Literary and Popular Styles in Romantic and Victorian Labouring-class Poetry


Stone BreakerThe annual Robin Dix Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor John Goodridge on Wednesday 1st May at 6.15 in St Chad’s College Chapel.

Professor John Goodridge (Nottingham Trent University) is the author of Rural Life in Eighteenth-Century English Poetry (Cambridge, 1995) and John Clare and Community (Cambridge, 2013), and general editor of Eighteenth-Century English Labouring-class Poets, 1700-1800 (3 vols, Pickering and Chatto, 2003). His talk is entitled “Literary and Popular Styles in Romantic and Victorian Labouring-class Poetry” and will range from authors such as Robert Bloomfield and John Clare to north-east poets Joseph Skipsey and Alexander Barrass.

The annual Robin Dix memorial lecture commemorates the life and work of a Lecturer in the Department of English Studies, Dr Robin Dix (1956-2007). Dr Dix was a specialist in eighteenth-century writing and thought, particularly the writings of Mark Akenside, the Newcastle physician and poet. Previous memorial lectures have been delivered by Professor Nicholas Roe (University of St Andrews) and Emeritus Professor Andrew Sanders (Durham University).

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