Romantic Locations Programme

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The basic text of the programme for Romantic Locations is reproduced below for your perusal.  The full version, in all its carefully-formatted glory, can be downloaded from the BARS website.

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The Early Careers and Postgraduate Conference for The British Association for Romantic Studies


At Dove Cottage and the Jerwood Centre, Grasmere


Wednesday 19th March

1200: Those who have requested transfers will be picked up from Windermere Station.

1300 – 1345: Tea and Registration (at the Jerwood Centre)

1345 – 1400: Welcome

1400 – 1630: Afternoon Sessions

Panel One: ‘That’s the Spot?’

  • Kate Ingle (Lancaster) – Personal Place-names and Dorothy Wordsworth’s Writing of Grasmere
  • Helen-Frances Pilkington (Birkbeck) – ‘Plead for thy peace, thou beautiful romance / of nature’: Wordsworth’s opposition to the Kendal and Windermere Railway
  • Polly Atkin (Lancaster) – ‘Most Constant and Most Fickle Place!’: rethinking Wordsworth’s local poetry

Panel Two: ‘Complicating Romantic Space’

  • Daniel Eltringham (Birkbeck) – The Cumbrian Exception: upland enclosure, ‘Michael’ and anti-pastoral’
  • Lucy Johnson (Chester) – ‘Vexed Perspectives: Troubling the Aesthetics of Space in History of a Six Weeks’ Tour
  • Anna P.H. Geurts (Sheffield) – Un-Romantic Locations: the common view

1630  – 1700: Tea

1700 – 1815: Early Evening Session

Panel Three ‘Getting out of Britain’

  • Alexis Wolf (Birkbeck) – Taking Root Abroad: The Life Writing of Katherine Wilmot and her Contemporaries
  • Honor Rieley (Oxford) – Unromantic Location?: Representing Emigration to Canada in the Early Nineteenth Century
  • George Stringer (Keele) – A Place in the Sun: relocating the Self in eighteenth-century representations of India

1815 – 1915: Plenary Lecture

Professor Simon Bainbridge (Lancaster) – The Summit of British Romanticism

1915: Drinks Reception (Dove Cottage Museum)

2000: Walk to Thorney How, for dinner at 2030.


Thursday 20th March:

0930 – 1045: Morning Session

Panel Four: ‘Imagination and Reality’

  • Thomas Tyrrell (York) – The map, the territory, and the small cloud between Scafell and Great Gavel
  • Serena Trowbridge (Birmingham City) – ‘Each in his narrow cell’: Graveyard locations and the Poetry of Mortality
  • Lawrence Yoneta (Bristol) – Shelley’s Grecian Inspiration from Italian Experience

1045 – 1115: Tea

1115 – 1230: Morning Session

Panel Five: ‘Selves and Others’

  • Enit K. Steiner (Université de Lausanne) – Jane Austen’s Persuasion: Moving well in the drawing-room, moving well in the city
  • Leanne Stokoe (Newcastle) – ‘The Misguided Imaginations of Men’: Adam Smith, Jeremy Bentham and the Principle of Self in Shelley’s Speculations on Morals and Metaphysics
  • Philip Aherne (King’s College London) – Incomplete Communion: The Reception of the Conversation Poem

1230 – 1330: Manuscripts Presentation

Jeff Cowton – The Potential of the Wordsworth Trust’s Collections

Jeff will outline the vast array of resources available for researchers at Dove Cottage and the Jerwood Centre, and show us a rare glimpse of some of Wordsworth’s original manuscripts.

1330 – 1415: Lunch

1415 – 1530: Seminars

Jeremy Davies (Leeds) – A Winter in Utopia: Shelley at Tremadoc

Helen Stark (Newcastle) – Locating the Nation in William Godwin’s Essay on Sepulchres

Christopher Donaldson (Lancaster) – Romantic Borderlands: Scott and the Solway Coast

1530 – 1645: Afternoon Session

Panel Six: ‘Nations’

  • Katherine Fender (Oxford) – Wordsworth, Wanderings and the Welsh Sublime
  • Julia Coole (Keele) – Scott and the Production of Scotland
  • Li-hsin Hsu (National Chengchi University, Taiwan) – Wordsworth and the American lakes

1645 – 1715: Tea

1715 – 1830: Early Evening Session

Panel Seven: ‘Literary and Institutional Networks’

  • Emma Curran (Surrey) – Placing Ann Batten Cristall in the Johnson Circle
  • Gordon Bottomley (Lancaster) – Locating Joanna: William Wordsworth and the youngest Hutchinson sister
  • Helen Williams (Northumbria) – Writers’ Houses and Romantic Literary Tourism

2000: Dinner at Traveller’s Rest Pub, for those who have booked in advance


Friday 21st March

0930 – 1045: Morning Session

Panel Eight: ‘Borderlands’

  • Shoshannah Bryn Jones Square (Oxford) – The ‘Lulling Medicine’ of the Natural World: The Blessing of Place in Mary Shelley’s Matilda
  • Hannah Britton (University of St Andrews) – ‘Beside the Portal Doors’: Between Place and Space in the Poetry of John Keats
  • Joanna Taylor (Keele) – Drawing the boundaries round the ‘co-existent multitude’: the Coleridges’ poetics of space

1045 – 1115: Tea

1115 – 1230: Morning Session

Panel Nine: ‘Splendid Prospects’

  • Rebecca Ladds (Nottingham) – Shattered Castles to Mountain Sides: The Boundless Space of Byron’s Closet Dramas
  • Colleen English (University College Dublin) – Romanticism and Irish Topography: Mary Tighe’s Killarney Sonnets
  • Carolyn Dougherty (York) – Text and materiality at Hardwick Park, County Durham

1230 – 1300: Presentation

Newcastle University students will present work they have done at the Jerwood Centre, demonstrating the kinds of opportunities available to research students.

1300 – 1345: Lunch

1345 – 1500: Afternoon Session

Panel Ten: ‘Representing the Romantic City’

  • Craig Lamont (Glasgow) – The Course of the Clyde: Reading Change in Georgian Glasgow Poetry
  • Tristan Burke (Manchester) – Byron’s Don Juan, London by Lamplight and the Textual City
  • Mary Shannon (Roehampton) – London’s Romantic Strand and the Business of Amusing the Public

1500 – 1600: Plenary Lecture

Professor Nicola Watson (Open University) – Dorothy Wordsworth’s shoes and other rituals of romantic location

1615: Pick-up time for those taking the conference transport to Windermere Station.