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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Visual Evidence (Ghosts - the Evidence of Spirits) Public Lecture series : 'Ghostly Language': Wordsworth's ghosts and spectral subjectivity

13th October 2015, 18:15, Room ER140, Elvet Riverside Building, Dr Mark Sandy

This lecture focuses on the Romantic poetics of memory and the spectral geography of mourning to explore how those ghostly presences, which inhabit and haunt Wordsworthian landscapes are equally those figures of a poetic past (Milton, Spenser, and Wordsworth himself) whose return, through a series of imaginative allusions, both constitute Romantic writing and point to the spectralisation of Romanticism itself in Romantic and post-Romantic writing and theory. Paradoxically, then, Romanticism comprises its own 'ghostly memory of mourned absences' and the haunted presence of its own future absence.



The project consists of three separate, but complementary strands: a lecture series, an exhibition on ‘Ghost Stories’ held in October 2015 at the Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre; and a one-day workshop to take place at the IAS on 23 February 2016. Lectures will be held fortnightly on commencing 13 October at 6:15pm in Elvet Riverside 140. Lectures and the exhibition are open to all, though attendees at the opening event of the exhibition will need to register in advance.

For more information on this series of events, please click on this link.

 

This lecture is free and open to all.

Map - Elvet Riverside is denoted as building No. 25

Contact m.r.sandy@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.