CfP: Alexander Pope: Text, Book, Work Back

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.

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’.

Presentations for the symposium may take the form of free-standing 20-minute papers, or 15-minute contributions to a round table entitled ‘Hills peep o’er hills, and Alps on Alps arise’: Popeian prospects for the twenty-first century’. To make a proposal, please send an abstract (no more than 300 words) and a brief bio to, by 1 April 2018, stating whether it is a freestanding 20-minute paper or a 15-minute contribution to the round table. Those who do not wish to present a paper are also very welcome to attend the symposium and the (optional) visit to Hartlebury Castle. If you would like to receive an alert when bookings open
(£45; £20 student/unwaged – includes lunch and refreshments), please send an email headed ‘booking alert request’ to

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 Those attending will be asked to contribute to the cost of transport and make a £6 donation to the Library. Again, if you would like to receive an alert when bookings open, please register your email address as above. NB: in allocating places for the Hartlebury visit, preference will be given to those attending the symposium.

For overnight accommodation close to the Edgbaston campus, see University of Birmingham Conferences & Events at,
or see Birmingham hotels online. A map of the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus is available at, and for advice on getting here, see

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