Call for Papers: Walpole and Strawberry Hill, Once More

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on August 23, 2010

Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill has become quite the scholarly stimulus. With the restoration almost completed, this symposium (apparently a bit less art historical than much of the recent attention) will celebrate the building’s reopening . . .

Romantic Adaptations: A Strawberry Hill Symposium
St Mary’s University College, Twickenham (London), 25-26 March 2011

Proposals due by 31 October 2010

This two-day conference, hosted jointly by the Departments of English and Film and Popular Culture at St Mary’s University College, will mark the re-opening of Horace Walpole’s Gothic mansion at Strawberry Hill. Despite Blake’s often-quoted contention that he had to ‘create a system or be enslaved by another man’s’, the investment in originality during the Romantic period disguises a pervasive culture of adaptation. The diverse afterlives of Romanticism can also best be described as a history of adaptation. This conference, itself hosted in a highly adapted Gothic space, seeks to consider both romantic-period adaptation, and subsequent adaptations of ‘romanticism’ and ‘the romantics’. The organisers invite abstracts for papers engaging with any aspect of this history of adaptation. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Antiquarianism, imitations and forgeries
  • Histories and myths of romantic lives
  • Gothic appropriations in print and on screen
  • Iterations of poetic genres
  • Classicism in art and politics
  • Romantic intertexts
  • Romantic drama and music
  • Popular appropriations of romanticism
  • ‘Genre’ and interdisciplinarity
  • Eco-adaptations of romanticism

Keynote speakers are: Prof Andrew Bennett (Bristol); Dr Ian Hunter (De Montfort); Prof Peter Kitson (Dundee); and Prof Nigel Leask (Glasgow). The conference will include a tour of Horace Walpole’s newly-adapted house. Enquiries and / or abstracts, of no more than 300 words, for papers of approximately 20 minutes, should be sent to Dr Caroline Ruddell (ruddellc@smuc.ac.uk) or Dr Cian Duffy (duffyc@smuc.ac.uk). Abstracts should be received by 31st October 2010.

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