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Romantic Conflict Program

Romantic Conflict Timetable

Thursday 24 July

10:00-1:00: Registration and Check-in (Rootes Building)

1:30: Opening Remarks (Physics Lecture Theater)

1:45-3:15: Plenary: Simon Bainbridge (Keele University): ' "The Sir Walter Disease": Scott and the Romantic Reimagining of War' (Physics Lecture Theater)

3:15-3:45: Tea

3:45-5:15: Panels (4 parallel sessions)

5:30-6:30: Wine reception sponsored by Manchester University Press (Physics Concourse)

7:00: dinner (Rootes Restaurant)

Friday 25 July

8:30-9:30: Registration (Physics Concourse)

9:30-11:00: Panels (5 parallel sessions)

11:00-11:30: tea

11:30-1:00: Plenary: The Cambridge University Press Lecture: Susan Wolfson (Princeton University), ‘Gazing on Byron: Separation and Fascination’ (Physics Lecture Theater)

1:00-2:00: lunch (Rootes Restaurant)

2:30-4:00: Panels (4 parallel sessions)

4:00-4:30: tea

4:30-6:00: Panels (4 parallel sessions)

6:30-7:45: dinner (Rootes Restaurant)

8:00-9:00: Coull Quartet: selections from Schubert, Death and the Maiden (wine will be served) (Sutherland Suite)

                    Reader: Dr. John Rignall

9:00: BARS Biennial General Meeting (Sutherland Suite)

Saturday 26 July

8:30-9:30: Registration (Physics Concourse)

9:30-11:00: Panels (5 parallel sessions)

11:00-11:30: tea

11:30-1:00: Panels (5 parallel sessions)

1:00-2:00: lunch (Rootes)

2:30-4:30: Excursion by coach to Kenilworth Castle

4:30-5:00: tea (Physics Concourse)

5:00-6:30: Plenary: The Stephen Copley Memorial Lecture: David Bromwich (Yale University), ‘The Regency Crisis and the French Revolution, 1788-1790’ (Physics Lecture Theater)

8:00: Banquet (Chancellor’s Suite)

            Entertainment: Mervyn Heard's Magic Lantern Show

Sunday 27 July

9:30-11:00: Plenary: Saree Makdisi (University of Chicago), 'Empire and Moral Virtue' (Physics Lecture Theater) 

11:00-11:30: tea

11:30-1:00: Panels (4 parallel sessions)

1:00: Close

Panel Details

Thursday 24 July 3:45-5:15

The French Revolution

Ute Berns, ‘Thomas Lovell Beddoes’ Death’s Jest Book and the French Revolution’

Betty Hagglund, ‘Making Sense of Revolution: the Diaries of Mary and Martha Russell’

Performance and Conflict

Jessica McShan, ‘On the Sister Arts, or How the Romantic Poets Came to Define Musico-Poetics: Coleridge, Shelley, Keats and the Eighteenth-Century Conflict over Artistic Representation’

Lia Laor, ‘Methodological Conflict: The Case of Romantic Piano Pedagogy’

Peter Howell, ‘Theatres of War: The French Revolutionary War on the London Stage 1792-1798’

Drawing Conflict

Sibylle Erle, ‘Exploring the Dens of the Created World: William Blake and the Travelling Motif in The Book of Urizen

Julie Raby, ‘Horror of the Blasted Heath: Henry Fuseli’s Representations of Macbeth and Banquo’s Confrontation with the Three Witches’

Conflict in the Romantic Past

(panel organized by Robert Jones)

Adam Rounce, ‘”Mimic Desolation”: Mid-Eighteenth-Century Poetic Conflict’

Dafydd Moore, ‘Conflict as Reminiscence in the poems of Ossian’

Robert Jones, ‘Battle Fields: Chatterton’s Bloody Pastoral’

Friday 25 July 9:30-11:00

Wordsworth’s Conflicted Imagination

James Disley, ‘The “Disputed Tracts” of The Borderers’

John Cole, ‘Conflicting Imaginations: Wordsworth in Two Minds in The Prelude’

Gavin Edwards, ‘Semantic Conflict: “Accident” in Wordsworth’

Industry, Commerce, and the Economy

Robert Clark, ‘Sense, Surveillance and the Rural Poor: Managing Conflict in 1795’

Stewart Crehan, ‘Romantic “Anti-Economism”: Romanticism and Bourgeois Political Economy’

Sharon Setzer, ‘”Pond’rous Engines” in “Outraged Groves”: The Environmental Argument of Anna Seward’s “Colebrook Dale”’

