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Poetics of the Pillory: English Literature and Seditious Libel, 1660-1820

11 – 20 November, 2014

The Clarendon Lecture series is run across the University of Oxford. The next series will be given by Professor Thomas Keymer, Chancellor Jackman Professor of English at the University of Toronto, in November 2014.

The 2014 series will take place on weeks 5 and 6 of Michaelmas Term: Tuesday 11th November, Thursday 13th November, Tuesday 18th November, and Thursday 20th November. All four lectures will take place in Lecture Theatre 2 in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. They will begin at 5.15pm, and all are welcome. The theme of the 2014 series is 'Poetics of the Pillory: English Literature and Seditious Libel, 1660-1820'. The individual lectures are entitled:

1. Faint Meaning: Dryden and Restoration Censorship

2. Libels in Hieroglyphicks: Defoe, Pope

3. The Trade of Libelling: Fielding, Johnson

4. Southey’s New Star Chamber

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"The Most Beautiful Spirit Ever Active": Laurence Sterne, a Modern and Ancient Writer (A Venetian Conference to Celebrate His 300th Birthday)

28 - 29 November, 2013

Università Ca' Foscari Venezia - Dorsoduro 3246 - Venezia (Italy)

"The Most Beautiful Spirit Ever Active" is a two-day international conference to celebrate Laurence Sterne's 300th birthday. Various aspects of Sterne's life and works will be considered: his relationship with English and European literary and cultural traditions; his innovative approach to novel writing; his contribution to aesthetic, philosophical, moral and religious discussions; his contemporary and later reception across the arts and disciplines. Keynote lectures will be given by Peter De Voogd, Tom Keymer and Marcus Walsh.

The conference is organised by the Dept. of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies and the Doctoral Programme in Modern Languages and Cultures of Ca' Foscari University, Venice, and is sponsored by The Shandean.   

It will take place in Ca' Foscari main building (Sala Marino Berengo, first floor) on November 28th, at 15:30, and on November 29th, at 10:00 and 14:30.

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Laurence Sterne 1713 – 2013: The Tercentenary Conference

8 - 11 July, 2013

Royal Holloway University of London

Over sixty speakers and keynotes by Thomas Keymer, Melvyn New and David Brewer, the greatest gathering of Sterneans ever, running from Monday 8 July 1 p.m. to Thursday 11 July 3 p.m.

Conference Programme

Conference Organisers: Judith Hawley (RHUL), Melvyn New (University of Florida), Peter de Voogd (University of Utrecht)

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Approaches to the Early Novel

9 – 11 April, 2013

Laboratório de Estudos do Romance, Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas, Universidade de São Paulo

O Laboratório de Estudos do Romance/FFLCH convida para o Seminário "Approaches to the Early Novel", que será dirigido pelo Prof. Thomas Keymer (University of Toronto), nos dias 9, 10 e 11 de abril, a partir das 14h30, no Prédio de Letras (salas 271, 206 e 132, respectivamente). O evento, que é aberto ao público e não pede inscrição, terá como debatedores os Profs. Drs. Sandra Guardini T. Vasconcelos, Maria Elisa Cevasco e Marcos Soares. As apresentações serão feitas em inglês.

Seminar Programme

Seminar Organiser: Profa. Sandra Guardini T. Vasconcelos

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Manuscript & Print in the Eighteenth Century: an Interdisciplinary Conference

23rd – 24th May 2012

Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield

Plenary speaker
Professor Thomas Keymer (University of Toronto)

This conference explores the connections between everyday manuscript practices and printed work in the eighteenth century. Though print was undoubtedly in the ascendant during the period, manuscript practices remained vital. Institutions, business and households generated a huge amount of manuscript material. Literary manuscripts, sometimes closely related to printed texts, continued to be circulated. It was through manuscript practices of writing and archiving – not print - that most people had contact with the written word. This conference investigates the relationship between an expanding print culture and the continuing power of the hand-written form.

§ What were the changing meanings of manuscript as print culture expanded?
§ How did everyday manuscript forms affect printed works?
§ How were practices of manuscript creation and archiving transferred to print?

Conference Programme

Conference Organisers: Joe Bray (English) and Karen Harvey (History) at

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Early Modern Seminar, Pembroke College, Cambridge

The Novel and the Act of Union, Defoe to Scott

Professor Tom Keymer, Department of English, University of Toronto

Tuesday 22 May 2012, 17:00-19:00

Thomas Gray Room, Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Conveners: Howard Erskine-Hill and Adrian Lashmore-Davies

All welcome. Drinks served.