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590. Revising Neoclassicism

Saturday, 7 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., 619, WSCC

A special session

Presiding: Rivka Swenson, Virginia Commonwealth Univ.

Rivka Swenson's Annotation:
Papers emphasizing what was "neo" about long 18th-century British literary neoclassicism: surprising adoptions, adaptations, appropriations of Classical sources, precepts, politics, aesthetics, civics/ethics, pedagogy.

1. "Horatian Imitation and the Problem of Christian Coherence: Young's Love of Fame: The Universal Passion as an Experiment in Harnessing Vanity (Pride) for the Greater Good," Anna Foy, Univ. of Pennsylvania

2. "Making the Revolutionary Hero: British Representations of Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius in the 1790s," Anna Deters, Washington Univ. in St. Louis

3. "'Bearing Their Conquered Household Gods': Unsettling the Relation between Epic and Neoclassicism," Charlotte Sacks Sussman, Duke Univ.

4. "Alexander Pope's Innovations in Literary Orientalism," Matthew Reilly, Univ. of Texas, Austin

Responding: Catherine Elizabeth Ingrassia, Virginia Commonwealth Univ.


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Literary Criticism and Theory

  • British Literature – Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century

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