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RESEARCH AND READING GROUPS

Romanticism at Western

Romanticism at Western is composed of students, postdoctoral scholars and faculty members from the Department of English, the Centre for Theory and Criticism, and the Comparative Literature program.¬†The group has hosted reading groups and held three local conferences, on Organicism, Affect, and Temporalities. It has also held two international workshops with Ludwig-Maximilen’s Universit√§t Munich, and has hosted several visiting speakers from other universities. In May 2011, it put together a very successful SSHRCC-funded international conference on Romanticism and Evolution, proceedings of which are being published by the University of Toronto Press. Visiting speakers for the coming year include Mary Jacobus (Cambridge/Cornell), Timothy Morton (Rice) and Andrew Piper (McGill). This year, we have started a draft group at which we will discuss pre-circulated papers by members. The group will meet 6 or 8 times throughout the year.

2O11-12 talks
Arkady Plotnitsky (Purdue), “`Gleams of a Remoter World’: Romantic Thought and the Physics of Light.”
Orrin Wang (Maryland), “Lyric Ritalin: Time and History in Shelley and Keats”
Jonathan Sachs (Concordia), “Adam Smith and Problems of Historical Scale in the Later Eighteenth Century.”

Previous Speakers
David Collings (Bowdoin College)
Mark Lussier (Arizona State University)
David Clark (McMaster)
Thomas Pfau (Duke University)
James Chandler (Chicago)
Marc Redfield (Brown University)
Jerrold Hogle (Arizona)
Gary Handwerk (University of Washington)

Those interested in participating may contact Professor Tilottama Rajan.


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