Forthcoming seminar on Swift

Johnathan Swift – Portrait by Charles Jervas (Wikipedia)
Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar Series – Online 
Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar Series – ONLINE 

17th November 2020
6.30pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time 

Topic: The death of Swift’s printer John Harding: new evidence that implicates Swift

Speaker: Dr. Craig Pett, journalist and researcher

Abstract: John Harding, the printer of the seditious Letters written by Jonathan Swift under the pseudonym ‘M.B. Drapier’, died five months after his imprisonment in November 1724. It has been assumed that he died from jail fever, which is an assumption that consigns his death to the realm of ‘accident’ and which leaves Swift’s reputation unquestioned. This paper presents never-before-seen evidence suggesting that Harding, who had been due to appear in court, was the victim of a vicious beating ordered by the Lord Lieutenant, John Carteret, Swift’s friend, and carried out with tacit knowledge on Swift’s part. The evidence is seen by returning to the primary sources and discarding the assumption that Swift was without fear through these events. It is evidence that is clear and unmistakable and which overturns long-entrenched beliefs about the character of this canonical writer. 

About the Speaker: Craig Pett works in the educational publishing industry, as well as an independent journalist and researcher. Craig was the runner-up in the 2018 Thawley Spectator Australia essay competition. That essay as well as two subsequent articles appeared in The Spectator Australia and can be found on his blog. One of his research areas is eighteenth-century studies, in particular the Dublin printing scene during the years of Jonathan Swift’s Irish career. Craig studied law at The University of Adelaide and practised for a few years in Adelaide before moving to Melbourne. The title of his PhD thesis was “I am no inconsiderable Shop-Keeper in this Town. Swift and his Dublin Printers of the 1720’s: Edward Waters, John Harding and Sarah Harding”.The seminar will start at 6:30pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (Melbourne); 8.30pm New Zealand Daylight Time (Wellington); 7:30am Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin) This online seminar will be held via zoom

The zoom room will be open from 6.20 to allow everyone to get the technology sorted. Please put your microphone on mute for the duration of the talk. We will be taking questions via the chat function so you can type in your question anytime and the facilitator will ask the speaker the questions at the end of the talk.

We will also be recording the talk and all going well will be posting it to the ISAANZ website. 

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 MISS co-convenors: 
Philip Bull (La Trobe University)
Frances Devlin-Glass (Deakin University)
Dianne Hall (Victoria University) 
Ronan McDonald, (University of Melbourne)Elizabeth Malcolm (University of Melbourne)