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:


The Eidophusikon – An Eighteenth-Century Attempt at Virtual Reality

The Eidophusikon – An Eighteenth-Century Attempt at Virtual Reality
Mr Robert Poulter, New Model Theatre (
2 Dec., 2008, 2nd Floor, LittlegateHouse, St Ebbes (lecture theatre)


Poetry Reading 11th November 2008

7pm The OCR, Balliol College

Award-winning poets Jamie McKendrick and Michael O'Neill will be reading from
their recent collections of poetry: Crocodiles & Obelisks and Wheel. All are welcome.

Michaelmas Term 2008

Romantic Realignments meets every Thursday of Full Term in the Ferrar Room of Hertford College, from 5:15-6:45pm. All are very welcome.

Week 1 – Thursday 16th October

‘The Cult of the Duke of Wellington: From Romantic Hero to Upright Victorian’
Belinda Beaton (St Peter’s College, Oxford)

Week 2 – Thursday 23rd October

‘Shelley, Said and Secularism’
Professor Colin Jager (Rutgers University)

Week 3 – Thursday 30th October

‘Charles Lamb and the Alchemy of the Streets’
Dr Gregory Dart (University College, London)

Week 4 – Thursday 6th November

'Edmund Burke and the Epicurean Sublime'
Dr Paddy Bullard (St Catherine's College, Oxford)

Week 5 – Thursday 13th November

'Arresting the Peasant: John Clare and satire'
Dr Simon Kövesi (Oxford Brookes University)

Week 6 – Thursday 20th November

‘"With us, the two sexes associate together": philosophical history, the Gothic, and British Orientalisms’
Dr James Watt (University of York)

Week 7 – Thursday 27th November

‘The Byron that People Saw’
William St Clair (Trinity College, Cambridge)

Week 8 – Thursday 4th December

‘"Thou shalt not set up Wordsworth": Byron's Poetics of Conflict’
Maddy Callaghan (Durham University)

‘Byron, Auden and "the infinite I AM"’
Anna Camilleri (Balliol College, Oxford)