The Wordsworth Summer Conference Programmme 2015


Keynote Lectures are shown in Red


Part 1: 3–8 August 2015


Monday 3 August

1600 Tea [1600 – 1700]
1630 Wordsworth Conference Foundation –Trustees’ Meeting
1800 Reception (on the Rydal Hall Terrace if fine)
1900 Dinner
2045 Reception at the Wordsworth Museum and Gallery & Dove Cottage by Candlelight

Tuesday 4 August
0715 Early Morning Walk
0915 Simon Bainbridge (Lancaster University): Wordsworth, War, and Waterloo
1100 Paul Cheshire – John Cowper Powys and Wordsworth’s ‘cerebral mystical passion for young women’
1145 Dan Eltringham (Birkbeck) – Enclosure, Scarcity and Sustainability in Wordsworth’s Cumbria
1245 Fell Walks and Local Walks
1715 Bruce Graver (Providence) – Neoclassical Wordsworth
1800 Charity Ketz (UC at Berkeley) – Duration and Suspense in Wordsworth’s ‘Books’
2030 Sarah Wootton (Durham University): Afterlives of the Byronic Hero in Nineteenth-Century Fiction and on Film

Wednesday 5 August
0715 Early Morning Walk
0915 Philip Shaw (Leicester University): Wordsworth, Waterloo and Sacrifice
1100 Stacey McDowell (St John’s, Cambridge) – Reading Together Apart
1145 Kimiyo Ogawa (Sophia University) – ‘Roaming fancy’: Gothic Force and imagination in Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Keats’s ‘Isabella’
1245 A Walk –The Tilberthwaite Fells
1300 Excursion – Furness Abbey

2030 Sonia Hofkosh (Tufts): Double Touch: The Poetics of Drawing in STC’s Notebooks

Thursday 6 August
0715 Early Morning Walk
0915 Lucy Newlyn (St Edmund Hall, Oxford): The Poetics of Hospitality
1100 James Castell (Cardiff) – Ontology and politics in ‘Frost at Midnight’
1145 Tim Fulford (De Montfort) – Patrons and Stewards: Wordsworth’s Coleorton Inscriptions and the Politics of Landscape
1245 A Walk – Pavey Ark and the Langdale Pikes
1300 Excursion – a private tour of Naworth Castle with Lady Susan Howard

2030 Kaz Oishi (Tokyo University): Coleridge and Philanthropy in the 1810s: Lay Sermons Revisited

Friday 7 August – first sedentary day
0700 Earlier Morning Walk
0915 Andrew Bennett (Bristol University): ‘Here, ‘tis here / Here’: Wordsworth in the Here and Now
1100 Anna Camilleri (Christ Church, Oxford) – Lyrical Epic and Epical Lyric: The Prelude and Don Juan
1145 Elsa Hammond (Bristol) – Coleridge’s ‘baby pangs’
1230 Lunch interval
1300 A picturesque tour of Rydal (‘Nab Well’, the woodland sculptures, the chestnut tree, the grotto and lower fall, and the formal garden, Dora’s Field)
1500 Judyta Frodyma (St Catherine’s College, Oxford) – Transatlantic Wildness: Considerations of ‘Westward’ in Wordsworth and Thoreau
1545 Tim Sommer (Heidelberg) – American Transcendentalism and Wordsworth’s Transnational Uses
1630 Tea interval
1715 Jolene Mathieson (Hamburg) – William Wordsworth, Cognitive Ecology and the Performance of Nature
1600 Julia S. Carlson (Cincinnati) – Tangible Print and Wordsworthian Tact
2030 A Poetry Reading by Lucy Newlyn
2100 An auction of books for Bursary Funds (you are invited to bring good quality unwanted items for this purpose)

Saturday 8 August: Arrivals and Departures
0730 Breakfast and Part 1 checkout
0830 All-day Walk: The Coledale Round
0830 All-day Excursion: Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford


Part 2: 8–13 August 2015


1800 A very brief briefing in the ‘Drawing Room’ for New Arrivals
1815 A reception and book launch at Rydal Mount
1930 Dinner
2100 Nicholas Roe (St Andrews): Mr Keats

Sunday 9 August
0700 Earlier Morning Walk
0915 Tom Owens (Churchill College, Cambridge): Wordsworth’s Orbicular Poetics
1100 Saeko Yoshikawa (Kobe City University) – Wordsworth and the Wars – Patriotism and Preservation
1145 Anna Fleming (Leeds) – Wordsworth’s Creative Ecotone: Navigating Community Boundaries and Tension in the Vagrant Poems
1245 A Perambulation of Rydal by the Lake Path and the Coffin Path
1500 Janine Utell (Widener) – ‘I did my work like a man’: Leslie Stephen, Mountaineering, and Masculinity
1545 Pamela Buck (Sacred Heart) – Prints, Panoramas, and Picturesque Travel in Dorothy Wordsworth’s Journal of a Tour on the Continent
1630 Wordsworth Conference Foundation AGM (Members and Friends)
1730 Paper 19 – John Hartley (Open University) – ‘Romance Mania’ and John Stagg’s Minstrel of the North
1815 Rachel Nisbet (Lausanne) – Wordsworth’s Poetic Mediation of Nature’s Still Small Voices
1900 Dinner
2030 John Bugg (Fordham University): Cobbett’s Country Peace

Monday 10 August
0715 Early Morning Walk
0915 Susan Wolfson (Princeton University): What’s in a Name?
1100 Oliver Clarkson (University College, Oxford) – Wordsworth and What Can’t be Said
1145 Kate Pfeffer (Trinity College, Cambridge) – Lyrical Babble
1245 A Walk – Helm Crag
1330 Excursion – The Jerwood Centre : hosted by Jeff Cowton, Curator

1715 Heather Stone (Brasenose, Oxford) – Coleridge and Lamb: reading round the margins
1800 Natsuko Hirakura (Waseda) – The Other Wollstonecraft Girl: Fanny Imlay in the Works of Mary Shelley
2030 Julia Tejblum (Harvard) – Wordsworth and the Relief of Central Switzerland
2115 Matthew Ward (St Andrews) – Wordsworth and Glee

Tuesday 11 August
0715 Early Morning Walk
1100 Brandon Chao-Chi Yen (Queens’ College, Cambridge) – The Political Iconography of Cottages in The Excursion
1145 Alexandra Paterson (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) – ‘I never could trace…’: Geology and Poetic Process in Charlotte Smith’s ‘Beachy Head’
1245 A Walk – Red Screes
1300 Excursion – Wordsworth House, Cockermouth & Castlerigg Stone Circle

2030 Hiroki Iwamoto (Waseda) – Endymion and Keats’s Aesthetic of Passivity
2115 Paul Whickman (Derby) – Poet as Sage, Sage as Poet: Aesthetics and Epistemology in Shelley’s ‘Mont Blanc’ and ‘Hymn to Intellectual Beauty’

Wednesday 12 August
0715 Early Morning Walk
0915 Richard Lansdown (James Cook University): A Marginal Interest? Byron and the Fine Arts
1100 Jessica Fay (Bristol) – Wordsworth’s Creation of Taste
1145 Tom Clucas (Justus-Liebig University) – ‘There is an Eminence’: The Poet as Parley-Hill
1245 A Walk – Blencathra by Hall’s Fell Edge
1300 C Excursion – Levens Hall

2030 A Reading Party on the shore of Rydal Water (weather permitting)

Thursday 13 August
0815 Breakfast
0945 Departures



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8th August to 18th August 2022




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