CFP: De Quincey at 200

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The Jerwood Centre at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, 13–14 May 2022

Keynote Lecture by Robert Morrison (Bath Spa University, British Academy Global Professor)

Deadline for proposals: 15 November 2021

In September and October 1821, the London Magazine published a remarkable text. Republished as a book in 1822, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater: Being an Extract from the Life of a Scholar was an instant sensation, launching its writer, Thomas De Quincey, on a long and richly varied career in literature. Negotiating between London and the Lakes, between prose and poetry, and between a dizzying range of discourses and disciplines, the Confessions invented the genre of addiction literature and redefined what it meant to write Romantic prose. Above all, through his Confessions, De Quincey asserted himself amongst the Lake Poets, particularly situating himself alongside and against Wordsworth and Coleridge.

To mark this singular text’s bicentennial, we invite papers for an international conference on De Quincey, his Confessions, and the Lake Poets. Suggested topics include:

• De Quincey on the Lake Poets/the Lake Poets on De Quincey

• De Quincey’s later oeuvre

• The literature of addiction

• Romantic (auto)biography

• The Confessions at 200 in light of other Romantic bicentennials

• Romantic essay writing: Charles …read more