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BGECS Lecture and Seminar SS 2010

The first public lecture was by Howard D. Weinbrot, Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Samuel Johnson Rebalanced: The Happy Man, Family, and Religion

Howard Weinbrot is one of the most eminent eighteenth-century scholars worldwide. He has been Andrew Mellon Visiting Professor at the Huntington Library and has published extensively on Samuel Johnson, British satire and literary history of the English eighteenth century in general.

The lecture took place on the dies academicus, 19th May 2010.

BGECS Seminar

On the eve of Howard Weinbrot's BGECS lecture we orgnised a seminar, chaired by Prof. Weinbrot.

The seminar discussed Alexander Pope's "Windsor Forest" (1713). Pope's poem mixes the classical pastoral form and a content that seems to enforce a rethinking of English identity with a focus on English mercantile endeavours. This opened up perspectives on the poem that ranged from more formal analyses of a typical neoclassical poem to postcolonial approaches.