Romanticism at Edge Hill

Conveners: Michael Bradshaw; Andrew McInnes; Kerri Andrews

Romanticism @ Edge Hill University is a research seminar that begin in 2010. Every year, we host a seminar series which has included contributions from leading scholars of the Romantic period (ca. 1750-1850) including Fred Botting, David Punter, Sharon Ruston, Jane Stabler and Gavin Hopps, and Angela Wright. In 2016, we organized the ‘Edgy Romanticism / Romanticism on Edge’ symposium, exploring the borders and boundaries of Romanticism today. Our researchers are interested in cutting edge approaches to Romantic texts and contexts, incorporating the medical humanities, geographical criticism, and the digital turn.

Research Students

We welcome enquiries about new postgraduate research projects in any aspect of Romanticism, eighteenth-century or Gothic studies. Please contact any of the team to discuss this, or for information on the Faculty’s Graduate Teaching Assistant scheme.

Recent and Forthcoming Events

The ‘Romanticism at Edge Hill’ research seminar series is now in its sixth year, having begun in spring 2010. We aim to bring internationally-renowned scholars of Romantic, Gothic and ‘long eighteenth-century’ studies to the Edge Hill campus, to present new work in progress to a mixed audience of professional academics and research students. For further information, contact Andrew McInnes.

Spring 2015 Programme



  • Wednesday 11th February | Leigh Wetherall Dickson (Northumbria)
    “My name in capitals, like Kean”: Don Juan, Notoriety and A New Canto’.
  • Wednesday 18th February | Fred Botting (Kingston)
    ‘120 Shades of Ann: Radcliffe, Sade, Kant’.
  • Wednesday 4th March | Jonathan Shears (Keele)
    ‘Byron’s Hypochondria’.
  • Wednesday 11th March | Jeremy Davies (Leeds)
    ‘William Madocks, the Shelleys, and the strike at Tremadoc’.

Room M43. All Welcome. Admission free.

Spring 2014 Programme

Admission free. All welcome 4.30-6.30pm Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, L39 4 QP.

Each session will take place on Wednesdays. Room M44

February 12th, 2014: Kelvin Everest (University of Liverpool) ‘Kowtow: a reading from a new novel about Britain and China 1793/2010’.

February 19th : Cian Duffy (St Mary’s University College, Twickenham) ‘Percy Shelley and the Jane Williams Poems’

March 20th: Jon Mee (University of York) ‘Are books social? Book clubs and reading societies in the Romantic period’

March 19th: Paul Baines (University of Liverpool) ‘Edward Rushton in Romantic Era Liverpool’.

For further details please contact: Dr Mary Hurst


Spring 2013 Programme

Wednesday 13 February 2013, room M.42

Michael Bradshaw (Edge Hill University), ‘ Becoming a Centaur: Thomas Hood and Body Dysmorphic Disorder’

Wednesday 20 February 2013, room M.39
Simon Kövesi (Oxford Brookes University), ‘John Clare, Gadamer and Orisons of Prejudice’

Wednesday 6 March 2013, room M.39
Michael O’Neill (University of Durham)
‘”New relations are ever developed”: Shelley and Poetic Dialogue’

Wednesday 13 March 2013, room M.39
Kerri Andrews (Strathclyde University), ‘Ann Yearsley and the Periodical Press’

Wednesday 20 March 2013, room M.39
Gavin Hopps (St Andrews University), ‘Byron’s Ghosts and the Re-Enchantment of Romanticism’

Spring 2012 Programme

Second annual Student Byron Conference: ‘Byron Now’, May 23rd, 2012. Keynote speakers were David McClay, Curator of the John Murray Archive at the National Library of Scotland whose paper was entitled ‘Byron in the 21st Century: an archival perspective’ and international Byron scholar Bernard Beatty who spoke on ‘Byron’s moment and Byron’s Now’.

Third Romanticism at Edge Hill Research Seminar Series:

Wednesday 14 March 2012, Dr Ben Brabon and Dr Steve Van-Hagen (Edge Hill University), ‘Whores, Harlots and Housewives: The Postfeminist Eighteenth Century’

Wednesday 7 March 2012, Dr Mary Fairclough (University of Huddersfield), ‘Dr Thomas Beddoes and the Politics of the Imagination’

Wednesday 29 February 2012, Dr James Watt (University of York), ‘The Practice and Representation of Gothic Tourism’

Wednesday 15 February 2012, Dr Angela Wright (University of Sheffield), ‘Gothic Chivalry in the later work of William Godwin and Mary Shelley’

Wedesnady 8 February 2012, Prof. Sharon Ruston (University of Salford), ‘Sublimation and the Sublime in the Poetry and Chemistry of the Romantic Period

Spring 2011 Programme

First annual Student Byron Conference: ‘Byron: Romantic Icon?’, 25 May 2011

Second Romanticism at Edge Hill Lecture Series:

6 April 2011: Dr Mary Hurst (Edge Hill University), ‘Confessions of a Byronic Hero’

30 March 2011: Dr David Higgins (University of Leeds), ‘Frankenstein’s Old Familiar Faces’

23 March 2011: Dr Jon Roberts (University of Liverpool), ‘Romantic Religions’

9March, 2011: Prof. David Punter (University of Bristol), ‘Blake and Pity’

2 March 2011: Dr Alan Rawes (University of Manchester),’ Derrida: Deconstruction and Shelley’s Compelling Rhyme Schemes’.

Spring / Summer 2010 Programme

22 June 2012: Dr Christine Kenyon-Jones (Kings College London), ‘Deformity transformed: Byron’s Lameness’

8 June 2012: Prof. Kelly Hurley (University of Colorado at Boulder), ‘Traumatophilia’

1 June 2012: Dr Essaka Joshua (Notre Dame University), ‘What Disability Studies can do for Romanticism’

18 May 2012: Prof. Bernard Beatty (Universities of Liverpool and St Andrews), ‘Gothic Byron: Mapping his Ghosts and Spirits’

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