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The Cambridge Companion to Alexander Pope


  • 4 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 278 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.54 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521840132)

Alexander Pope was the greatest poet of his age and the dominant influence on eighteenth-century British poetry. His large oeuvre, written over a thirty-year period, encompasses satires, odes and political verse and reflects the sexual, moral and cultural issues of the world around him, often in brilliant lines and phrases which have become part of our language today. This is the first overview to analyse the full range of Pope's work and to set it in its historical and cultural context. Specially commissioned essays by leading scholars explore all of Pope's major works, including the sexual politics of The Rape of the Lock, the philosophical enquiries of An Essay on Man and the Moral Essays, and the mock-heroic of The Dunciad in its various forms. This volume will be indispensable not only for students and scholars of Pope's work, but also for all those interested in the Augustan age.

• Covers all of Pope's major works from a variety of critical perspectives • Features much close analysis of Pope's style through close readings • An authoritative and up-to-date book by international experts on Pope and his time


Chronology; Introduction Pat Rogers; 1. Pope, self, and world Helen Deutsch; 2. Pope's friends and enemies: fighting with shadows David Nokes; 3. Pope's versification and voice John Sitter; 4. Poetic spaces Cynthia Wall; 5. Pope's Homer and his poetic career Steven Shankman; 6. Pope and the classics Howard D. Weinbrot; 7. Pope and the Elizabethans David Fairer; 8. Pope in Arcadia: pastoral and its dissolution Pat Rogers; 9. Pope and ideology Brian Young; 10. Pope and the poetry of opposition Howard Erskine-Hill; 11. Crime and punishment Paul Baines; 12. Landscapes and estates Malcolm Kelsall; 13. Money Catherine Ingrassia; 14. Pope and the book trade James McLaverty; 15. Pope and gender Valerie Rumbold; 16. Medicine and the body G. S. Rousseau; 17. Pope and the other Laura Brown; Guide to further reading; Index.


Pat Rogers, Helen Deutsch, David Nokes, John Sitter, Cynthia Wall, Steven Shankman, Howard D. Weinbrot, David Fairer, Brian Young, Howard Erskine-Hill, Paul Baines, Malcolm Kelsall, Catherine Ingrassia, James McLaverty, Valerie Rumbold, G. S. Rousseau, Laura Brown

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