Online Workshop: The Gothic Women Writers of the Minerva Press

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An Online Workshop for Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers

Monday 28th February, 1pm – 2:30pm GMT (WORKSHOP POSTPONED DUE TO UCU STRIKE ACTION – NEW DATE 10 MARCH 5pm-6:30pm GMT)

In recent years there has been a considerable rise in scholarly interest around William Lane’s Minerva Press, exemplified by the recent special issue of Romantic Intertextualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840 (2020) and the publication of Elizabeth Neiman’s Minerva’s Gothics: The Politics and Poetics of Romantic Exchange, 1780-1820 (2019). While many of the Press’ gothic women writers remain in obscurity due to the reputation of Lane’s Press as a ‘factory of cheap, formulaic novels’, reclaiming these women can in fact contribute to new formations of the Romantic canon, in turn destabilising the gendered binaries that persist within evaluations of what constitutes literary value (Neiman, p.1). As Kathleen Hudson notes in her introduction to Women’s Authorship and the Early Gothic: Legacies and Innovations(2020): ‘in seeking new paths into the gothic, we must remember that the mode itself is a study of lost, hidden and marginalised voices’ (p.18).

This PGR/ECR online workshop offers a panel of speakers focusing on ‘the hidden and marginalised voices’ of Minerva Press and raises the question: why reclaim Minerva’s gothic fiction now? Participants will have the opportunity to contribute their ideas to an informal discussion regarding the Minerva Press and its place within studies of Romanticism and the gothic. A key quotes sheet and bibliography will be circulated in advance of the event.


13:00-13:10 – Welcome

13:10-13:50 – Flash talks from panel (Beth Brigham, Colette Davies and Fern Pullan) 

13:50-14:00 – Q&A

14:00-14:30 – Roundtable Discussion 

To register click here