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Aggregated blogs on Romantic Studies – please click through to read full posts.

William Blake’s Cottage Virtual Tour

By dustinfrazierwood

The Big Blake Project, based in Bognor Regis, has released an online virtual tour of William Blake’s Cottage in Felpham, West Sussex, where William and Catherine Blake lived between the Septembers of 1800 and 1803.

Using 360° photography, the tour provides an immersive experience designed to be viewed via virtual reality goggles, but can be accessed on a web browser on any computer, tablet or smartphone.

The tour includes six viewing zones: four rooms and the stairwell inside the house, and the garden. Each area is populated with images from Blake’s works. Those inside the house are all related to his time in Felpham; those in the garden reflect Blake’s interest in the pastoral.

Each zone in the tour also features musical settings of Blake’s poetry, composed by Lucien Posman, by kind permission of the composer.

An introduction to each zone explains the theme and its relevance to Blake’s time in Felpham. Viewers can also read more about selected images that appear in each zone.

The tour was commissioned by the Big Blake Project; it was produced by photographer Jason Hedges, and curated by Naomi Billingsley. The project was jointly funded by the Big Blake Project and a grant from West Sussex County …read more


“A Sparrow has been vexed”

By The Keats Letters Project Brandi George, et al. The University of Southern Mississippi Re: Keats’s 28 September 1817 letter to Benjamin Robert Haydon (and Re: all other 1817 letters) We present a special treat for you today, a collaborative creative response to today’s letter to Haydon. We all know the KLP plays with temporality, right? A couple days here,… “A Sparrow has been vexed” …read more


London-Paris Romanticism Seminar, Diego Saglia, Friday 20 October 2017, Senate House, London


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The first seminar in the 2017-18 series of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will take place on Friday 20 October 2017 at 5.30 in the Court Room (first floor) at Senate House, University of London. To launch the new series, we are delighted to welcome Diego Saglia, Professor of English Literature at the University of Parma and a leading international scholar of Romanticism. His talk, entitled The Cross-Channel Stage: Transnational Theatre in the Age of Romanticism, will be followed by a discussion and an extended wine reception. As a special guest at the launch, we will also be joined by Marc Porée, the Paris Director of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar.

As with all our events, the seminar is free and open to everyone, including postgraduates and members of the public. No registration is necessary. The seminar and wine reception are an opportunity for Romanticists to meet one another, talk to our international visitors and find out more about this research forum and other related series and conferences.

Our speaker, Diego Saglia, is a well-known figure in British and European Romanticist circles, having taken his PhD at Cardiff University before returning to his native Italy, where he is now Professor of …read more


David Bowie and Romanticism

By Lynn Shepherd


By Matthew Sangster, Emily Bernhard Jackson, Joanna Taylor and Beatrice Turner

In thinking about the developments of the Romantic period, scholars often place a great deal of emphasis on examining works’ receptions around the time of their original composition or publication. However, in re-inscribing the importance of Romantic-period developments, it is important to acknowledge the continuing power that Romantic authors and works exert in the present, where they continue to foster moments of inspiration, re-engagement and reconfiguration. As the Wordsworth Trust’s ongoing work demonstrates, Romanticism is in many respects a movement that continues to happen, shaping the ways in which we think about nature, consciousness, art and selfhood. While the ideas developed by writers like William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, Jane Austen and John Clare have been altered and modified in the centuries since their deaths, their influences linger on in modern art in diffuse but potent manners.

Our panel at the British Association for Romantic Studies conference sought to explore these enduring patterns of influence by focusing on an artist who seemed to us to be both powerfully inspired by elements of Romanticism and capable of realising new aspects of its potential. If the rock stars …read more