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Romantic Novels 1818 Series

January 25, 2018 - November 15, 2018

University of Greenwich

Romantic Novels 1818

January — November 2018: six monthly sessions

University of Greenwich campus

In this series of seminars scheduled for 2018, we will examine a selection of novels published in 1818. Sessions will alternate between well-known and lesser known works, allowing us to place ‘classic’ writers such as Mary Shelley in dialogue with their prolific and popular, but ‘forgotten’ contemporaries, such as Anna Maria Porter and Charles Maturin. By reconstructing the literary landscape of 1818, 200 years later, we hope to discover unseen connections between the novels and to glean a more nuanced understanding of the cultural and commercial context(s) from which they emerged.

Each session will be facilitated by a Romantic-period specialist who will introduce the text and guide a discussion of it. The sessions will be relatively informal, but will emphasize a cross-institutional, collaborative ethos, and will provide a much needed opportunity for scholars at different career stages and from different institutions in London and the Southeast to come together.

ORGANIZERS: Dr Susan Civale (Canterbury Christ Church University), Dr Claire Sheridan (University of Greenwich)

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January 25, 2018
November 15, 2018
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University of Greenwich
Greenwich, United Kingdom


Dr Susan Civale (Canterbury Christ Church University)