CFP: Romantic Heirs: Receptions, Legacies, Dialogues Since 1900 – Sheffield, deadline: 30 November

Romantic Heirs: Receptions, Legacies, Dialogues Since 1900


The University of Sheffield, 17th January 2014

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Matthew Campbell (University of York) and Prof. Michael O’Neill (Durham University)

Also includes a special concert held at Sheffield Cathedral, featuring original settings of Romantic poetry composed and performed by students of the Department of Music. See programme below.


‘To search for what you already are is the most benighted of quests, and the most fated’

– Harold Bloom, The Anxiety of Influence (1973)

Marking forty years since Bloom’s provocative study on the enduring influences of Romantic writers, the University of Sheffield invites the submission of papers for a free one day conference on the receptions, legacies and dialogues of Romantic literature. The study of Romanticism and its legacies sprawls across periods, disciplines, and forms, and this conference will contribute to growing scholarship in this field. The AHRC-funded “Romantic Heirs” project has hosted events at the University of Sheffield and the University of Durham throughout 2013 with the aim of promoting the work of postgraduate and early-career researchers interested in this subject. This concluding conference invites papers which consider the future of Romantic studies, in particular how this might pertain to theories of tradition and influence. Topics for papers might include, but are not limited to:

● Modern and contemporary receptions of Romanticism in poetry, prose, and drama;

● Romantic revisionism;

● the history of Romantic canonisation (e.g. inclusion of overlooked women writers) and its impact on literature and criticism;

● Romantic revolutions and/or the avant-garde;

● new readings of Romantic texts;

● the legacy of Romantic pan-Europeanism and/or its postcolonial contexts;

● the impact of the ‘Romantic child’ on subsequent and current society;

● adaptations of Romantic texts, figures, and events in film and visual cultures;

● Gothic and Romantic legacies and adaptations;

● transatlantic Romanticism;

● Romantic landscape, ecology and animal studies;

● recent and future impacts of Romanticism on policy, the arts, and psychology;

● Romanticism’s impact upon ideas of self, society, and nationhood;

● Critiques/ new readings of Bloom’s theory.

Panel proposals and abstracts of up to 300 words for 20-minute papers to be submitted to by 30th November. Please get in touch if you will have any problems meeting this deadline.

Romantic Heirs Concert (1)