Wednesday 16th June 2021
Table Talks’, interactive workshops linked to the AHRC-funded project ‘The Romantic Ridiculous’, will continue in 2021 with a mixture of lightning talks, Q&A, and conversation – this time with a focus on Romantic Studies and the idea of ‘society’, broadly considered.
Join Dr Andrew McInnes and Dr Felicity James for an exploration of Romantic-period conversation, collaboration, and creativity.
We seek close readings of any aspect of ‘society’ related to Romanticism. This might include, but is not limited to:
• Representations of the city, urban space, the home, and/or domesticity
• Representations of work, labour, and/or economy
• Representations of conversation, collaboration, and/or friendship
• Explorations of genres representing society, for example, Gothic fiction, silver fork
novels, journalistic and/or satirical material
• Explorations of the anti-social
We invite postgraduate and early career researchers to pitch a literary text to close read alongside our selections. This close reading does not have to be linked to ‘The Romantic Ridiculous’ project but should lead to a discussion of a new perspective on Romantic Studies and society.
We have 5 x £100 bursaries for successful pitches. A virtual reading pack will be sent out before the event and successful applicants will be expected to lead an informal discussion of their chosen text.
Please send a pitch including a literary text of ca. 1000 words (which may comprise a 1000-word extract from a longer text or complete texts of 1000 words or less) with a 250-word rationale for its inclusion to Andrew.McInnes@edgehill.ac.uk by Wednesday 17th March 2021.
The ‘Table Talk’ will be open to all and we invite you to attend an exciting online discussion of new approaches to Romantic Studies and society!