Keynotes

Lectures will be held live over Zoom. Please view our programme for timings, and please ensure that you have registered by Thursday June 11th.

Professor Michael Gamer, ‘The South Seas on Stage’, Friday June 12th, 16:30-18:00

Michael Gamer is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He writes, most broadly, on how context shapes media ecologies and impacts aesthetic forms. He is the author of Romanticism and the Gothic: Genre, Reception, and Canon Formation (Cambridge, 2000), Romanticism, Self-Canonization, and the Business of Poetry (Cambridge, 2017) and, as part of the Multigraph Collective, Interacting with Print: Modes of Reading in the Age of Print Saturation (Chicago, 2018). He is currently Associate Editor of EIR: Essays in Romanticism and is working on a book (on melodrama), a digital project (asking what playbills read en masse can tell us), and an edition of Ann Radcliffe’s works. His editorial work includes Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (Penguin, 2002), The Broadview Anthology of Romantic Drama (Broadview, 2003), Charlotte Smith’s Manon L’Escaut and the Romance of Real Life (Pickering and Chatto, 2005), and Samuel Coleridge and William Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1800 (Broadview, 2008). His essays on poetic collections, performing animals and It-narratives, the Gothic, book history, Jane Austen, dramas of spectacle, gender and performance, periodicals, early novel canons, authorship, and pornography have appeared in MLQ, PMLA, Novel, ELH, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, and Studies in Romanticism.

Dr Emily Rohrbach, ‘Open Books’, Saturday June 13th, 13:00-14:30

Emily Rohrbach is Lecturer in British Literature at The University of Manchester. She teaches and writes about British and comparative Romanticisms, narrative theory, literature and historiography, aesthetics and politics, the poetics of time, and the materiality and literary imagination of the codex book. She is the author of Modernity’s Mist: British Romanticism and the Poetics of Anticipation (Fordham University Press, 2015) and she is currently working on Codex Poetics, a monograph on the counterfactual imagination, the codex book, and the politics of time in the Romantic period, and Gothic Dispossessions, a monograph focusing on the politics of voice and dispossession in comparative (British, U.S., and Caribbean) Gothic literatures in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She serves on the Editorial Board of The Keats-Shelley Journal. She is co-editor of Reading Keats, Thinking Politics, the 50th anniversary issue of the journal Studies in Romanticism, for which she solicited and co-translated an essay by Jacques Rancière, “The Politics of the Spider,” and she is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles focusing on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature. Her journal articles have appeared in Studies in Romanticism, Textual Practice, Keats-Shelley Journal, European Romantic Review, and SEL: Studies in English Literature. Emily will be joining the Department of English at Durham University in September.