The Stephen Copley Award enabled me to consult a range of eighteenth-century manuscripts located at the Gloucester Archives. The purpose of this research trip was to consult the papers of Elizabeth, Dowager Duchess of Beaufort (1713-99), to investigate whether she commissioned any significant architectural works during her widowhood (1756-1799). Significantly, when her brother Norborne Berkeley died in 1770, Elizabeth inherited Stoke Park (Bristol) which she adopted as her dower House. The manuscripts that I consulted at Gloucester related predominantly to her tenure of Stoke Park (1770-99) and luckily proved to be extremely fruitful.
At Gloucester I consulted accounts, correspondence, bills and disbursements which all supported my hypothesis that Elizabeth was an avid architectural patroness during her widowhood. I discovered evidence that proved that she redecorated her dower house at least three times during her tenure of Stoke, demonstrating that she was conscious of the latest aesthetic trends. She also commissioned a series of architectural improvements to the house ranging from the remodelling of the Dining Room, to the insertion of new water …read more
By danielcook by Daniel Cook (general ed.) with Tess Somervell and Brian Bates (guest eds) As part of this ongoing series on Teaching Romanticism we will consider the ways in which we lecture on and discuss individual authors, whether during author-specific modules or broader period surveys. I thought it would be particularly useful to hear about which texts […] …read more
The next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will be held on Friday 10 February 2017 in the Bloomsbury Room (G35) in Senate House, University of London, starting at 5.30. As our guest speaker, we are delighted to welcome Lynda Pratt, Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Nottingham, who will present a paper entitled Romanticism and the Culture of Non-Publication. This will be followed by a discussion and a wine reception, to which all are invited. Admission is free.
Lynda has published widely on Robert Southey and his circle, and was general editor of multi-volume editions of Southey’s Poetical Works (Pickering and Chatto, 2004 and 2012). She is currently a General Editor of The Collected Letters of Robert Southey, for which she has also edited or co-edited 5 parts to date. Published by Romantic Circles, the Collected Letters is one of the largest digital Romanticism projects currently in progress. When complete, it will make available edited and annotated texts of c. 7500 letters by Southey, the majority published for the first time. Parts 1-5 of the edition can be found at: www.rc.umd.edu/editions/southey_letters. Part 6, co-edited by Lynda, will be published online in February …read more
CfP for the Second International Conference of the John Thelwall Society which will be held in Derby in July 2017 (deadline 31 January).
Call for Papers:
John Thelwall: Radical Networks and Cultures of Reform 1780-1820
July 21-23, 2017
For its second international conference, the John Thelwall Society, in collaboration with the University of Derby, invites papers on Thelwall within interlinked regional networks of activism, sociability, dissent and reform in Britain 1780-1820.
Recent years have seen increased interest among scholars and local historians in the“conversable worlds” (Mee) of the Midlands Enlightenment and its groundbreaking intersections of politics and poetry, religion and science, doctors and dissenters, pedagogues and visionaries. As a radical polymath and itinerant lecturer, John Thelwall moved between and spoke to all of them, not only in the Midlands. From Devon to Wales, Norfolk to Scotland, Ireland to France, Roman history to elocution, he planted the liberty tree by other names, giving voice to hope and binding together scattered communities of reform. At a time of war and repression, in the face of nationalist dogma, Thelwall championed egalitarian connections and transnational solidarities that continue to offer a way forward in our own dark times (Poole).
Representative of these regional intellectual centres, Derby, the conference location, …read more
CALL FOR PAPERS: Romantik: Journal for the Study of Romanticisms, vol. 6.
The forthcoming 2017 issue welcomes all article submissions that fit within the general scope of the journal. See here for submission guidelines.
DEADLINE: 1 March 2017 (full articles).
Questions and article suggestions based on abstracts may be directed to Robert W. Rix.
Romantik: Journal for the Study of Romanticisms is a multi-disciplinary journal dedicated to the study of romantic modes of thought. The articles range over the full variety of cultural practices, including the written word, visual arts, history, philosophy, religion, music and theatre during the romantic period (c. 1780–1850). Since the romantic era was characterised by an emphasis on the vernacular, the title of the journal has been chosen to reflect the Germanic root of the word. We emphasise that the journal is interested in all European romanticisms – and not least the connections and disconnections between them – hence, the use of the plural in the subtitle.
Romantik is a double blind peer-reviewed academic journal, published once a year. The journal promotes innovative research across disciplinary borders. It aims to advance new historical discoveries, forward-looking theoretical insights and cutting-edge methodological approaches.
After my blog post reporting my year in Grasmere I return to share my year in Leeds. I am a collaborative doctoral award student which means I am partnered with two institutions: the University of Leeds and the Wordsworth Trust. Unlike 2015, when I was based in Grasmere and I used the archive, did community outreach and museum visitor services, my time in Leeds has been much more oriented towards finishing my thesis. Yet following on from the success of the public engagement project I delivered in Grasmere – where I read Wordsworth’s poetry with a number of different people to assess local attitudes and responses to the poet and his poetry – I decided to set up a similar project in Leeds.
From September to December I worked with two groups: primary school children from Shire Oak School in Headingley and older people from Caring Together in Woodhouse. Despite initial reservations and uncertainties, both groups embraced the poetry with huge enthusiasm. Every Thursday morning I went into Shire Oak School where I read Wordsworth’s poetry with Year 5 (9-10 year olds). The initial challenge was that unlike the children I read with in the …read more
By sarahsharp Over the past two years, the three researchers on the recently concluded Leverhulme Trust research project on the Lady’s Magazine at the University of Kent have studied and uncovered a previously inaccessible periodical archive of late-eighteenth-century and Romantic-era print culture. In this list, they suggest five resources that may be of use to researchers who […] …read more
The Huntington possesses a trove of images from the golden age of British caricature—most notably by artists Thomas Rowlandson (1756–1827) and Isaac Cruikshank (1764–1811). It also owns some gems by Robert Seymour (1798–1836), an illustrator whose fame grew around the time of Rowlandson’s death. Today, Seymour is probably best known as the illustrator of the […]