Lawrence Lipking is Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Northwestern and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of The Ordering of the Arts in Eighteenth-Century England (1970), The Life of the Poet: Beginning and Ending Poetic Careers (1981), which won the Christian Gauss Award, Abandoned Women and Poetic Tradition (1988), and Samuel Johnson: The Life of an Author (1998). About his September 23 talk, Professor Lipking notes that "for more than half a century, the Norton has been the most popular gatekeeper of texts for college survey courses; and for more than 40 years I have edited (or co-edited) the Restoration and 18th-century selections. Yet those selections keep changing. This talk will discuss both the practical and theoretical grounds for taking texts out and putting them in, and it will raise a number of troubling questions, including, who benefits from the making of canons? and is the idea of a canon still meaningful?"
Eighteenth-Century Studies is a forum for new research and perspectives on the many cultures of the "long" eighteenth century (1660-1820). The seminar explores eighteenth-century literatures, histories, politics, philosophies, science, art, music, and material cultures from diverse theoretical, methodological, and national standpoints. We seek as well to foster an interdisciplinary community of scholars whose intellectual interests encompass this vibrant period.
Past Events 2013 - 14
Past Events 2012 - 13
on The Creation of Anne Boleyn