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British Association for Romantic Studies
Early Career and Postgraduate Conference 2018

Romantic Exchanges 1760-1840
University of Glasgow, 15th – 16th June 2018

The conference will explore the nature of exchanges in Romantic-period literature and thought. We will examine the idea of exchange from a range of perspectives; from the economic exchange of objects and commodities, to the personal exchange of letters and emotions, the literary exchange of themes and tropes, and the intellectual exchange of ideas, highlighting neglected connections between writers, texts, and contexts. Although concepts such as originality, seclusion, and the isolated genius remain central to Romanticism, a broader understanding of the role of exchange during the period develops our comprehension of the cultural movement.

In addition to the thirty conference papers, there will be seminars led by early-career researchers, a workshop focused on archives and collections, and keynote addresses from two leading scholars in the field of Romantic studies: Professor Gerard Carruthers of the University of Glasgow and Dr Susan Manly of the University of St Andrews.


‘I was required to exchange chimeras of boundless grandeur for realities of little worth.’
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1816).

‘‘Tis strange, – but true; for truth is always strange; / Stranger than fiction; if it could be told, / How much would novels gain by the exchange!’
Lord Byron, Don Juan (Canto XIV, 1823).

‘Helen was amused, as she followed [Lady Cecilia], in watching the readiness with which she knew how to exchange the necessary counters in the commerce of society…’
Maria Edgeworth, Helen (1834).

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