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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Romantic Dialogues and Legacies Research Group

The Romantic Dialogues and Legacies Research Group was set up in 2005 in the Department of English Studies, Durham University, with Professor Michael O’Neill as Director and Dr Mark Sandy and Dr Sarah Wootton as Co-Directors. It provides a focus for research into the way Romantic literature often involves dialogues between authors or with past literatures and cultures, or for research into the way later writers respond to Romantic culture. Such reflections acknowledge the significance and diversity of Romantic legacies bequeathed to and shaped by later writers and cultures.

With the support of the Department of English Studies and Durham’s Institute of Advanced Study, the Research Group has now sponsored the following lecture series: The Legacies of Romanticism (2006), Modelling the Self (2007–8), Venice and the Cultural Imagination since 1800 (2009–10). Each lecture series has led to an edited collection of essays: in a special issue of Romanticism (guest edited Michael O’Neill), a special issue of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (guest edited Mark Sandy and Sarah Wootton), and a forthcoming book from Pickering & Chatto (edited Michael O’Neill, Mark Sandy, and Sarah Wootton). The Research Group has also organised a further lecture series on The Persistence of Beauty in Post-Romantic Literature (2012).

For relevant publications by the Research Group’s Directors, see their staff profiles. PhD theses on relevant topics that have been supervised in recent years include work on Wallace Stevens as a post-Romantic poet, Wordsworth and Coleridge’s response to Shakespeare, chaos and control in the poetry of Shelley, Byron, and Yeats, and Gary Snyder and Romanticism.

Colleagues in English Studies associated with the Research Group include (click on names to be taken to staff profiles):

Dr David Ashurst
Professor Timothy Clark
Professor Pamela Clemit
Professor Simon James
Dr Michael Mack
Dr Helen O’Connell
Dr Gillian Skinner