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Romantic Voice

The Romantic Voice: Current Studies in Romanticism


Postgraduate Conference, University of Warwick

Thursday, 26 April 2007

Keynote speaker Professor J.C.C. Mays (University College, Dublin)

Workshop, "Coleridge and Voice", provided by the CAPITAL Centre

Scholars of the Romantic period are confronted by conflicting trends in artistic expression.  While the Romantic voice is associated with such expansions as innovative poetic forms, the increasing prominence of female authorship and the rise in book production, it can also be viewed an age of restrictions, evinced by the need for authorial pseudonymity or anonymity, the closet drama, and such political developments as the 'Gagging' acts and the suspension of Habeas Corpus.

Registration: 9.00-9.30

First session, 9.30-10.45

Mr Anthony J. Howell (University of Swansea) A Green Voice for Romanticism: Recognising the Speaker in John Clare's ‘Swordy Well’

Miss Helen Boyles (Open University) The Embarrassment of Methodist Enthusiasm in Wordsworth’s Peter Bell

Mr Gregory Ledbetter (Oxford Brookes University) The Unnamed Vocation: Coleridge and Intellectual Revolution


Second session, 11.00-12.15

Mr Andrew Webb (University of Warwick) Keats, Edward Thomas and the Broken Voice

Dr Barbara Straumann (University of Zurich) Romantic Voice and Resonance in Germaine de Staël’s Corinne, or Italy

Mr Michael Farrell (Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford) Conflicting Voices in Blake’s Illustrations to Young’s ‘Night Thoughts’


CAPITAL Workshop, 1.30-2.45: Mrs Judith Phillips and Mr Roger Hyams, Coleridge and the Voice


Special session, 3.00-4.00

Professor Jon Mee (University of Warwick) The Trials of Thomas Paine


Third session, 4.15-5.15

Mr Peter Spratley (University of Warwick) Wordsworth and the Voice of Anti-Catholicism

Miss Imke Heuer (University of York) ‘Without my name, but without any adopted name’ – Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, Playwriting and Female Aristocratic Authorship


Keynote lecture, 5.30-6.30

Professor J.C.C. Mays (University College, Dublin) Coleridge and Yeats: The Romantic Voice

This conference is supported financially by the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies and by the Humanities Research Centre.