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:


Double bill this week!

Dear all,

This week Romantic Realignments presents a double bill! On our regular Thursday slot, 1st March, our very own Dr Fiona Stafford will speak on 'Wordsworth and the Ecchoing Wye'. Dr Stafford, recipient of the British Academy Prize, will be talking about her research into Wordsworth's 'Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey' and the literary significance of rivers; focusing on the difference between landscapes and places. We look forward to see you all there! 

Our second speaker for this week is Dr Marshall Brown, Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. We are extremely fortunate to have Dr Brown join us from overseas and offer to speak on to the title: 'The Voice of the Sod: Keats's Nightingale from Below'.

This talk will take place in our usual location, Seminar Room A, at 3:30pm this Friday, 2nd March. 

Wordsworth enthusiasts, Wye travellers, ornithologists, nature lovers and Keatsians alike - please feel free to come to one or both of these wonderful talks! Everyone welcome - we look forward to seeing you there! 


This Romantic Realignments, we will have the very distinguished Professor Frederick Burwick joining us from UCLA to speak about 'Shakespearean Pantomime: the Dumbshow of Kemble and Siddons'. 

We urge all interested to come along - you do not have to be a Romanticist or an English student! We hope to have a large turnout and welcome Fred in the UK. After the seminar, we will be convening for drinks and continued conversation at a local watering hole and invite all that wish to join us for dinner!

See you all tomorrow, 5:15pm in the English Faculty, Seminar Room A!