Posted on 13 June 2008
Professor John Barrell, of the Department of English and Related Literature and Co-director of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, receives the award today.
[the Honorary Degree is in recognition of Professor Barrell’s] extraordinary scholarly accomplishments....and his impact on our intellectual community
Robert J. Zimmer
The University of Chicago's President, Robert J. Zimmer, says the Honorary Degree is in recognition of Professor Barrell’s "extraordinary scholarly accomplishments, of the intensity of his ongoing productivity, and of his impact on our intellectual community."
President Zimmer added: "Although he began as a literary critic and historian in the early 1970s, his work began to embrace visual culture in a sustained consideration of the textures of eighteenth century culture, politics and representational forms.
"Since that time, in a series of path-breaking publications, his reach has extended to the law, colonialism, gender, geo-political landscape and urban planning, economics and the political contours of republicanism. Not only is the sweep magisterial in scope, John Barrell's contribution to each of these distinct areas of scholarly inquiry has been decisive."
Professor Barrell has been at York for 15 years, having taught at Essex, Cambridge and Sussex. His current projects are a book on the Royal Academy in the 1790s, and an edition of the political pamphlets of William Fox, co-edited with Tim Whelan of Georgia Southern University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the English Association.