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Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research

1845: lives and letters in “that prodigious year" Seminar

16:00 - 18:00
6 November 2019
Building 58, Room 1007 (L/RC) Highfield Campus University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Aude Campmas at .

Event details

Part of the 2019-20 seminar series

In this paper Michael describes the process of planning and developing his latest book project, a work in progress. Although problems associated with Ireland, poverty, religion and the railways recurred throughout 1845, they came to a head at different times, and this is reflected in the sequence of chapters in the book. Commentary on these crises took many forms, ranging from speeches in parliament and political pamphlets to tracts and sermons, novels and poems, paintings and cartoons, essays in periodicals, articles in newspapers, letters to newspaper editors, and private correspondence. Through a communication revolution enabled by the rapid growth of the railway network and the introduction of the Uniform Penny Post, the exchange of news and ideas quickened. 1845 considers the impact of this revolution on a wide range of influential individuals in their private and public lives.

Speaker information

Professor Michael Wheeler, University of Southampton. Visiting Professor of English

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