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Light and the Poetics of Ambivalence

23rd November 2013, 09:50 to 17:00, Lecture Room 20, Pemberton Lecture Theatre, Palace Green

A One-Day Symposium organised by the Romantic Dialogues and Legacies Research Group.

9:50-10:00: Welcome

10:00-11:15: Victorians Panel

  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Organisation of Light – Dr Anna Barton (Sheffield)
  • ‘…craving alms of the sun’: Emily Brontë’s Dark Tales – Dr Sarah Wootton (Durham)
  • ‘Impalpable and imponderable ether’: Ruskin and the Physics of Light – Dr Peter Garratt (Durham)

11:45-1:00: Moderns Panel

  • Unbearable Lightness: Some Modern Instances (Auden, Stevens, Eliot) – Dr Tony Sharpe (Lancaster)
  • Door into the Light: The Later Poems of Seamus Heaney – Professor Stephen Regan (Durham)
  • ‘The Changed Measures of Light’: Geoffrey Hill’s Difficult Revelations – Professor Michael O’Neill (Durham)

2:15-3:15: Plenary Lecture

Electric Lanternlight: Some Reflections on Larkin, Heaney, and Keats – Professor Nicholas Roe (St. Andrews)

3:45-5:00: Romantics Panel

  • Coleridge and the Divine Light – Dr Chris Murray (Durham)
  • ‘Magical Variety Diffuse’: Light and the Poetics of Transformation in Byron and Shelley – Dr Mark Sandy (Durham)
  • ‘In endless morn of light’: Parry, Milton and the Pindaric Ode – Professor Jeremy Dibble (Durham)

All are welcome; attendees are asked to register by 20 November with the Institute of Advanced Study via Mrs Audrey Bowron.

For further details, please contact the organisers: Professor Michael O’Neill, Dr Mark Sandy, Dr Sarah Wootton.

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