The year 2009 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Johnson. To commemorate the event, Harvard Universityís Houghton Library will host an international symposium to celebrate Johnsonís manifold contributions to intellectual and creative cultures. The symposium, which will be held Thursday, August 27, through Saturday, August 29, 2009, will examine or re-examine several aspects of Johnson's life and legacy.
Plenary and concurrent sessions will address such topics as Johnson in relation to gender; periodical essay; modern scholarship; the arts; eighteenth-century intellectual history; biography; literary theory and literary criticism; slavery; and his dictionary. There will be two receptions and a banquet as well.
Participating scholars include James Basker, OM Brack, Greg Clingham, Robert DeMaria, Helen Deutsch, Stephen Fix, Isobel Grundy, Jack Lynch, Anne McDermott, Allen Reddick, Bruce Redford, Michael Suarez, Gordon Turnbull, Richard Wendorf.
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