CFP: Reworking Georgic (Leeds, 9-10 Sept 2019)

The Call for Papers is out for Reworking Georgic, a conference I'm co-organising with my colleague Pippa Marland. Check out the conference website here for more details, and here's the CFP: REWORKING GEORGIC University of Leeds Monday 9th – Tuesday 10th September 2019 Confirmed speakers: David Fairer (Leeds), Greg Garrard (British Columbia), Sue Edney (Bristol) Including … Continue reading CFP: Reworking Georgic (Leeds, 9-10 Sept 2019)


The Genres of Thomson’s The Seasons

Happy new year! I’m kicking things off for 2019 with a short post about a book that came out at the end of 2018: The Genres of Thomson’s The Seasons, edited by Sandro Jung and Kwinten Van De Walle (Lehigh UP, 2018). The book is an edited collected of essays about James Thomson’s poem The … Continue reading The Genres of Thomson’s The Seasons

Finny Tribes and Feathered People: My Top 5 Periphrastic Kinds

Eightenth-century poetry has the reputation of being wordy, obscure, and affected. A common feature of eighteenth-century poetic diction is periphrasis – circumlocution, or the use of multiple words to describe something instead of naming it directly. So a telescope is an ‘optic tube’ and a pair of scissors ‘the glitt’ring forfex’. One of the most … Continue reading Finny Tribes and Feathered People: My Top 5 Periphrastic Kinds

The Chace: ‘Sport of Kings’

It’s Autumn, so most of the UK’s hunting seasons are now underway. It seems like a good time to read the great hunting georgic, The Chace (1735) by William Somervile (or Somerville). I feel like I have a few things in common with Somervile. As well as being distant cousins, we both grew up in … Continue reading The Chace: ‘Sport of Kings’

Postdoc Fellowships and Georgic Climates

The Augustan Georgic blog is back after a year’s hiatus! I put it into hibernation while I completed my first proper postdoctoral position (about which more in a moment). Now I’m embarking on my second, and this one has a thoroughly georgic research agenda so it’s time to wake this blog up again. I posted … Continue reading Postdoc Fellowships and Georgic Climates

Chawton House Visiting Fellowship and Evelyn’s Sylva

In April of this year I had what might be the most enjoyable and enriching experience of my academic career so far - a Visiting Fellowship at Chawton House Library. I got to spend four whole weeks living on the Chawton estate (home in the early nineteenth century to Jane Austen’s brother), studying every day … Continue reading Chawton House Visiting Fellowship and Evelyn’s Sylva

Cyder: ‘these empty Thoughts / Of Apples’

In early modern England Virgil's Georgics influenced many writers, including Spenser and Milton. But the title of first pure English georgic - the first original poem in English to directly imitate the Georgics as a generic model - has to go to Cyder, by John Philips. So it seems appropriate to choose Cyder for the … Continue reading Cyder: ‘these empty Thoughts / Of Apples’