Category Archives: English Faculty Events

*Romanticism and the Experience of Experiment* (CRASSH Seminar)

The final seminar of the CRASSH series Rethinking Life will be taking place on Wednesday 10 June, 4pm – 6pm, in Room S1 of the Alison Richard Building.

Robert Mitchell (Professor of English, Duke University) will be speaking via video link on ‘Romanticism and the Experience of Experiment’.

Open to all. No registration required.

Graduate Seminar

Changes to the Graduate Seminar timetable for Lent 2015:

Shahidha Bari’s paper, ‘Listening for Leila: The Re-direction of Desire in Byron’s The Giaour‘, which was originally scheduled for the 26th February, has had to be postponed until the next academic year.

The last Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Research Seminar of this term will therefore be this Thursday, the 12th February. Tess Somervell will be speaking on ‘The Temporal Structure of Wordsworth’s Spots of Time’. All are welcome.

See the Graduate Seminar page for more details.

Call for Papers: Graduate Conference 2015

The call for papers for Cambridge’s annual Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference is now available. Please visit the Graduate Conference page for all the details, as well as the conference website.

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference 2014
‘Jargon of Men and Things’: Production and Consumption in the Long Eighteenth Century
Saturday, 18th April, 2015
Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

External Respondent: Dr Corinna Wagner (University of Exeter)

Papers from any disciplinary perspective would be welcome on any aspect of the conference theme.
Topics might include (but are not limited to):

– Concepts of appetite and taste
– Literary and artistic creation/reception
– Celebrity and canonicity
– Print culture and the material book
– Objects, hybrids and the non-human
– Luxury, excess, waste
– Trade, colonialism, the exotic
– Categories of identity such as gender, race, class, sexuality, disability

Please email proposals of no more than 400 words to The deadline for the submission of proposals is March 15, 2015. Registration for attendance will close on the morning of Saturday, 11th April.

The Passions and the Performance of Shakespeare


The first meeting of the Faculty Reading Group in Performance will take place on Monday 3rd November, 4:00pm-5.30pm, in the Boardroom.

James Harriman-Smith, a member of the Research Group for Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies, will be giving a paper entitled: ‘Feeling between the Lines: The Passions and Performance of Shakespeare’. He will be focussing particularly on eighteenth-century theories of stage emotion.

The text for discussion will be: Hoxby, Blair, “What Was Tragedy? The World We Have Lost, 1550–1795.” Comparative Literature 64.1 (2012): 1–32.

The text is available on Moodle to members of Cambridge University. You can email Helen Murphy if you don’t already have access to Moodle, to be provided with a login to download the text.

(The Reading Group in Performance is termly meeting of like-minds, interested in questions regarding the situation of performance – dramatic, poetic or otherwise. Scholars are invited to gather around discussion of a text selected by a post-graduate or senior member of the Faculty, who will give a short paper introducing their interest in the topic.)

Centre for John Clare Studies: Clare, Botany and Classification in the Early Nineteenth Century

The Centre for John Clare Studies is pleased to announce further details of a one-day symposium on ‘Clare, Botany and Classification in the Early Nineteenth Century‘, to be hosted by the Cambridge University Botanic Garden on Tuesday 23rd September, 2014.

Although Clare is perhaps best known as an advocate of wild nature, he also loved his own cottage garden. More importantly, Clare was a dedicated botanist, and his work meticulously documents the natural world local to his home in Helpston. This is not simply descriptive poetry: Clare’s was an intellectual interest in botany. Although Clare’s Natural History of Helpstone was not published until 1983, it is a concentrated example of the knowledge and the observational acuity which appears throughout his work. Despite this, relatively little scholarly work has focused on Clare as a botanist. It therefore seemed appropriate to devote our first symposium to this topic.

As well as welcoming scholars with an interest in Clare, botany and related subjects, we are delighted to be able to draw on the expertise of those who work and have worked in the Garden, and the day will include a tour of the glorious systematic beds.

Registration is £10, which includes refreshments in the morning and afternoon. Participants are welcome to bring a picnic to the garden; lunches are also available in the cafe on-site. Please reply by email to register interest in attending. Further information will then be sent about how to pay the registration fee and further details of the day. Please note that places are limited.

For more information about the Centre for John Clare Studies, visit the centre’s website here.

Call for Papers: Graduate Conference 2014

The call for papers for Cambridge’s annual Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference is now available. Further details can be found on our Graduate Conference page.

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference 2014
“Bending the mind”: Attention and Instruction in the Long Eighteenth Century
26th-27th April, 2014
Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

External Respondent: Professor Anne Janowitz (Queen Mary College, University of London)

The conference committee welcomes proposals of c. 500 words for papers on ‘attention and instruction’ in the long eighteenth century. Themes may include, but are by no means limited to:

– Didactic literature
– Pedagogic practice and conceptions of childhood
– The relationship between image and text
– The relationship between verse, and theories of verse, and erudition
– Political rhetorics
– Scientific perspectives: cognition, biology, instruments
– Forms of literary curatorship
– Long poems

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st April. Please email to submit abstracts, register attendance, or if you have any further questions.

History of Material Texts Seminar

The Michaelmas timetable for the English Faculty’s Seminar in the History of Material Texts is now available. Ruth Abbott’s talk on George Eliot’s Poetry Notebook may be of particular interest to members of the Research Group.

Talks are in room SR-24 in the English Faculty, on Thursdays at 5.30pm.

Michaelmas Term 2013
17th October: ‘”The Margent Profitable”: The Marginal Note in the Early Modern Bible’. Alison Knight (CRASSH/Emmanuel)
31st October: ‘Palm-leaf, Paper, Digital Dharma: Exploring the Materiality of Tibetan Buddhist Texts and their Transformations’. Hildegard Diemberger and Stephen Hugh-Jones (Social Anthropology, Cambridge)
14th November: ‘George Eliot’s Poetry Notebook’. Ruth Abbott (English, Cambridge)

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Seminar

The eighteenth-century and Romantic studies graduate seminar will meet for the last time this term on Thursday 9th May. Dr John Regan will talk about ‘Ambiguous Progress and Its Verse Correlatives: How Stadial History Shaped Eighteenth-century Poetics’. All are very welcome to join us for the presentation and discussion, and to celebrate the last session of the year. More information about our speaker and his research can be found on our seminar page.