingham on 27 June 2018. Radiating from our central concerns with textual transmission, material texts in manuscript and print, and conceptions of the literary work, discussion will address the range of Pope’s diverse writings and consider possible modes of future reading. On 28 June, the day after the symposium, there will also be an opportunity to visit the Hurd Library at Hartlebury Castle.

The Symposium

Our plenary speaker will be Professor Henry Woudhuysen, Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford. Professor Woudhuysen is one of the General Editors of the edition, and his topic will be ‘Alexander Pope: Collecting Books, Making Manuscripts’.

Presentations for the symposium may take the form of free-standing 20-minute papers, or 15-minute contributions to a round table entitled ‘Hills peep o’er hills, and Alps on Alps arise’: Popeian prospects for the twenty-first century’. To make a proposal, please send an abstract (no more than 300 words) and a brief bio to M.Walsh.2@bham.ac.uk, by 1 April 2018, stating whether it is a free-standing 20-minute paper or a 15-minute contribution to the round table.

The deadline for proposals has been extended to 9 April



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