Monthly Archives: June 2014

Registration open for Boundaries Conference

Registration is now open for ‘Making, Breaking and Transgressing Boundaries: Europe in Romantic Writing, 1775-1830’. This one-day interdisciplinary conference will be hosted by Newcastle University on July 15th, 2014.

This conference brings together postgraduates and early career researchers to discuss the effects of topographical, legislative, aesthetic and metaphorical boundaries on political, philosophical and literary discourse 1775-1830. The organisers hope to establish a network of researchers working on important questions about Europe in the Romantic period. Dr David Higgins (Leeds University) will open the programme of events with a keynote paper, entitled ‘Romantic Englishness: From Local to Global’.

This event has been kindly supported by Newcastle University’s School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, the British Association for Romantic Studies, and the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies​.​

Registration details are available here. Registration closes July 8th 2014.

Further details are also available on the conference website.

Call for Papers: ISECS 2015

“Opening Markets: Trade and Commerce in the Eighteenth Century”
The Fourteenth Congress of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 26-31 July, 2015

Submission of proposals for individual papers for the 2015 ISECS Congress is now open. (Online registration for the conference will open on 1 September.)

The 2015 Congress deals with the development of economic thought and practice in the broadest sense during the eighteenth century. “Opening Markets” invites historians of all kinds to address a wide variety of related subjects, including cross-cultural encounters and the evolution of the relationship between town and country and between the sexes. Literary and intellectual historians are invited to reflect on the marketing strategies and rhetorical demands advanced by the Enlightenment and its critics. Thus, “Opening Markets” will further help to define eighteenth-century literary audiences as customers and stimulate research on the “market of ideas.” Papers which address the representation of the marketplace in literature and art, and literary depictions and commentaries on economic activity, are also welcome.

The deadline for submission of paper proposals is 31 December, 2014.

For more information, and to submit an online proposal, visit the conference website.

Shakespeare and Edmond Malone

On Thursday 5th June, Research Group member James Harriman-Smith will be speaking at the Modern European History Workshop at St Johns College.

“He who has given all countries and all ages the manners of his own”:
Shakespeare and Edmond Malone

This paper discusses the importance of historical data to the study of literature. Its focus is the work of Edmond Malone (1741-1812), one of the most influential eighteenth-century editors of Shakespeare and the first to argue at length that successful vernacular literary editing depended upon a deep knowledge of the context in which a play or poem was produced. For Malone, such a foundation guarantees the utility of his work and distinguishes it from his predecessors’ outmoded emphasis on beauties and faults. Yet Malone’s extensive mobilisation of archival data is, in spite of his claimed objectivity, itself the basis for a distinctive interpretative approach to Shakespeare, especially visible in the editor’s attitude to anachronisms in the plays. By showing how his author “has given all countries and all ages the manners of his own”, Malone in fact reworks a commonplace of neoclassical theatre criticism in a way that reflects both the cultural and political changes of his era.

Thursday 5th June, 5pm – 6:30pm
Boys Smith Room, Fisher Building, St Johns College, Cambridge