Romanticism in a New Key

A Symposium in Honor of Jerome McGann

Registration for this event is free and open to the public. To register, click HERE.

The schedule of events is posted below and available here.

April 5-6, 2019, Colloquium Room, Photonics Center

Boston University, 8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston MA 02215

Parking is available for a fee at BU’s Granby Lot, at 665 Commonwealth Avenue (about a 5 minute walk from the Photonics Center).

Provisional Schedule:

Friday April 5

9:45 Welcome

10:00-11:30 Session 1

Marjorie Levinson, University of Michigan,  “A View of Particulars: McGann’s Pictures of Great Detail”

Luisa Calè, Birkbeck, University of London, “‘A Dream of Thiralatha: Promiscuous Book Gatherings and the Wandering of Blake’s Separate Plates’”

11:30-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Session 2

Jane Stabler, University of Saint Andrews, “Changeable too – yet somehow ‘Idem semper’”: thinking about Byron from Fiery Dust to Radiant Textuality

Andrew Stauffer, University of Virginia, “Love’s What Vanishes: Romantic Textuality and the Making of Byron”

3:00-4:30 Session 3

Meredith McGill, Rutgers University, “Transatlantic Address: Washington Allston and the Limits of Romanticism”

Paul Keen, Carleton University, “From Major to Minor: Romanticism and the New Utilitarianism”

5-6:30 Keynote

Jerome McGann, University of Virginia, “Romanticism in a New Key and the Case of Edgar Allan Poe”

6:30-7:30 Reception


Saturday April 6

9:30-10:30 Session 4: Plenary

James Chandler, University of Chicago, “Figures in a Field:  Revisiting Romantic Canonicity”

11:00-12:30 Session 5

Jon Klancher, Carnegie Mellon University, “What Happened to the Periodical?”

Michelle Levy, Simon Fraser University, “The New Republic of Women’s Letters”

12:30-1:45 Lunch

1:45-3:15 Session 6

Alan Richardson, Boston College, “Revolutionary Sensibility, Embodied Poetics”

Jeffrey Robinson, Glasgow University, “Jerome McGann, Romanticism, and 20th- and 21st-century innovative poetics”

3:45- 4:45 Closing Discussion: Romanticisms in a New Key


Organized by Adriana Craciun, Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Chair of the Humanities at Boston University and Editor of Studies in Romanticism.

Sponsored by: Boston Area Romanticist Colloquium; Boston University Center for the Humanities; Boston University Departments of English, European Studies, New England & American Studies, and World Languages and Literatures; Boston College Department of English; Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Chair of Humanities; Studies in Romanticism.