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.

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Week 2 - "The Culture of the Copy in Irish Romanticism"

Professor Claire Connolly
(University College Cork)

For our second seminar of Trinity, we're delighted to be welcoming Professor Claire Connolly - Head of the School of English at University College Cork - who's visiting from Ireland to speak to us about the culture of the copy in Irish Romanticism. The cultural legacies of Irish Romanticism and its geographical range will be considered through the lens of book history, as detailed below:


Following closely in the footsteps of Edmund Burke’s defense of a politics founded on a specific, just, and timely engagement with a properly apprehended past, Irish novels realize, in a variety of registers, a set of affective attachments to the local, the material, and the ordinary. Even as they occupy themselves with histories of everyday life, however, Irish Romantic novels remain self-consciously absorbed with the complex historical and material processes whereby Irish life is realized within Anglophone print culture. This paper considers a particular interest in ideas of copies and copying in Irish writing and argues that a longer and more fluid conception of Irish romanticism emerges as a result of such a focus.

Join us tomorrow - same time, same place - for what promises to be a fascinating talk.  All are, as ever, most welcome to attend both the seminar and the wine reception that follows; we warmly encourage you to do so.

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