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Warton Lecture on English Poetry

'Dullness and Pope'

By Professor David Womersley, St Catherine's College, Oxford

It has long been recognised that Pope's emotions for those he stigmatised as
'dunces' went beyond mere dislike, and that his attitude towards what he
called 'dullness' included an awareness of its attraction and an acknowledgement of its power. Professor Womersley's lecture explores the
filiations between The Dunciad and the literary culture it condemns, while
also reaching towards some broader conclusions as to why early eighteenth-century languages of literary praise and blame are so unstable.


Professor David Womersley | talks


Date and Time:

11 May 2004 at 5:30 pm





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