14th International Symposium of the German Society for English Romanticism

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Thursday, October 6


14.00 - 14.30 Opening/Welcome Addresses

14.30 - 15.30 Keynote: Julian Wolfreys (Loughborough University): "Otherwise in London": Modernity and Estrangement in the Romantic Cityscape

Chair: Jens Martin Gurr

15.30 - 15.45 COFFEE


15.45 - 17.00 Panel I: "Walking London"


Chair: Fred Burwick

Rolf Lessenich (University of Bonn): Charles Lamb's London Wanderlust

Markus Poetzsch (Wilfried Laurier University, Waterloo): Leigh Hunt's Pedestrian "Townosophy": Reading London on Two Feet


17.15 - 18.30 Panel II: "Print Culture"


Chair: Angela Esterhammer

Anthony John Harding (University of Saskatchewan): The London Magazine and the Metropolitan Reader in the 1820s

Mihaela Irimia (University of Bucharest): 'No chimney half so foul appears, as doth the human heart": (S)weeping the City Clean from Blake to Popular Culture

18.30 - 19.30 DINNER


Friday, October 7


9.15 - 11.15 Panel III: "London in Performance"


Chair: Katharina Rennhak

Frederick Burwick (University of California, Los Angeles): Tom and Jerry: or, Life in London: Urban Representations and Mirror Reflections

Angela Esterhammer (University of Zurich): Representing Character in Late-Romantic Urban Performance and Print Culture

Christina Lai (University College London): Romanticism and the Eclectic City

11.30 - 12.30 Keynote: Kevin Gilmartin (California Institute of Technology, Pasadena): Country and City in Romanticism's Evangelical Revival

Chair: Jens Martin Gurr

12.30 - 14.00 LUNCH


14.00 - 15.15 Panel IV: "Wordsworth I"


Chair: Pascal Fischer

Mark Bruhn (Regis University, Denver):"The Suburbs of the Mind": Wordsworth's Cambridge and the City Within

Martina Domines Veliki (University of Zagreb): Wordsworthian London - (Re)Configurations of the Metropolis

15.15 - 15.45 COFFEE


15.45 - 17.00 Panel V: "Wordsworth II"


Chair: Sebastian Domsch

Norbert Lennartz: (University of Vechta): "Thou monstrous ant-hill" - Images of London and Romantic Concepts of Liminality

Heike Grundmann (University of Heidelberg): From London to Brooklyn - Representing the City in Wordsworth and Whitman

17.15 - 18.15 Keynote: Kiyoshi Nishiyama (Waseda University, Tokyo): A Cityscape to One Who Has Been Long in City Pent

Chair: Christoph Bode

18.15 - 19.30 DINNER

20.00 Concert: Nadja Wuchinger, Soprano; Hye-Jin Kwon, Piano


Saturday, October 8


9.00 - 10.15 Panel VI: "The Continental City I"


Chair: Gerold Sedlmayr

Hans Werner Breunig (University of Magdeburg): English Tourism in 19th-Century Literature: Hamburg, Cologne and the Oddity of German Cities

Miroslawa Modrzewska (University of Gdańsk): "Cauldron's bubble": A Theatrical Image of Venice in G. G. Byron's 'Beppo'


10.30 - 11.45 Panel VII: "The Continental City II"


Chair: Jens Martin Gurr

Patricia Plummer (University of Duisburg-Essen): "More than I could dream": Romantic Representations of Constantinople

Cian Duffy (Saint Mary's University College, London): "Nothing in the world can equal such a scene": Istanbul and the Romantic Sublime

11.45 - 12.45 Keynote: Ian Duncan (University of California, Berkeley) Human Habitats: The City and the Form of Man

Chair: Christoph Bode

12.45 - 14.00 LUNCH


14.00 - 16.00 Panel VIII: "(Sub-)Urban Politics in Romantic Writing"


Chair: Michael Meyer

Pascal Fischer (University of Würzburg): The City in the Anti-Jacobin Novel: A Place of Taste and Terror

Kate Scarth (University of Warwick): Emergent Suburban Spaces in Jane Austen's Emma

Katharina Rennhak (Bergische Universität Wuppertal): Romantic Dublin and the Politics of an Irish Cityscape

16.00 - 16.30 COFFEE

16.30 Departure for "Zeche Zollverein"


Sunday, October 9


9.00 - 10.15 Panel IX: "Urban and Mental Spaces I"


Chair: Frank Erik Pointner

Torsten Caeners (University of Duisburg-Essen): "Ruddy Morn" and "Ruddy Housemaids" - Urban Space as a Place of Romantic Imagination in Mary Robinson's 'London's Summer Morning'

Gerold Sedlmayr (University of Würzburg): The City as "Hot-bed for the Passions": Romantic Urbanity and the Discourse of Hygiene


10.30 - 11.45 Panel X: "Urban and Mental Spaces II"


Chair: Christoph Reinfandt Joel Faflak (University of Western Ontario): "one ample cemetery": De Quincey and the Urban Space of Moral Management

Tilottama Rajan (University of Western Ontario): "The Two Slopes of Literature": Poetry After Urbanization in Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats

11.45 - 12.45 Keynote: Drummond Bone (Balliol College, Oxford): Art and Nature: The City in Byron's Prose

Chair: Frank Erik Pointner

12.45 - 14.00 LUNCH

14.00 General Meeting of the Society