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Department of English Studies

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Moving Landscapes and Borderland Aesthetics in the Romantic Period

29th May 2019, 17:30 to 19:00, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Dr David Stewart (Northumbria)

An Inventions of the Text seminar.

The Anglo-Scottish Borderlands in the Romantic period seemed no longer a tense frontier, but instead a site ripe for antiquarian and tourist consumption. Yet fictional accounts of this area suggest a far less settled sense of place. Drawing on work by Jane Bennett, Tim Ingold and others on place, materiality and mobility, David Stewart explores the intersection of the physical environment and fictional experimentation in this period. The borderlands emerge as a place of constant and bewildering movement, from the people and animals that move within it to the quaking bogs and glimmering quicksands that beguile the unwary. The region, in turn, prompted a borderland poetics that allow us to rethink Romantic landscape aesthetics.

The seminar will be followed by drinks in The Victoria Inn and the option of dinner at Ristorante Capriccio. If you would like to join us for dinner, please contact us at

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