In the early eighteenth century, the south-west of England was still a remote and little-visited area. Exeter, which in 1700 was still one of the largest and richest cities in England, served as the regional capital, separated from London by a hundred and fifty miles of famously terrible West Country roads which took four days to traverse by coach. Throughout the century, the most gifted writers born in the region – John Gay, Hannah Cowley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge – headed to London to seek their fortunes; but the printing and book-selling trades flourished in Exeter, and by the 1780s the city could boast a well-established local literary culture, with Devonshire doctors, clergymen, officers, Dissenters, and in one case even an Exmoor wool-comber coming to Exeter to have their writings printed and sold. In this seminar, I shall
By Anthony Mandal It’s not often that you get the chance to go to a conference which will involve a trip to the pier, a day spent at one of Wales’ national treasures, and introductions to several undeservedly-forgotten Romantic-era novelists. Four Nations Fiction: Women and the Novel, 1780-1830 brought together scholars from across all four nations in a […]
By Katherine Fender
Professor David Bromwich (Yale University) – ‘Romanticism, Justice, and the Idea of the Nation’
Wednesday 23 October, 5:15pm, Seminar Room A, St Cross Building
We’re delighted to welcome Professor David Bromwich from Yale University this week, who has very kindly agreed to speak at Romantic Realignments while he is here in Oxford giving the Clarendon Lectures.
Ahead of Wednesday’s seminar, David has provided a short list of readings for those who would like to consider some – or all – of the main texts we’ll be focusing on during the session:
– Richard Price, Discourse on the Love of our Country
– William Hazlitt, On Patriotism
– William Wordsworth, ‘I grieved for Buonaparte’; ‘To Toussaint L’Ouverture’; ‘When I have borne in memory’; ‘To Thomas Clarkson’
– Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address
This promises to be a great opportunity for informal discussion, questions and thoughts to thrive; all are warmly encouraged to attend. Hope to see lots of you then!
The second workshop of the Creative Communities network, ‘Metropolitan Institutions’, took place at UCL on 20th and 21st September.
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As the photographs here illustrate, the event was lively and productive, drawing academic participants from Universities in the UK and North America, as well as from cultural institutions such as the National Gallery, the Tate and the Royal Asiatic Society. A report on the day by Matthew Ward (University of St Andrews), recipient of one of two Creative Communities Postgraduate Bursaries, is available below:
Metropolitan Institutions – Matthew Ward’s Report
Network members (and non-members!) may be interested in the newly relaunched Virtual Library System of Dissenting Academies Online.
The Virtual Library System is a union catalogue which represents the holdings and loans of selected dissenting academies in England in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Since there are a whole load of deadlines coming up in the next few weeks, I thought it’d be useful to put together a list of conferences currently seeking papers, with links to the full CfPs These are given in deadline order (not long for BSECS now…):
BSECS 2014: Pleasures and Entertainments, St Hugh’s College Oxford, 8-10 January 2014 – Deadline 20th October.
NASSR 2014: Romantic Organizations, Washington D.C., 10-13 July 2013 – Deadline for special sessions 1 November, for abstracts 17 January 2014.
Romantic Locations (BARS Early Career and Postgraduate Conference), Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, 19-21 March 2014 – Deadline 15th November.
Ann Radcliffe at 250: Gothic and Romantic Imaginations, University of Sheffield, 27-29 June 2014 – Deadline 30th November.
Coleridge Summer Conference, Cannington, 28 July-1 August 2014 – Deadline 30th November.
Romantic Connections, University of Tokyo, 13-15 June 2014 – Deadline 30th November.
John Keats and his Circle, Keats House, Hampstead, London, 2-4 May 2014 – Deadline 1st December.
Romanticism and Self-Destruction, University of Bristol, 9 May 2014 – Deadline 1st December.
BSLS Conference 2014, University of Surrey, Guildford, 10-12 April 2014 – Deadline 6th December.