Romantic Realignments is one of the longest-running research seminars in Oxford.

Past speakers have included Marilyn Butler, Gerard Carruthers, David Chandler, Heather Glen, Paul Muldoon, Philip Shaw, Fiona Stafford and Peter Swaab, to name but a few.

All are very welcome to submit an abstract — we aim to provide a friendly 'workshop' setting in which speakers can try out new papers as well as more finished pieces, and in which lively discussion can flourish.

Held on Thursdays at 5.15pm, Seminar Room A, St Cross (English Faculty) Building.

If you would like to send us an abstract or suggest a speaker, please contact the current convenors Katherine Fender, Sarah Goode and Honor Rieley at:


Trinity term 2007

Romantic Realignments

Trinity Term 2007

Please note revised start time of 5 p.m.

Week One – Thursday 26th April

'There was no such thing as the Romantic symbol', from The Genealogy of the Romantic Symbol, forthcoming from OUP.

Professor Nicholas Halmi, University of Washington

Week Two – Thursday 3rd May

Jane Austen's Manuscripts: or, the real Secret of Style

Professor Kathryn Sutherland, St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford

Week Three – Thursday 10th May

Sublime landscapes and ancient traditions: Picturesque literary tourism in Scotland

Kristin Ott, University of St. Andrews

Week Four – Thursday 17th May

'Death in So Many Frightful Forms': The Sublime of Terror in the 1790s.

Joseph Crawford, St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford

Week Five – Thursday 24th May

Wordsworth and the Survival of Pastoral

Dr Fiona Stafford, Somerville College, University of Oxford

Week Six – Thursday 31st May Crime and Punishment: Jane Austen reads Charlotte Smith

Professor Jacqueline Labbe, University of Warwick

Week Seven – Thursday 7th June

'So you think you know all the right answers to all the right questions about Jane Austen's Emma?'

Arnie Perlstein, independent scholar from Florida. For more information see:

Week Eight – Thursday 14th June

‘Rehabilitating the ‘Bad’ Ancient: The Life and Times of Frederick Tatham, 1805-78’

Angus Whitehead, University of York

Meetings will be held from 5-6pm in Room 10 of the English Faculty. All are welcome to join us for discussion and refreshments.

If you are interested in presenting a 30-40 minute paper at the seminar please email:,, or

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