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:


Week Six -Professor Jacqueline Labbe

Week Six – Thursday 31st May

Crime and Punishment: Jane Austen reads Charlotte Smith.

Professor Jacqueline Labbe, University of Warwick

Professor Labbe's latest book,
Charlotte Smith: Romanticism, poetry and the culture of gender was published by Manchester University Press in 2003. She has published Romantic Visualities: Landscape, Gender and Romanticism (Macmillan, 1998), The Romantic Paradox: Violence, Death, and the Uses of Romance, 1760-1830 (Macmillan, 2000), and an edition of Charlotte Smith's novel The Old Manor House (Broadview, 2002). She has also written on Mary Robinson, Priscilla Wakefield, S.T. Coleridge, Lewis Carroll, and other authors.


Week Five -Dr Fiona Stafford on Wordsworth

Week Five – Thursday 24th May

Wordsworth and the Survival of Pastoral

Dr Fiona Stafford, Somerville College, University of Oxford

Room 10, Oxford English Faculty 5-6.30


Week Four -Thursday 17th May

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

Room 10, Oxford University English Faculty, 5-6.30 p.m.


Week three -Kristen Ott, University of St Andrews

Week Three – Thursday 10th May

Sublime landscapes and ancient traditions: Picturesque literary tourism in Scotland

Kristin Ott, University of St. Andrews

Room 10, English Faculty, Oxford University. 5-6.30 p.m.


2nd week: Professor Kathryn Sutherland

Thursday 2nd week -3rd May, 2007

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

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

Room 10 of the English Faculty 5 till 6.30 p.m.

For more information about Professor Sutherland's new book see: