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11 November 2021 - 11 November 2021
1:00PM - 2:00PM
You are warmly invited to this academic year's first Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Studies Research Seminar, hosted by Durham University’s English Studies Department and the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies.
Letitia Landon faced two seemingly contradictory complaints from contemporary critics: that her writing was mechanical and repetitive, and that it was overly personal and symptomatic of vanity and egotism. Both are familiar criticisms of lyric poetry, yet Landon’s willingness to court them both in her work suggests an unusual level of comfort with personal repetition. Taking the iterative nature of the intimate in Landon's work not as a fault but as a compositional strategy, this paper asks what the aesthetic and ethical stakes might be for Landon and for the lyric.
Fellow in English at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
Alex Freer is the author of Wordsworth's Unremembered Pleasure (2020). He works primarily on romanticism (most recently the Wordsworths, Godwin, the Shelleys and Letitia Landon), literary theory (psychoanalysis; poetics; affect; ethics) and the history of criticism. Recent essays have focused on lyric's claims to touch people and on the aesthetics of dreams.