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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Inventions of the Text Seminar Series

Inventions of the Text complements our Research Seminar series. Inventions is organised by a team of postgraduate researchers, and combines papers by academics from Durham and beyond with presentations by PhD students. Seminars run roughly every couple of weeks during term time, with around eight or nine events a year. After each seminar, attendees are welcome to socialise with the speaker(s) over dinner. They are generally for University staff and students, although sometimes open to the public.

Forthcoming Inventions of the Text Seminars

Inventions of the Text

Logics of European Romanticism

6th March 2020, 17:30 to 19:00, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Professor Paul Hamilton (Queen Mary University of London)

An Inventions of the Text seminar, followed by drinks and dinner. All welcome.

There are problems, still, about producing a unified field theory of European Romanticism. It does not sit in front of us, un-problematically available for inspection. It has to be thought up, speculated about, and any description of European Romanticism must take its place amongst rivals. In fact, the problem gets worse and worse, since, to keep the analogy going, the microscopic study of Romanticism seems increasingly less and less translatable into the larger, macroscopic understanding. Different parts of the field of study no longer seem to belong to each other or share the same values and priorities, but, perhaps, to displace each other. Those displacements, though, perhaps share a common figurative energy originating in an inalienable rhetorical energy as Romanticism, in Nietzsche’s phrase, keeps ‘becoming what it is’.

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Past Inventions of the Text Seminars