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 eight: Wordsworth and Blake

This week's a double bill at the same bargain price of £0.00:

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

All are welcome to join us!


Professor Marc Porée: Byron's North-West Passage

Week Seven – Thursday 22nd November, 5.15 Ferrar room, Hertford college.
From Literature to Philosophy: Byron's "North-West Passage" (Don Juan, XIII, 39)
Professor Marc Porée, L'Université de Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle)John Sackheouse "First Communication with the Natives of Prince Regents Bay, as drawn by John Sackheouse and presented to Capt. Ross, Augt. 10, 1818." (Colored aquatint)

Professor Porée's interests are incredibly varied. His main research areas are Romanticism and contemporary British and postcolonial literature. In the field of Romanticism he has written a book about de Quincey and worked on Byron, Keats, and Burns among others. In other areas he's written a book on Salman Rushdie and worked on Kazuo Ishiguro and Graham Swift. He has coedited a collected edition of Robert Louis Stevenson translations for the prestigious Pleiade collection and translated texts by, amongst others, Stevenson and Conrad.
All are welcome!


Week Six – Thursday 15th November

JudWeek 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

Judith Thompson calls Thelwall “the silenced partner” of Wordsworth and Coleridge. As well as writing poetry and generically experimental prose he was one of the most important and prominent radical leaders, and one of those charged with high treason in 1794. His politics took many forms including, arguably, his contribution to medical debate about the “vital spirits”.

All are welcome to join us for discussion.

Ferrar room, Hertford College 5.15, Thursday 15th November


Week five -Charles Lamb and Colonial Australia

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

David Higgins is author of Romantic Genius and the Literary Magazine: Biography, Celebrity, Politics (Routledge, 2005) and
Frankenstein: Character Studies (Continuum, forthcoming in 2008).