Romantic Victorians

Romantic VictoriansThe second conference of the Romantic Heirs Research Network takes place on 18th July 2013, on the theme of ‘Romantic Victorians’.

The AHRC funded Romantic Heirs Research Network is pleased to announce the date of its second conference and networking event, to be held at Durham University on 18th July 2013 on the theme of ‘Romantic Victorians’.

The conference is free to attend and will include plenary talks by Mark Sandy (senior lecturer at Durham University, co-editor Romantic Echoes in the Victorian Era (2008) and author of Romanticism, Memory, and Mourning (forthcoming, 2013)), and Anna Barton (lecturer at the University of Sheffield and author of Tennyson’s Name : Identity and Responsibility in the Poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson (2008)), roundtable discussions centred on the conference theme, lunchtime refreshments, and a post-conference dinner.

The conference organisers encourage postgraduate students and early-career researchers to submit proposals of 200-250 words for short position papers (1500 words) to be discussed at roundtable sessions. Topics might include:

  • ‘Third-generation’ Romantic writers
  • The boundary between Romantic and Victorian periods
  • Responses to Romanticism in Victorian writers/poets/artists/musicians
  • The historical/cultural/philosophical legacies of Romanticism in the nineteenth-century
  • The Victorian period’s sense of itself as a post-Romantic era
  • Critical legacies of Romanticism in the Victorian period

The deadline for proposal submission is 14th June 2013. Completed position papers should be submitted approximately one week before the conference so that they can be circulated among participants in advance. Please send submissions and enquiries to or contact Andrew Hodgson ( or Oliver Clarkson (

‘Romantic Victorians’ is the second in a series of four AHRC funded Romantic Heirs conferences to be held throughout 2013-14, held at Durham University and the University of Sheffield. The aim of the series, which includes conferences on the influence of Romanticism in the Victorian, Modern and Contemporary eras, is to bring together PGs and ECRs across the UK who are interested in Romantic receptions, legacies and dialogues. The network is also keen to promote the sharing of research and resources amongst both those within and outside of academia through use of online media. The network encourages those interested in attending any of its conferences to also consider submitting content in the form of informal articles, reviews, teaching resources etc for its website:

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