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AiS - MacDonald Lecture 2018: ‘Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years Revisited’

When:We 07-03-2018 17:00 - 19:00
Where:Heymanszaal, Academy Building

This lecture, by Professor Nicholas Roe (St Andrews), will look back at how the first edition of my study, Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years (1988), was researched and written in the 1970s and 1980s. It will explore some more recent findings about both poets during the revolutionary 1790s, and particularly about Wordsworth in 1793. It will conclude with some reflections on both poets’ writings in the period 1795- 1797, and particularly on ‘Tintern Abbey’. I hope to offer some further thoughts about the Romantic poets of the 1790s and the Northern Irish ones of the 1980s (particularly Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon), about John Keats, and about John Thelwall – citizen, poet, and prophet – to whom both the first and the new edition of Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years (2018) are dedicated.

As well as Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years, Nick Roe is the author of The Politics of Nature: William Wordsworth and Some Contemporaries, John Keats: A New Life, John Keats and the Culture of Dissent, and Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt. He is the editor of Romanticism: An Oxford Guide, John Keats and the Medical Imagination, and Keats and History. He also edits the journal, Romanticism, and is academic convenor of the legendary Wordsworth Summer Conference, held each year in the Lake District. He is one of the most vital and generous scholars of Romanticism in the United Kingdom, and the English Department is delighted to welcome him as MacDonald lecturer for 2018 — the year in which his pioneering study of Wordsworth and Coleridge’s radicalism is reissued by Oxford University Press to mark its thirtieth birthday.