Greg Clingham

Recent Activities

New Appointment

  • Greg Clingham has been appointed to the John P. Crozer Chair in English Literature at Bucknell. The Chair was established in 1865 by John P. Crozer, a Trustee of the university, and is one of the oldest Chairs of English in the world.

Bucknell in London

  • Greg Clingham and Janice Mann (Art History) are co-directing the Bucknell in London programme in the fall 2011. “Looking East: British Impressions of the Orient" is an interdisciplinary program drawing upon literature, art, art history, architecture, gardens and gardening history, material culture, history, politics, economics, and philosophy so as to consider how the English reacted to various eastern cultures, especially the Chinese and the Ottomans, between the Middle Ages and the early nineteenth century. http://www.bucknell.edu/x68051.xml

Speaking Engagements

  • In the fall Greg has been invited to Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey to talk on the Orient, the Ottomans, and the English eighteenth century.

Recent Publications

  • “The Enlightenment Encyclopedia and the Dream of Comprehensiveness: The Example of Samuel Johnson, ” The International Journal of the Humanities 8:4 (2010), 163-76. Electronic version
  • “Translating Memory: Dryden, Oldham, and Friendship” 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, Special issue on Metaphor, ed. Mark A. Pedreira (AMS Press, 2011).
  • “Hawkins, Biography, and the Law,” in Reconsidering Biography: Contexts, Controversies, and Sir John Hawkins' “Life of Johnson,” ed. Martine Watson Brownley (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2011).
  • “Delirious God: Reflections on the Text, the Book, and the Library,” in Precision as Profusion: Textual Studies and the Enlarged Eighteenth Century, ed. Kevin Cope and Robert Leitz III (Bucknell University Press, 2011).

Work in Progress

  • “Reading as Atonement” – an essay exploring the ethics of reading fiction and that theorizes Ian McEwan’s narrative and historical relationship with enlightenment aesthetics; for Reading the Represented Past, ed. Nicola Parsons & Kate Mitchell (Palgrave, 2012).
  • Conversation as Knowledge, a translation (with Manuel Delgado Morales) with notes and introduction, of Borges’ comments on Johnson in conversation with Adolfo Bioy Cesares – a little book destined for a trade publisher.