2014-15 (archive)

Michaelmas Term

The long-running Romantic Realignments Seminar has a new, streamlined identity as the ‘Romanticism Research Seminar’, not to mention an exciting and more central location at Lincoln College!

The seminar will be held at 5.30 pm in the Turl Yard lecture hall, Lincoln College, on the following Mondays:

Week 3 (27 Oct.): Prof. Lucy Newlyn interviewed by Prof. Nicholas Halmi about her recently published dual biography of Dorothy and William Wordsworth.

Week 5 (10 Nov.): novelist Ben Markovits, author of A Quiet Adjustment and other novels inspired by Lord Byron’s life (his Faber webpage describes him as having “left an unpromising career as a professional basketball player to study the Romantics”).

Week 7 (24 Nov.): Dr Erica McAlpine (Robin Geffen Career Development Fellow in English, Keble College) and Heather Stone (DPhil student in English, St Edmund Hall).

For paper proposals and queries, please contact the current seminary convenors: Prof. Nicholas Halmi & Prof. Fiona Stafford

Hilary Term

Monday, 19 Jan (week 1):
Dr Timothy Michael (Oxford), “The Government of the Tongue: Godwin’s Linguistic Turns” — joined by a special guest speaker, Prof. James Engell (Harvard)

Monday, 2 Feb (week 3):
Prof. Christoph Bode (LMU Munich and St Catherine’s College, Oxford): “Byron’s Disorientations”

Monday, 2 March (week 7):
Dr Jamie Castell (Cardiff), “Lyric and the Inhuman in Wordsworth’s ‘To a Skylark'”

Trinity Term

Week One – Paul Kerry, ‘ “A new planet in the intellectual heavens”: Carlyle’sGerman Romantic Decade’

Week Three – Nick Groom, ‘The Street to Mount Abora: Subcultures and Subversions’

Week Five – Theresa M. Kelley, ‘Raynal’s Global Futures (or, Big History Takes aFall)’

Week Seven – Tom Clucas, ‘Inner Reform:  The Uses of Solitude in Wordsworth’s Excursion’  & Adam Bridgen, ‘ “His independent, sentimental, soul!”: James Woodhouse’s Crispinus Scriblerus and the Plebeian Politics of Slavery in the 1790s’

For paper proposals and queries, please contact the current seminar convenors: Prof. Nicholas Halmi & Prof. Fiona Stafford