Pope to Burney, 1714-1779: Scriblerians to Bluestockings by Moyra Haslett

By Moyra Haslett

This crucial consultant defines literature of the eighteenth century as a literature written and bought as public dialog. Moyra Haslett discusses and demanding situations traditional methods of examining the interval, really relating to notions of the general public sphere. In her wide-ranging learn, Haslett reads key texts - together with The Dunciad, Gulliver's Travels and Pamela - of their literary and cultural contexts, and examines such genres because the periodical, the primary letter, the verse epistle and the unconventional as textual equivalents of coterie tradition.

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228). This recounts imagined discussions at a series of fictitious banquets attended by a varied and extensive cast of prominent intellectuals. These discussions are riddled with quarrels and conversations on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from the dishes before them to literary criticism. The Scriblerians were certainly proud of their status as a group, or ‘deipnosophy’. They wrote many joint letters to fellow members, composed humorous poetic invitations to club meetings and referred to themselves as a club long after they had all dispersed from St James’s Palace.

272–8) and Pope’s later dialogue poems might be read as attempts to recreate the context of the 40 Conversational Forms Scriblerian club after its demise. Pope’s comments to Spence about the writing of The Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus suggest a nostalgia for the heady days of 1714 when the group met regularly in London: ‘The design [of The Memoirs] was carried on much farther than has appeared in print; and was stopped by some of the gentlemen being dispersed or otherwise engaged (about the year 1715)’ (Sherburn 1934, 76).

Refined arts advance, the more sociable men become: nor is it possible, that, when enriched with science, and possessed of a fund of conversation, they should be contented to remain in solitude, or live with their fellow-citizens in that distant manner, which is peculiar to ignorant and barbarous nations. They flock into cities; love to receive and communicate knowledge; to show their wit or their breeding; their taste in conversation or living, in clothes or furniture. Curiosity allures the wise; vanity the foolish; and pleasure both.

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