‘Alas, Poor Yorick!’: A Sterne 250-Year Anniversary Conference

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Jesus College, Cambridge                                                         18-21 March 2018

Laurence Sterne was a student at Jesus College, Cambridge in the 1730s. It provides the perfect setting for a conference celebrating his life, work, and afterlives, and in particular the seminal role that A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy played in eighteenth-century culture and beyond upon the 250-year anniversary of its publication.

The conference is proud to host internationally acclaimed academic keynote speakers:

  • Peter de Voogd (Utrecht University)
  • Freya Johnston (University of Oxford)
  • Jon Mee (University of York)

It will also feature more informal talks addressing Sterne’s writings, and its wider impact on culture and the creative arts.

  • Professor Claude Rawson will be sharing reminiscences of 1968 – a seminal year for Sterne studies which saw the bicentenary conference that gave rise to The Winged Skull, an important milestone in collected essays on Sterne.
  • Martin Rowson will talk about his graphic novel interpretations of Sterne’s fiction.

The conference will also include a visit to Cambridge University Library to experience key elements of its extensive Sterne holdings, and a tour of Jesus College and its Sterne connections hosted by the Archivist and Librarian.