Slavery, Decadence and Liberalism

Emma Clery, ‘Progress vs. Decadence in Mansfield Park: The Regency Afterlife of the Eighteenth-Century Feminisation Debate’

Diego Saglia, ‘Mediterranean Unrest: Romantic Drama of the 1820s and Revolutions in the South’

H.J.K Jenkins, ‘”Gothic” British Comment onCaribbean Conflict in the 1790s’

Conflicting Discourses

Rieko Suzuki, ‘Mary Shelley’s Valperga: A Site of Conflict’

Jane Hodson, ‘The Wrongs of Language in Wollstonecraft’s Maria’

Helena Bergmann, ‘”I am neither a philosopher nor a heroine”: Mary Hays’s Fictionalisation of the Conflict Between Reason and Romance’

William Blake’s Illustrations to The Divine Comedy

(panel organized by Morton Paley)

David Fuller, ‘Blake and Dante’

Antonella Braida, ‘The Iconology of War and Conflict in Blake’s Illustrations of the Inferno’

Rosamund Paice, ‘”He eyed the serpent and the serpent him”: Struggling with the Serpents in Blake’s Illustrations to Dante’s Divine Comedy’

Morton Paley, ‘Opposition and/or True Friendship? Dante, Blake, and the Figure of Beatrice’

Friday 25 July 2:30-4:00

Generic Conflict

Felicity James, ‘Nether Stowey, Summer 1797: Exploring the Site of Romantic Conflict’

Mary-Ann Constantine, ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Iolo Morganwg and the Politics of English Pastoral’

Candice El Asmar, 'Monstrous Pretty'


Edward Larissey, ‘Blake, Romanticism and Modernism’

Shirley Dent, ‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Blake?’

Gavin Budge, ‘Third Way Wordsworth: Romanticism and the Conflicts of Social Modernity’

Anxiety and Influence

Jonathon Shears, ‘”No, no, go not to Lethe”: Keats and the Burden of the Mystery’

Sally West, ‘”To him my tale I teach”: The Legacy of Coleridge’s Mariner in Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound Volume’

Simon Kovesi, 'Conflicts between John Clare's "I" and "eye": Egotism and Ecologism'

Domesticity and the Feminine

Debnita Chakravarti, ‘Memory and Imagination: Examining Core Conflicts in Mary Tighe’s Psyche’

Markus Poetzsch, ‘Nesting in Grasmere: Intimations of Intimate Immensity’

Caroline Franklin, ‘Class and Gender Conflict: Helen Maria Williams’s “Tale of Perourou the Bellows Mender”’

Friday 25 July 4:30-6:00

Savagery, Nature and Science

Padma Rangarajan, ‘”This Well-Ordered Island”: Locating the Savage in Romanticism’

Sharon Ruston, ‘”Natural enemies in science, as well as in politics”: Romanticism and Scientific Conflict’

Sue Chaplin, ‘”In the beginning, all the world was America”: Nature, Gender, Race and Law in Romantic-Era Writing’

Wars of Words: The Periodical Press

Angela Wright, ‘History or Gothic Tale?  The After-Life of the Abbé Barruel’s The History of the Clergy During the French Revolution in the British Periodical Press’

Dennis Low, ‘”I have neither time nor taste, for new literary gossip”: Southey’s Senility and the Periodical Press’

Paul Keen, 'Ragged Enlightenment: The Cheap Weekly Magazines, 1816-1821'


Emma Mason, ‘Conflicting Passions: Religious Affection vs. Romantic Enthusiasm’

Mary Hurst, ‘Byron, Butler and Southey: Courtesy, Catechism and Conflict’

Adrianne Wadewitz, ‘The Overdetermining Religious Rhetoric(s) of Blake’s and Paine’s Theosophies’

Insanity and Violence

Keri Davies, ‘Richard Gough: Scholar, Antiquary, and Man of Violence’

Paul Cheshire, ‘”Brawlers for Jesus”: William Gilbert’s Romantic Inversion of Missionary Zeal’

Andrew Amend, ‘Insanity and Uncertainty as the Results of Conflict in Wordsworth’s The Borderers’

Saturday 26 July 9:30-11:00

Conflicting Selves/Conflicting Locations

Mark Sandy, ‘”God-Like Exercise”: Nietzschean Conflict and Self-Creation in Keats’s Hyperion Fragments’

Tom Mole, ‘Conflicting Readings and Reading as Conflict in Childe Harold, “Canto Three”’

Steve Clark, ‘Chatterton and the Location of Memory’

The Battlefield

Michael John Kooy, ‘Romantic Militarism: Coleridge, Barbauld, Wordsworth’

