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English department to host lecture about satire

TAMPA, Fla.--The University of South Florida’s English department will be hosting the annual DeBartolo lecture at 3 p.m. on April 7 in the Grace Allen Room of the USF library.

Professor Dustin Griffin, who is professor emeritus of English at New York University, will be lecturing on the relations of Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope. He will be discussing the general issues raised in his most recent book, “Swift and Pope: Satirists in Dialogue,” and exploring a major facet of the dialogue between the satirists.

Griffin is the leading authority on British literature of the 17th and 18th centuries, and has written about satire, patronage and patriotism, with a concentration on Milton, Rochester and Pope.

His book is the first analysis of the complex relationship of two great writers who were friends but also rivals. Griffin’s work uncovers the contradictions in their long-lasting alliance.

The lecture is supported by the DeBartolo fund that was established to support eighteenth-century studies at USF.


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Author: Kirstin Hermansen