This collection of essays represents some of the best critical thinking on Pope in recent years. Professor Hammond examines the main issues in the debate, in particular why Pope's writing has been so resistant to modern methodologies, such as deconstruction.
The essays focus on particular poems or themes and exemplify different theoretical perspectives, both traditional and modern. The editor's notes clarify the differences that exist, and what those differences can teach the student about theory in practice.
Brean Hammond is Professor of Modern English Literature at the University of Nottingham, UK.