Michael Rossington, ‘”Metropolis of a ruined Paradise”: Percy Shelley and the Neapolitan Revolution of 1820’

The Body

Sarah Wootton, ‘Friend or Foe?  Shelley’s Elegy to the Competition’

Mark Mossman, ‘Reading Conflict in John Keats: Romanticism, Disability, and the Postmodern Body’

Julie Donovan, ‘Now You See It, Now You Don’t: The Conflict of the Colonized Body in Sydney Owenson’s The Wild Irish Girl’


Beatriz González Moreno, ‘Aesthetic Conflict Under Serpentine Appearances’

James Thain, ‘Stasis and Dynamics: Description and Narrative in Wordsworth’s Early Landscape Poetry’

John Williams, ‘William Crowe’s “Lewesdon Hill” and William Wordsworth’s The Ruined Cottage: The Legacy of 17th Century Republican Conflict in Two Late Eighteenth Century Poems’

Pictures of War and Death

Philip Shaw, ‘The Dead Soldier: Joseph Wright and the Culture of Sentiment’

Luisa Calé, ‘Virtual Wars: The Battle of the Nile Across Visual Media’

David Mannings, ‘James Ward’s “Bulls Fighting”’

Saturday 26 July 11:30-1:00

Confused Genres/Contested Labels

Jason Rudy, ‘Lyric Binding: Felicia Hemans’

Michelle Cheyne, ‘”Une guerre de cadaver à fantasme”: Paradigms of Poetic Conflict in the Debate over Romanticism (1813-1831)’

Katherine Astbury, ‘When the Heart No Longer Prevails Over Hierarchy: Social Divides and the Rise of Romantic Tendencies in the French Sentimental Tale 1770-1830’

Real and Represented Selves

Adeline Johns-Putra, ‘Epic vs. Novel: Public Heroes and Authentic Selves in the Romantic Age’

Benjamin Colbert, ‘”How subjects also cut off heads of Kings!”: Wolcot’s Radical Louisiad (1794-96) and the Figure of “Peter Pindar” in Regency Satire’

Blake’s Structural Antagonisms

Laura Rutland, ‘Intellectual and Corporeal War in Blake’s The Four Zoas’

Magnus Ankarsjo, ‘”And they Twain shall Be One Flesh”: Reconciliation and Eternal Battle in Blake’s The Four Zoas’

Catalin Ghita, ‘Visionary Antagonism: Blake’s Artistic Structure’

Romanticism, Counter-Revolution and the Radical Public Sphere I

(panel organized by Ian Haywood)

Kevin Gilmartin, ‘Forging a Counterrevolutionary Public’

Jon Mee, ‘Burke’s Revolutionary Enthusiasm and the Danger of Transparence’

Adriana Craciun, ‘Mary Robinson and the Radical Public Sphere’

Respondent: Anne Janowitz

Nation, Nationalism, and Oppression

Tom Furniss, ‘A Conflict of Sensations: Wordsworth, War and Radical Nationalism’

Maire Ni Fhlathuin, ‘Poetic and Prosaic Images: Conflicting Visions of India in the Work of Emma Roberts’

Cathryn Charnell-White, ‘Internal Strife: North Wales vs. South Wales in the Bardic Vision of Iolo Morganwg’

Sunday 27 July 11:30-1:00

Romanticism, Counter-Revolution and the Radical Public Sphere II

(panel organized by Ian Haywood)

David Worrall, ‘Censorship at Covent Garden: T.J.Dibdin’s Two Farmers and the 1800 Artificial Famine’

Susan Matthews, ' "Another, and another and another": Hannah More, conservatism, reproduction, and anxiety'

Ian Haywood, ‘Sensational Politics’

Respondent: Anne Janowitz

Conflict, Femininity and the Woman Writer

Lisa Vargo, ‘The Aikins and the Godwins: Notions of Conflict in Writings by Anna Barbauld and Mary Shelley’

Marie Mulvey-Roberts, ‘Brides of Frankenstein: Romantic Conflict in the Making of the Woman Writer’

Picturing War

Philip Martin, ‘History in the Making: Turner, Byron and the Heroic Aesthetic’

John Bonehill, ‘”The reeking plains of Flanders”: Rumours of War in Graphic and Literary Satire of the mid-1790s’

Cian Duffy, ‘”A magnificent and enlightened science”: Thomas De Quincey’s “On War”’

Duels and Vendettas

Nicola Trott, ‘Antagonism Between Writers and Reviewers’

Roger Sales, ‘Hot Blood; Literary Duels’

Jane Moody, ‘Romantic Censors’