Romanticism and the Stigmatised: Transnationalism, Migration and Trauma


Dr Carol Baraniuk, University of Glasgow – ‘Radicalisation, Migration and Trauma: the case of James Orr (1770-1816), United Irishman’

Dr Franca Dellarosa, Aldo Moro University, Bari, Italy – Migrating peoples, migrating texts. Global campaigning for universal human rights in Edward Rushton’s writings, 1787-1814

Dr Matthew Reznicek, Creighton University, Nebraska USA – Wit Enough to Cloak his Knavery: Madness and Rebellion in Irish and Scottish Romantic Literature

With over 43 million people currently displaced and the trauma that often accompanies it, the migrant/asylum seeker has become a familiar symbol of the stigmatised in contemporary society but it is, in fact, nothing new. This panel will seek to discuss the relevance of their ground breaking recovery work in transnational Romanticism to contemporary political issues of migration (whether forced or voluntary); radicalization; the abject; slavery; gender relations; misogyny; the body; national identity; resistance; and terrorism.

In this context, this series of roundtable papers re-evaluate Romantic writers’ relationships to the abject, particularly the transnational, whether that is the exiled rebel, the displaced African slave or the haunting French revolutionary spectre of the Romantic novel. Each writer discussed challenges boundaries whether they are physical, political, geographical, psychological or gendered. They will discuss how addressing these often stigmatized aspects allows us to reconsider and to expand the canon in significant ways.

Thursday 6th July, 3.30