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British Academy Lecture – Pope’s Ethical Thinking

April 21, 2011

Tuesday 10 May 7.15pm

VENUE: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Pope’s Ethical Thinking

The 2011 Chatterton Lecture given by Dr Christopher Tilmouth (University of Cambridge) Alexander Pope discerned in his verse satires ‘more of morality than wit’, yet his work has been thought antipathetic to some of 18th-century Britain’s most enduring strains of ethical reflection. Reappraising Pope’s often noted complicity with those whom he otherwise attacked, this lecture asks what part Shaftesbury’s polite wit, Mandeville’s cynicism, and Augustan sentimentalism played in the poetry of England’s greatest satirist. What, too, can Pope teach us about the relationship between literature and ethics? If you wish to attend, please register for Tuesday’s events.

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