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:


Michaelmas 2007

Michalemas 2007

Week Two – Thursday 18th October
A quest for honour in the Age of Reason: the Pre-Byronic experience of
volunteers in the Peninsular War (1808-1813)
Graciela Iglesias Rogers, University of Oxford

Week Three – Thursday 25th October
Romantic Masculinities
Professor John Whale, University of Leeds

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

Week Five – Thursday 8th November
'Inauspicious unliterary THIEFLANDS': Charles Lamb, Barron Field and
Colonial Australia
Dr David Higgins, University of Leeds

Week Six – Thursday 15th November
“Now is the time to cherish a glowing energy that may rouse into action
every nerve and faculty of the mind”: John Thelwall, Radical Anatomist
Mary Fairclough, University of York

Week Seven – Thursday 22nd November
From Literature to Philosophy: Byron's "Northwest Passage" (Don Juan,
XIII, 39)
Professor Marc Poree, L'Université de Paris III

Week Eight – Thursday 29th November
The Embarrassment of Methodist Enthusiasm in Wordsworth's 'Peter Bell'
Helen Boyle, Open University

Blake and the Virgin Mary
Michael Farrell, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

Meetings will be held from 5:15-6:45pm in the Ferrar Room, Hertford
College. 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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