Romantic Liminology

Kerri Andrews, Edge Hill University

Speakers:

Michael Bradshaw, Edge Hill University – Methodology, Theory, and the Disgruntled Student

Julia Coole, Keele University – Fifty Shades of Byron: Refashioning the Self in the Borders of the Page

Andrew McInnes, Edge Hill University – Feeling Gothicky in the Romantic Novel

This panel aims for an inclusive round-table discussion of the current transformations in Romantic Studies, focusing on moments in the long Romantic century, ca. 1750-1850, which imagine possible futures by responding to stimuli in the contemporary world: including (but not limited to) Blake’s revolutionary poetry, Mary Wollstonecraft’s travel writing, Barbauld’s post-apocalyptic Eighteen Hundred and Eleven, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and The Last Man, Byron’s ‘Darkness’, Leigh Hunt’s journalism. The discussion will begin with the premise that new meanings emerge at the boundaries of existing knowledge, and therefore takes the idea of the edge or border as its imaginative keynote. The speakers will introduce aspects of this idea for further debate by presenting case studies with three general foci: expansion of geographical boundaries, including topography, cartography, and regionalism; hybridisation of genres, including the interaction of Romantic and Gothic; and emerging disciplines, such as disability studies and refugee studies. By placing analysis and discussion deliberately at the borders of the subject, the panel aims to stimulate an inclusive ‘Romantic liminology’, which will feed into the main conference theme of imagined and shared futures

Thursday 6th July, 5.00