All systems are go for a group reading of Blanford Parker’s The Triumph of Augustan Poetics. I think we decided that things are very busy for people around Thanksgiving, but sometime in the weeks that follow would be good. I think Prof. Parker is flexible then. What about the first week in December? We could start Sunday, Dec. 3rd and carry it through the week.
For those who’d like to volunteer, let us begin choosing specific chapters. I am happy to cover whatever anyone doesn’t volunteer for, but Parker writes extremely interesting things about people I don’t feel like much of an expert on, like Butler and Thomson. If you see something in your area of study here, don’t be too shy to lay a claim on it. Below are the chapters and their subtitles.
Please volunteer in the comments so we all know what you’d like to do, and I’ll update this post with the names (or pseudonyms) of participants. Likewise, I’ll post this to C18-L to see if there are any of our other colleagues who’d like to jump on board.
1. Samuel Butler and the end of analogy (Mazella)
The curious man, Butler and the formula of exclusion, The low road of the Augustan
2. Transitional Augustan poetry
The eclipse of analogy, The cases of Cowley and Dryden, The transformation of prose style, The reinvention of nature, Benlowes: the survival of conceit
3. Pope and mature Augustanism (Golightly)
Belinda alone in the world of things, Pope’s spatial art
4. Thomson and the invention of the literal (Levine)
The new objects of poetry, Augustan naturalism, The anxious eye: Thomson’s Summer
5. The four poles of the Christian imagination in relation to Augustanism (Hintz)
Introduction, The four poles of Christian poetics, The logist, The analogical, The mystical, The fideist
6. The fideist reaction (KW)
Fideism in Restoration and eighteenth-century culture, Prior’s fideism, Solomon and David, Young’s Night Thoughts
7. Johnson and fideism (Hoover)
Fideism and humanism, The two Johnsons, Johnson and the critique of analogy, Epilogue