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Robert Southey Project - Conference 2010




Robert Southey, Romantic Renaissances and Contexts

14-16 April 2010, Keswick, Cumbria

Poet, essayist, historian, travel-writer, biographer, translator and polemicist, Robert Southey (1774-1843) was one of the most controversial of all Romantic period writers.

This conference – held in Keswick, Southey’s home for 40 years – celebrated the life and works of a high-profile experimental author, who was centrally involved in literary culture in Britain in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It coincided with an exhibition at the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery devoted to Southey.

Keynote speakers

  • Michael Gamer (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Alan Vardy (Hunter College, CUNY)

Conference events included

  • a wine reception and visit to the Southey exhibition at Keswick Museum and Art Gallery
  • a conference dinner at Morrels restaurant, Keswick
  • a visit to Southey’s grave and the memorial to him in Crosthwaite church
  • a visit to Greta Hall, the home of Southey and his brother-in-law Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Conference organisers

  • Dr Carol Bolton (Loughborough)
  • Professor Tim Fulford (Nottingham Trent)
  • Dr Ian Packer (Lincoln)
  • Dr Lynda Pratt (Nottingham)

The conference was organised in association with the Universities of Lincoln, Loughborough, Nottingham and Nottingham Trent, and with the support of the British Association for Romantic Studies, the Midlands Romantic Seminar and the Society for Renaissance Studies.


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