Anniversary Essays on Alexander Pope's 'The Rape of the Lock'

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Donald W. Nichol
University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2016 - 265 pages

Alexander Pope's heroi-comical, mock-epic poem, The Rape of the Lock, continues to sparkle after three hundred years as a peerless gem in the canon of English literature. In celebration of its tercentenary, this collection brings together ten eminent scholars with new perspectives on the poem. Their approaches reflect the vast range of interpretation of Pope's text, from discussions of religion, gender, and eighteenth-century biological science to an interview with Sophie Gee about her novelization of the poem in The Scandal of the Season. These stimulating analyses will be essential reading for students and teachers of The Rape of the Lock and a valuable resource for investigating eighteenth-century culture.

 

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Contents

The Rape of the Lock after Three Hundred Years
3
Fractals as a Compositional Device in The Rape of the Lock
10
2 Gallantry and The Rape of the Lock Reconsidered
31
Female Automata from Pandora to Belinda
53
Female Spirituality and The Rape of the Lock
70
5 Catholic Society and Commercial Idolatry in The Rape of the Lock
94
Pope Biology and Culture
113
The Abuse of Things in The Rape of the Lock
131
Sophie Gees The Scandal of the Season and The Rape of the Lock
150
Image Page Text and The Rape of the Lock
167
Pope Lintot and The Rape of the Lock
218
Contributors
249
Index
253
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Donald W. Nichol is a professor in the Department of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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