English Research Seminar Series
- The School of English research seminar series presents Professor Judith Hawley on ‘Pope, Gulliver, Macheath and Bays: The Scriblerians at Twickenham’.
- Professor Judith Hawley
- Open to
- All staff and students, Public
- Wednesday, 29 March 2017
- 4:15 PM to 6:00 PM
- Lawson Lecture Room, Kennedy Hall
- Laura Mackintosh
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In 1726, after an absence of 12 years, Swift returned to England and visited his old friends. Members of the so-called Scriblerus Club reconvened at Pope’s villa at Twickenham. There they planned the publication of Gulliver’s Travels, The Beggar’s Opera and The Dunciad. Professor Hawley's paper will investigate the nature and extent of the collaboration between the Scriblerians on their major works. Conceived in St James’s Palace, they were born from the banks of the Thames. By investigating the cultural politics of the villa in general and the design of Pope’s villa in particular, Professor Hawley will consider how Pope, Swift, Gay and Arbuthnot might have worked together and how the symbolism of Pope’s retreat might affect how we read this group of works.