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:


Trinity Term 2009

The seminar will meet every Thursday during term, 5:15 – 6:45 pm, in the Ferrar Room, Hertford College.

Week 1 – Thursday 30th April
'Truth and Reality in Byron's Don Juan'
Dr Nicholas Halmi (University College, Oxford)

Week 2 – Thursday 7th May
James Baxendine (Magdalen College, Oxford)
'Keats reading Catullus - a glance into Cockney Classicism'
Henry Stead
(St Hilda's College, Oxford and the Open University)

Week 3 – Thursday 14th May
'"May JOHN look on PAT as his brother": The Stage Irishman in the 1790s'
Dr David O’Shaughnessy (Linacre College, Oxford)

Week 4 – Thursday 21st May
'"Lost in Stormy Visions": Shelley's Adonais and The Triumph of Life'
Prof. Michael O'Neill (Durham University)

Week 5 – Thursday 28th May
'Playing with Sorcery after the Tales of 1001 Nights'
Prof. Marina Warner (University of Essex)

Week 6 – Thursday 4th June
'Romantic Ruin: Dwelling in the Time of Waste'
Will Viney (The London Consortium)
'"The clear universe of things around": Lucretius, Michel Serres, and Shelley's early poetry'
Heather Yeung (Durham University)

Week 7 – Thursday 11th June
'The Road to Ruins: relics, pilgrimage, and the Romantic imagination'
Kathryn Barush (Wadham College, Oxford)
'"I will write a book on leaves of flowers":
Hermeneutics and Blake’s Ecopoetics'
Devin Zuber (University of Osnabrück, Germany)

Week 8 – Thursday 18th June
'On Byron, editing and exile'
Dr Jane Stabler (University of St Andrews)


William Blake in Paris

Click on the link above for information about the exhibition.

For more Blake-related events (Conferences at the College de France, BlakeConference on June 5th-6th at the English Department of Paris VIIuniversity), as well as contacts in Paris, please email or


Romantic Graduate Forum: Michaelmas Term Call for Papers

Tuesdays of Weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 of Michaelmas Term
5.30-7.30pm The Bajpai Room, Balliol College

Romantic Graduate Forum invites proposals for papers for the Michaelmas Term schedule. RGF provides an arena for postgraduates to try out ideas, prepare for conferences and discuss their work in progress. Papers on all topics bearing on the field are welcome and should be around 20 minutes; please contact either James Baxendine ( or Anna Camilleri ( with a title and short summary of your topic.