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

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

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.

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