Alexander Pope: Text, Book, Work
University of Birmingham – Wednesday 27 June 2018
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
Booking for the symposium is now open via the University of Birmingham online Shop (£45; £20 student/unwaged – includes lunch and refreshments).
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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’.
Visit to the Hurd Library at Hartlebury Castle
On the day following the symposium, Thursday 28 June, we plan a visit to the Hurd Library at Hartlebury Castle, which has notable holdings of Pope’s annotated books. (For more about the Library, see http://www.hurdlibrary.co.uk/.)
The visit (kindly supported by the Centre for Literary Editing and the Materiality of the Text at the University of Birmingham) is bookable through the symposium page at the University of Birmingham online Shop, where you can also see details of other attractions at Hartlebury Castle included in the visit. NB: Places are limited, so early booking is strongly recommended.
Accommodation and Transport
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