SHARP conference, Helsinki

The 10th Annual Conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) took place in Helsinki last week, 17-20 August 2010.  Themed 'Book Culture from Below', the conference sought to explore new perspectives on book and publishing history by focusing non-canonical and marginal books, readers, authors, and publishers over the centuries.

Jane Potter of OICPS gave a paper entitled 'A Certain Poetess': Recuperating Jessie Pope (1878-1941)', the much-maligned 'friend' of Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum Est', whose patriotic verse in periodicals such as Punch and the Daily Mail sit in glaring opposition to the work of the celebrated 'soldier poets' of the First World War. Potter drew on and expanded her Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/98109) entry on Pope to argue for a more subtle consideration of this writer's life and work.

Podcasts of the plenary talks and photographs from the daily events may be found at: http://www.helsinki.fi/sharp2010/index.htm

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