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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Modelling the Self: 'Discursive Constructions of Identity in British Romanticism,' by Professor Christoph Bode (University of Munich)

29th April 2008, 18:15 to 19:15, Elvet Riverside 140

This lecture will take a look at how subjective identities are constructed in William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, John Keats and Charlotte Smith. It will be shown that, although all four poets work within the paradox-prone paradigm of a Romantic self which tries to constitute itself out of itself, they come up with radically divergent solutions to the challange of discursive self-modelling. A brief outlook on twentieth-century poetic models of selfhood and identity (e.,g. Wallace Stevens) will prepare the way for a tentative answer to the question of whether we still operate within the Romantic framework of discursive self-construction or whether we have moved beyond it.

This lecture forms part of the Institute of Advanced Study's lecture series "Modelling the Self: Subjectivity and Identity in Romantic and post-Romantic Thought and Culture." The lecture series will run from November through to April (see full list of dates and titles below). External speakers will include Professor Christoph Bode, a leading expert on Romantic thought, Professor Philip Davis, author of the volume on Victorian literature in the New Oxford English Literary History, Professor Jacqueline Labbe, an eminent Romantic expert, Dr Andrew Michael Roberts, a specialist in contemporary poetry, and Ann Wroe, biographer of Pontius Pilate and Shelley. There will also be four speakers from the Department of English Studies: the three organisers, plus Professor Stephen Regan. It is intended to publish the lectures in an edited collection. The lectures are open to all.

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