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Poetry, Politics and Pictures in the Nineteenth Century

March 26, 2010
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United Kingdom

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Poetry, Politics and Pictures in the Nineteenth Century

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Registration open: £70 full fee (£50 postgraduate fee).


Friday 26th March

9:15-9:45: Coffee and Registration

9:45-10.55: Plenary Lecture

Malcolm Chase (University of Leeds): ‘The Politics of Sight: Chartism's Graphic Dimension’


11:00-12.45: Panels

A) European Politics in Word and Image

Danny Karlin (University of Sheffield): ‘Madame de Staël as Corinne: the Figure of the Singer’

Jim Cheshire (University of Lincoln): ‘Gustave Doré’s Illustrations to Idylls of the King and Anglo-French Politics’

B) European Influences

Marie-Stephanie Delamaire (Columbia University): ‘European History vs American Politics: Thomas Nast’s Cartoons of the Reconstruction Era’

Jan-Dirk Baetens (University of Leuven): ‘Democracy in Style: The Case of Pre-Rubenism’

Anwesha Dutta Ain (TechnoIndia College of Technology): ‘Company Poetry: Constructing India and Consolidating Colonial Power’

C) Politics and Form

Itsuki Kitani (Durham University): ‘The Palate, Stomach, and Heart: Shelley’s Aesthetics of Political Gastronomy in Queen Mab’

Frederik Van Dam (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven): ‘The Parergon of Morality: Aesthetics and Politics in Anthony Trollope’s Palliser Novels’

Matthew Bevis (University of York): ‘Edward Lear’s Lines of Flight’

12:45-13:45: Lunch

13:45-14:15: Marcus Waithe: Ruskin Online Museum 

14:20-15:50: Panels

A) Poetry of Crisis

Martin Dubois (University of Cambridge): ‘Hopkins and the European “culture wars”’

Michael Perraudin (University of Sheffield): ‘Poetry of the Rhine Crisis, 1840’

Eveline G. Bouwers (University of Bielefeld): ‘Greed, Gluttony and Lust: Depictions of the Roman Catholic Clergy in Imperial Germany’

B) English and French Political Caricature

Jack Rhoden (University of Sheffield): ‘Louis Napoléon in the French Second Republic 1848-51’

Britta Martens (University of the West of England): ‘Literary and Visual Representations of the French Emperor Louis Napoléon’

Therie Hendrey-Seabrook (University of Sussex): ‘Punch’s Political Practice, or Drawing the Line Between Radical Shock and Political Persuasion’

C) Reception and Representation

Jane L Bownas (Open University): ‘Representation of the Napoleonic Wars in the Works of Thomas Hardy and J.M.W. Turner’

Kirsten Harris (University of Sheffield): ‘The ‘Labour Prophet’?: Representations of Walt Whitman in the Socialist Press’

John Lee (University of Bristol): ‘Following Rudyard Kipling’s “The Absent Minded Beggar”’

15.50-16.05: Coffee

16:10-17:20: Plenary Lecture

Lindsay Smith (University of Sussex): ‘To the grave and back: Pre-Raphaelitism and the Aesthetics of Resurrection’

18:00-19:30: Drinks Reception in Sheffield Town Hall, hosted by the Lord Mayor.


20:00: Dinner at a local restaurant 

Saturday 27th March

9:00-10:10: Plenary Lecture

Cornelia Pearsall (Smith College, Massachusetts): ‘Tennyson in “Waste Soudan”: Poetry and the Relief of General Gordon’ 

10:15-11:45: Panels

A) Poetry and Nationalism

Charlotte Ashby (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘The Kalevala and Finnish Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century’

Brian Vick (Emory University):  ‘Poetry, Prints and Politics – and Music – at the Vienna Congress’

Salah J. Khan (Mississippi State University): ‘Romantic Irony and Revolution: The Intersection of Aesthetics, Gender and Politics in Nineteenth-Century France’

B) Robert Browning and the Pre-Raphaelites

John Woolford (University of Sheffield): ‘Painting Presence and Absence: Browning, Rossetti and Illustration’

Christine Chettle, (University of Leeds): ‘The Political Currency of Repetition in Ernest Jones’s “The Song of the Low” and Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market”’

Gal Manor (Levinsky College of Education; University of New England): ‘Images of the Semite ‘Other’ in Robert Browning’s poems: the Arab and the Jew from The Return of the Druses to Ferishtah’s Fancies

C) Identity and Origins

Irene Rabinovich (Holon Institute of Technology): ‘The Portrait of a Jewish Actress: Historicizing Rachel’s Jewishness’

Clare Broome Saunders (University of Oxford): ‘Queen Victorian and Poetic, Political and Pictorial Uses of Medievalism’

Matthew Campbell (University of Sheffield): ‘'Moore, Maclise and the New Mythology: The Origin of the Harp'.

11:45-12:00: Coffee

12:00-13:30: Panels

A) Writing Radical Politics

Kirsti Salmi-Niklander (University of Helsinki): ‘“Nor Happiness, nor Majesty nor Fame”: Proletarian Decadence and English Impulses in the Early Finnish Working Class Literature’

Ingrid Hanson (University of Sheffield): ‘Political Action and Poetic Form in William Morris’s Chants for Socialists and The Pilgrims of Hope

David Gent (University of York): ‘Poetry and Political Radicalism in the 1830s West Riding: Poetic Critiques of the Whig Politician Lord Morpeth’

B) Theorising Aesthetics

Erin Snyder (University of Sheffield): ‘Geological drawings and nineteenth century politics’

Margaret Werth (University of Delaware): ‘Painting, Poetry, Politics: Impressionism’

Matthew Haigh (Aarhus University): ‘Abolition was an Aesthetic Experience’

13:30-14:30: Lunch

14:30-16:00: Panels


A) Pre-Raphaelite Art and Poetry

Antoinette Curtin (Trinity College Dublin): ‘The Politics of Ugliness in Pre-Raphaelite Art’

Julia Doménich (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid): ‘“The Glorious Lady of my Mind”: Dante Gabriel Rossetti reads Dante Alighieri’

Katja Lindskog (Columbia University): ‘Missing Images: William Morris and the Politics of History’ 

B) Poverty and Protest

Charlotte Boyce (University of Portsmouth): ‘“When Hunger Rages Fierce and Strong”: The Politics of Hunger in Victorian Illustrated Periodicals, 1840-49’

Debbie Bark (University of Reading): ‘Poetry of Social Conscience, Poetry of Transition: Ann Hawkshaw’s ‘The Mother to Her Starving Child’ (1842)’

Meagan Timney (University of Victoria): ‘“By Cruel Slavery’s Iron Hands”: Mary Hutton and the Sheffield Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society’

16.05-16.15: Coffee

16:15-17:40: Closing Roundtable Discussion:

Bertrand Taithe, Martina Lauster and Mike Sanders; chaired by Samantha Matthews





Ingrid Hanson, Erin Snyder, Jack Rhoden, Marjorie Cheung, Kirsten Harris and Barry Orr


Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield Campus, Sheffield


Wilfred Jack Rhoden

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