Events Calendar
Feb 20
16:00 - 17:15
'Horace Walpole: Queernesses in the Epistolary Modes', George Haggerty (University of California, Riverside)
English Research Seminar series

The next English Research Seminar will take place on Wednesday 20th February with a talk co-sponsored by the Centre for Gender, Sexuality & Writing.We're delighted to welcome Distinguished Professor Emeritus George E. Haggerty from the University of California, Riverside, who will be discussing his work on 'Horace Walpole: Queernesses in the Epistolary Mode'. Please see below for an abstract and bio.The talk will take place at 4pm in Darwin LT3. Wine will be served in the School of English Common Room afterwards. All are welcome!Abstract Horace Walpole's published writings, The Castle of Ortranto (1764) and The Mysterious Mother (1768) suggest a distinctly queer voice in the eighteenth century; but only when we look into his letters, can we understand fully what this means. This talk looks at these writings to explain why Horace Walpole has become a touchstone for queer eighteenth-century studies.

BioGeorge E. Haggerty specializes in 18th-Century English Literature and Queer Studies. His books include Gothic Fiction/Gothic Form (Penn State, 1989); Unnatural Affections: Women and Fiction in the Later Eighteenth Century (Indiana, 1998); Men in Love: Masculinity and Sexuality in the Eighteenth Century (Columbia, 1999); Queer Gothic (Illinois, 2006) and Horace Walpole's Letters: Masculinity and Friendship in the Eighteenth Century (Bucknell, 2011). At present he is working on a project concerning male love and friendship in the English literary tradition. ​

The talk will be followed by drinks in the School of English Common Room, Rutherford Extension. All are warmly welcome, especially postgraduate students.


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