CFP: “Southey and Romantic Contexts,” April 14-16, 2010, Keswick



14-16 April 2010

Keswick, Cumbria

A conference on the writers, people and issues with which Robert Southey was connected. Hosted at Keswick School and at Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, the conference offers three days of talking, dining and – if you wish – hiking in the heart of the Lake District.  Papers take place in a state-of-the-art conference centre next to Crosthwaite Church, under the slopes of Skiddaw.  Discussions continue in the evenings in Morrels’ restaurant and in the Dog and Gun (the best of Keswick’s many pubs).   Delegates will be able to take tea in Southey’s study in Greta Hall, his and Coleridge’s home, where ‘The Vision of Judgement’, ‘The Curse of Kehama’ and ‘Dejection: an Ode’ were written and the Immortality Ode was read aloud from manuscript.  There will also be a chance to view Keswick Museum and Art Gallery’s Southey holdings, which include manuscripts of poems and letters, and even his bookplate – a beautiful woodblock cut by the famous engraver Thomas Bewick.

We welcome proposals (max 200 words) for 20 minute papers on any topic or author in relation to Southey, our aim being to stimulate the widest
possible debate among Romanticists and scholars of nineteenth and twentieth century literature and culture.    Possible topics might include:

Hartley Coleridge, Sara Coleridge (wife and fille), Caroline Bowles, the Hutchinson family, Wordsworth, Malthus, Coleridge, Keats, Godwin, Wollstonecraft, Shelley, Scott, De Quincey, Byron, Hazlitt, Lake Poets, Thelwall, Macaulay, Carlyle, Muldoon, Bristol literary culture, Scottish reviewers, Magazine/journal culture, Colonialism, Labouring-class writers, the Chivalric Romance, Politics of Conservatism/Radical
culture, Romantic religion, South/North America, Translation, Children’s literature, Travel-writing, History, the Napoleonic War, War
Poetry, Life-writing, Correspondence.

Keynote speakers to include:

  • Professor M. Gamer, University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor Alan Vardy, Hunter College, CUNY
  • Dr Lynda Pratt, University of Nottingham

Please send proposals by 5 December 2009 to Dr Carol Bolton, Loughborough University

For further details, email


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