CFP: Table Talks 2 – New Approaches to Romantic Studies and Society

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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 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!