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:


Francis Jeffrey (editor of Ed review) in Carlyle's Sartor Resartus

Week Four – Thursday 1st November
Francis Jeffrey in Carlyle's Sartor Resartus
Dr Will Christie, University of Sydney

Carlyle called Francis Jeffrey the greatest literary critic of his time and a "Scotch Voltaire". Dr Christie will be talking about Carlyle's representation of Francis Jeffrey, founder and editor of the Edinburgh review. Carlyle met and formed a friendship with Jeffrey during the lean-years spent in Scotland from 1826. His quasi-autobiographical Shandean parody of English empiricism, Sartor Resartus, was written in 1831 whilst living in Scotland before the move to London in 1834.
Dr Will Christie is author of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Literary Life (Basingstoke, Hants, and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). His current projects include:
  • A study of the Edinburgh Review in early nineteenth-century British culture and society
  • The life and correspondence of Francis Jeffrey and Thomas Carlyle
  • 'Eating Their Words': a study of literary influence
  • A literary biography of Dylan Thomas
All are more than welcome to join us for discussion in the Ferrar room, Hertford College, at 5.15 on Thursday of 4th week (1st November).

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