Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

School of English Research Seminar

Porscha Fermanis, Realigning British Romanticism: Reflections on Literary Scholarship and the European Research Council.

Porscha Fermanis is Professor of Romantic Literature at University College Dublin. Her research interests include Romantic-era historiography and historical fiction; the relationship between Enlightenment and Romanticism; Scottish Romanticism; the work of John Keats; the Godwin- Shelley circle; and global Romanticisms. She is the author of John Keats and the Ideas of the Enlightenment (Edinburgh University Press, 2009), Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770-1845 (ed. with John Regan; Oxford University Press, 2014), and Romanticism: A Literary and Cultural History (with Carmen Casaliggi; Routledge, 2016). Prof. Fermanis is currently the Principal Investigator of a European Research Council project on Romanticism in the Southern Hemisphere and Straits Settlements. The project investigates, among other things, the circulation of books between Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the (then) Straits Settlements in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She is also completing a monograph entitled "Romantic Pasts: History, Fiction, and Feeling in Britain and Ireland, 1795-1845". What happens to Romanticism when we move outside Britain, Europe, and even the Northern Hemisphere? Is there still a Romanticism to be found? More importantly, what happens when we include the writing (anglophone and otherwise) of indigenous and mixed- race peoples within our frame of reference? Is it viable or even ethical to refer to such writing as 'Romantic'?

These are some of the questions informing "Realigning British Romanticism: White Settler and Indigenous Writing in the British- Controlled Southern Hemisphere, 1783-1870 ('SouthHem'), a European Research Council project that hopes to give the literatures produced, read, and circulated in the Southern Hemisphere a more central role in defining the literary culture of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Methodologically the project draws on a variety of approaches, including scalar theory; global history and globalisation theory; empire and postcolonial studies, esp. new imperial history; book history; the history of reading; cultural geography/the spatial turn; comparative literature; translation studies; transnational approaches; distant reading; and digital humanities.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 3-4 pm
Location: Room 2.12 O'Rahilly Building UCC
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Clíona Ó Gallchoir
021 4903288

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