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The University of Southampton

New perspectives on Romantic Studies

Published: 14 April 2011Origin: English
William Wordsworth by B.R. Haydon

The University of Southampton has been chosen to host a prestigious multi-disciplinary conference on Romantic Studies.

Up to 200 international scholars are expected at Avenue Campus for the four-day British Association for Romantic Studies event in July 2013.

The conference will examine the period 1780-1830 and invite contributions from leading historians and musicologists as well as specialists in Romantic literature.

“We are delighted the British Association for Romantic Studies has elected to hold this agenda-setting gathering at the Faculty of Humanities,” says Dr Stephen Bygrave.

“This is a major biennial event for scholars of the Romantic period in literature, history, philosophy and music. Following our theme of 'Romantic Imports and Exports', we will look beyond British Romanticism towards the expansion of ideas and cross-cultural exchange, at literatures other than English in Britain and consider the fate of British Romantic writing and thought in Europe and the United States.”

Dr Gillian Dow adds: “We look forward to discussing wider aspects of the Romantic movement. Naturally, there will be papers on the ‘Big Six’ Romantic poets Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Byron, Shelley and Keats, but we will also be hearing new research on topics of increasing interest to Romanticists. We will encourage papers on the eighteenth-century novel, women’s writing in all genres, magazine culture, and other aspects of the literature and culture of the period.”

The bid for the conference was won by Stephen and Gillian through the Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and with the support of Steve Lawrence, who heads Chawton House Library.

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