The annual Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference, hosted by the Cambridge Faculty of English, will take place over the weekend of the 13th-14th April 2013. The conference will consist of six panels, chaired by Cambridge faculty members, during which graduate students will deliver papers of roughly twenty minutes in length.
The conference committee is pleased to announce that its External Respondent will be Professor Michael O’Neill of the University of Durham. Michael O’Neill has published books, editions, chapters, and articles on many aspects of Romantic literature, especially the work of Percy Bysshe Shelley, on Victorian poetry, and on an array of British, Irish, and American twentieth- and twenty-first-century poets. His monographs include The All-Sustaining Air: Romantic Legacies and Renewals in British, American, and Irish Poetry since 1900 (2007), Romanticism and the Self-Conscious Poem (1997) and The Human Mind’s Imaginings: Conflict and Achievement in Shelley’s Poetry (1989). He is editor of The Cambridge History of English Poetry (2010) and his co-edited works include The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley (2012), Romantic Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (2008) and Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Major Works (2003). He has published two collections of poems and received a Cholmondeley Award for Poets in 1990.
The conference’s theme is drawn from Keats’s allusion to ‘Adam’s Dream’ – ‘He awoke and found it truth’ – which captures a major concern for eighteenth-century and Romantic aesthetics and literature. We welcome proposals of c. 500 words for papers that seek to engage with imaginative incarnations in the long eighteenth century. These may include, but are by no means limited to:
- The relationship between perception and truth
- Dreams, myth and poetic prophecy
- Imaginary/imaginative conceptions of the body and/or physical world
- Religious visions or ideas of incarnation
- Emphatically non-religious visions of the same
- Realisation of imagined physicality
- Philosophies of the imagination and their relationship to literature
Applications should be emailed, along with a short academic CV, to email@example.com by 23:59 GMT on 15th March 2013. Conference admission will be £15 and will include refreshments during the day. Accommodation may be available via http://www.cambridgerooms.co.uk/ .
For further information, please contact the conference committee at the above email address.