USF Prof. Pat Rogers, a leading Alexander Pope scholar, receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bucharest.
TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2011) – The Department of English’s Distinguished University Professor Pat Rogers traveled to the University of Bucharest in Romania in early November to receive an honorary degree of Doctor of the University.
The degree was conferred by the Rector on Rogers. Also honored was the scholar of postmodernism, Linda Hutcheon of the University of Toronto. Both gave plenary lectures to an international interdisciplinary conference on “Literature and the Long Modernity,” jointly sponsored by the Centre of Excellence for the Study of Cultural Identity and the Romanian Cultural Institute.
Previous conferences in 2009 and 2010 honored the historians Carlo Ginzburg, of UCLA and Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and Hayden White, of UC Santa Cruz and Stanford. The degree has also been bestowed on scholars such as the psychologist Jean Piaget, the philosopher John Searle, the mathematicians Jean Mawhin and Haim Brezis, and the sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf, as well as several world leaders, politicians and Nobel laureates. (http://www.unibuc.ro/en/main_musafiri_en).
The citation stated that Rogers was honored as one of the most distinguished specialists in the field of eighteenth-century literature and culture, and “the Alexander Pope scholar in the world academe.” Moreover, “his interest in cultural history, in background phenomena and the role of the cultural context reads in and between the lines of his crucial contributions to the ‘long eighteenth century’.“ In his work “the interface of literature and other disciplines, as well as the dynamics of canonical and non-canonical authors result in a sui generis approach to the Enlightenment.”
The esteemed scholar of eighteenth-century culture became the first USF DeBartolo Professor in the Liberal Arts and was installed as a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a literary scholar in 2009. On a par with the National Academy of Sciences in the United States, the British Academy focuses on the social sciences and the humanities.
Rogers has authored or edited 44 books, most recently The Cambridge Companion to Alexander Pope (2010) – one of 11 on Pope’s work – and Edmund Curll, Bookseller, (2007) a descriptive biography and history of the book. In 2006 Rogers prepared the first full scholarly edition of Pride and Prejudice for the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen. He has also written five books and editions on Samuel Johnson and his circle and six on Daniel Defoe, as well as more than 100 articles and hundreds of reviews. Current projects include The Cambridge Introduction to Jonathan Swift and (ed.) Jonathan Swift in Context.