Workshop on Eighteenth-Century Journals and Romantic Letters

Update: Two detailed reports on this successful conference are now available at this page. The archived conference programme can be downloaded here.

A workshop hosted by the Department of English Studies will seek to explore the significance of letters and journals from the period 1740-1830.

A letter from William Godwin to Mary ShelleyJournals and letters are the most intimate of all forms of literature. They tell us that history was once real life. These documents were sometimes hidden from contemporaries and speak directly to us today. This workshop will consider the rich variety of journals and letters in the period, and how they may be used in modern academic research.

The workshop will feature a keynote lecture by the historian of feminism Jane Rendall. She will discuss the correspondence of three Edinburgh authors, Elizabeth Hamilton, Eliza Fletcher, and Anne Grant.

The workshop runs on Saturday, 23rd June from 9.30 to 5.30. For a full programme and to register, visit the conference homepage. The workshop is hosted in conjunction with the North-East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies.


6 responses to “Workshop on Eighteenth-Century Journals and Romantic Letters

  1. Very much enjoyed the day! Rich papers exploring the complex dynamics between life-writing and fiction, letters and literary works, and a friendly, inspiring atmosphere, that wasn’t affected by the cow-caused delays. Thanks, Pamela, Gillian and Richard.


  2. I entirely agree with Imke – it was a very enjoyable day. The discussion benefited from the fact that there were no parallel sessions – we all heard everything. I learned a lot about letters, and the literary significance of many letters, rather than letters singly. The conversation about the link between letters and biography continued in the pub. William Mason’s Life of Gray (1774) must have been one of the earliest literary biographies to include letters. Richard Monckton Milnes Life and Letters of Keats (1848) will be for many the climax of the genre. Jane’s lecture and other papers happily filled in the gap between those two dates and brought in women writers. And must add how much I enjoyed Oliver’s demonstration of a letter inspiring great poetry. Thank you to everyone involved.


  3. Many thanks again for the wonderful ‘Reading Between the Lines’ workshop on Saturday. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating day, with many interesting discussions and research papers, and a great atmosphere.


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  6. I agree, not having parallel sessions really enhanced the positive experience, Claire. Essentially, it meant everyone attended the same conference. And yeah, I enjoyed the continuing conversation in the pub and restaurant (though I was sorry to have to leave early). By the way, a friend of mine, Abolfazl Ramazani, did his PhD on the reception of Keats’s letters, and worked quite extensively on Monckton Milnes.

    And apropos: most of you may have heard about it already, but the Manuscript and Print conference in Sheffield recently was almost like a ‘companion conference’ to the Reading between the Lines workshop (!/file/manuscript-and-print-programme.pdf ).


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