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:


Hilary term 2008

Hilary Term 2008

Week Two – Thursday 24th January

'twxit life and death': Byron and the Sublime

Dr Philip Shaw, University of Leicester

Week Three – Thursday 31st January

Coleridge in 1798: Public Voices, Private Codes

Dr Benjamin Brice, University of Oxford  

Week Four – Thursday 7th February

The Theatricality of Politics: Caricaturing Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 1783-1816

David Francis Taylor, University of Cambridge

Week Five – Thursday 14th February
Coleridge and 'stylometric' software

Dr Peter Millican, University of Oxford

Week Six – Thursday 21st February

Coleridge and the ‘sentient brain’
Dr Huw Price

Week Seven – Thursday 28th February

How to be Irish in the 1790s:
Rewriting Lord Edward Fitzgerald, Reading The History of Ned Evans
Helena Kelly, University of Oxford 

Week Eight – Thursday 6th March

Hazlitt and 'disinterestedness'

Professor A.C. Grayling, Birkbeck College, University of London

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