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:


>>No Realignment this week. Get your Romantic Fix at 10am

Kate Barush on 'Blake's Illuminated Manuscripts'
10am Thursday 3 June, English Faculty, LT2

Blake printed his poetry in a unique, striking, and beautiful manner, and the experience of his works as artefacts and artistic productions as well as text is crucial to understanding them. This lecture will introduce and explain the methods through which Blake produced his illuminated books and their importance to his mythopoesis, as well as providing the interpretative tools necessary to discuss and analyse Blake's unique composite art. Blake's artistic background and training will be explained, key works examined, and his oppositional iconography and stylistic devices explored. This will be an engaging and valuable session to those interested in Blake and/or illuminated texts.


>>Week 5: Female Crusoes

Carl Thompson from Nottingham Trent University is coming to give a paper called 'Female Crusoes: Tracing a Minor Literary Motif, and its Feminist and Anti-Feminist Implications, across the 18th and early 19th Centuries'

See you there


>>Week 4: Pugin and the Gothic - Rosemary Hill - All Souls, Oxford.

This week Rosemary Hill will give a paper entitled:

"To Stones a Moral Life', Pugin and the Gothic."

This paper will be on Pugin, whose work, Rosemary argues, brought a romantic sensibility, belatedly, to architecture.

All welcome as always.


>>Week 3 - Romantic Beauty

"The Persistence of Romantic Beauty." By Dr Matthew Scott, Reading University.


>>Week 2 - Shelley's "Familiar Style"

Come to listen to Dr. Tony Howe's paper on:

‘Shelley's “familiar style”’.

HILARY TERM '10 (for the record)


28 January. Catherine Alexander, The Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham. 'Elizabeth Montagu: a connected life.'

4 Feb: Dr Helena Kelly, University of Oxford. 'Austen and the enclosure movement or, Why does Knightley want to marry Emma?'

11 Feb: Dr Greg Leadbetter, Oxford Brookes University. 'Looking for "another God": Coleridge's "The Wanderings of Cain."'

18 Feb: Dr Emily Bernhard Jackson, Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge. 'Melancholy, Sex, and Bloodsuckers: A History of Lord Byron's Image'.

25 Feb: Dr Chris Reid (Queen Mary, University of London)

4 March: Prof Philip Shaw (Univeristy of Leicester)-'Suffering and Sentiment in Romantic Military Art'

11 March: Dr Tilottama Rajan (University of Western Ontario) "Whose Text?: Godwin's Editing of Wollstonecraft's The Wrongs of Women."