London-Paris Romanticism Seminar: New Directions in Romantic Scholarship, international book launch, Friday 1 March 2019, Senate House, London

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You are warmly invited to join us on Friday 1 March for the next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar, which will be a book launch for The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism, edited by our London Director, David Duff. Published by Oxford University Press, the Handbook brings together 46 specially commissioned  essays by leading Romantic scholars from around the world, a number of whom will be joining us for this occasion. The event will begin with brief talks by the editor and other contributors about the aims of the Handbook and the new research it contains. This will be followed by questions and discussion and an extended wine reception with canapés.

The event will take place in Room 349 (third floor) at Senate House, University of London, starting at 5.30pm. As with all our events, this event is free and open to everyone, including postgraduates and members of the public. If you would like to attend, please sign up for a free ticket on Eventbrite by clicking here. This will allow us to monitor numbers for catering purposes.

The publisher writes:

The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism offers a comprehensive guide to the literature and thought of the Romantic period, and an overview of the latest research on this topic. Written by a team of international experts, the Handbook analyses all aspects of the Romantic movement, pinpointing its different historical phases and analysing the intellectual and political currents which shaped them. It gives particular attention to devolutionary trends, exploring the English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish strands in British Romanticism and assessing the impact of the constitutional changes that brought into being the ‘United Kingdom’ at a time of revolutionary turbulence and international conflict. It also gives extensive coverage to the publishing and reception history of Romantic writing, highlighting the role of readers, reviewers, publishers, and institutions in shaping Romantic literary culture and transmitting its ideas and values.

Divided into ten sections, each containing four or five chapters, the Handbook covers key themes and concepts in Romantic studies as well as less chartered topics such as freedom of speech, literature and drugs, Romantic oratory, and literary uses of dialect. All the major male and female Romantic authors are included along with numerous lesser-known writers, the emphasis throughout being on the diversity of Romantic writing and the complexities and internal divisions of the culture that sustained it. Synthesizing and extending recent scholarship and offering many fresh lines of research, the Handbook sets an exciting new agenda for Romantic studies and will be an indispensable resource for scholars and graduate students.’

David Duff is Professor of Romanticism at Queen Mary University of London.

We hope you can join us to help celebrate this landmark publication.