Nineteenth-Century Poetics of Place (Conference, 22nd June)

Painting of people on a seashore at dusk with boats sailing out to the sunset
The life stages (beach picture, beach scene in Wiek), by Caspar David Friedrich, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
This one-day conference on 22nd June will feature twelve papers by researchers from British institutions, a keynote by Assistant Professor Robert St Clair (Dartmouth College), and performances of poetry by Anne Portugal and Professor Michael O’Neill. The event is hosted by Hatfield College. Tweet or follow using #C19PoeticsPlace.

Further information is available from the organiser, Dr Daniel Finch-Race (

9:00, Welcome
Dr Daniel Finch-Race (Durham University)

9:15, Panel 1
Dr Thomas Bristow (Durham University) – ‘Eco-Elegy: Notes towards a Literary History of Pastoral’
Prof. Stephen Regan (Durham University) – ‘Landscapes of Mourning in Nineteenth-Century Poetry’
Prof. Mark Sandy (Durham University) – ‘Romantic Poetics and Haunted Landscapes’

*10:30, Break

11:00, Panel 2
Dr David Evans (University of St Andrews) – ‘The Rhythmical Landscapes of Parnassus: An Ecocritical Reading of Le Parnasse contemporain
Dr Nina Rolland (University of Birmingham) – ‘Urbanity from Baudelaire’s Poetry to French Rap’
Prof. Seth Whidden (University of Oxford) – ‘The Distracting Place of the Prose Poem’

*12:15, Lunch

13:15, Keynote
Asst Prof. Robert St Clair (Dartmouth College) – ‘Charleville, Nowhere, Paris: The Poetics of Pleasure and Maps to Utopia in the Early Rimbaud’

*14:15, Break

14:45, Panel 3
Asst Prof. Samuel Bootle (Durham University) – ‘Re-Wilding Verse: The Forest in Laforgue’s Derniers vers
Dr Mina Gorji (University of Cambridge) – ‘Christina Rossetti’s Dislocations’
Dr Davide Messina (University of Edinburgh) – ‘The Blue Hedge: Leopardi with Rothko’

*16:00, Break

16:30, Panel 4
Dr Caroline Ardrey (University of Birmingham) – ‘Plotting Parnasse: The Spatial Networks of the Revue fantaisiste
Dr Sarah Gubbins (Canterbury Christ Church University) – ‘(Dis)inheritance: Nerval’s Journeys in Verse and Prose’
Dr Heather Williams (University of Wales) – ‘The Poetry of Celtic Places’

*17:45, Break

18:15, Poetry
Anne Portugal (Paris) – Et comment nous voilà moins épais (2017)
Prof. Michael O’Neill (Durham University) – Return of the Gift (2018)

18:45, Closing remarks
Dr Daniel Finch-Race (Durham University)

The event is supported by Durham University (@durhamIO), Hatfield College (@HatfieldCollege), the Society for French Studies (@french_studies), the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (@Northern_Bridge), the network on ‘Contemporary French Poetic Practice’ funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (@ahrcpress), and Le Service Enseignement Supérieur, Recherche et Innovation de l’Ambassade de France au Royaume-Uni (@AmbascienceUK). Article-length versions of a selection of the conference papers will appear in a guest-edited issue of Nineteenth-Century Contexts in early 2019.

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