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:



Welcome back to Romantic Realignments! The term's events will be released here very soon.

Below I post the papers given at Romantic Realignments in Trinity term 2009, since they are now relegated from "recently at Romantic Realignments" to the dusty depths of the archive.


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

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

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 clear universe of things around": Lucretius, Michel Serres, and Shelley's early poetry'
Heather Yeung

Week 7 – Thursday 11th June
''Upon the Spanish Mountains, Jerusalem': the role of St. Teresa of Avila in William Blake’s visual pilgrimage narratives'
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)