Welcome to the Nineteenth-Century Centre

The Nineteenth-Century Centre at the University of Birmingham provides a collaborative network for scholars working across traditional disciplinary, national, and temporal boundaries. We host regular events of interest to our members and mobilise the rich resources of the local area to support both research and teaching.

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Eleanor Dobson and Claire Jones (UoB): Poetry and the Visual Arts

Wednesday 23rd November, Arts 103 (Constance Naden), 5pm-7pm This event will facilitate informal discussion about the relationship between poetry and the visual arts across the long nineteenth century, speaking to the particular research interests of members of the Nineteenth-Century Centre across the Department of English Literature and the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual … Continue reading “Eleanor Dobson and Claire Jones (UoB): Poetry and the Visual Arts”

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Tess Somervell (Oxford): ‘Sweets of Poetical Despondence’: Creating Autumn in the Early Nineteenth Century

‘Sweets of Poetical Despondence’: Creating Autumn in the Early Nineteenth Century Dr Tess Somervell Worcester College, Oxford Wednesday, 9th November, 5pm-7pm Arts 103 (Constance Naden Room) In Jane Austen’s Persuasion (1817), the heroine Anne Elliot repeats ‘to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn … that season which had drawn from … Continue reading “Tess Somervell (Oxford): ‘Sweets of Poetical Despondence’: Creating Autumn in the Early Nineteenth Century”

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Claire Wood (Leicester): ‘The Devil’s Handwriting”: Solving the Mysteries of Dickens’s Shorthand’

‘“The Devil’s Handwriting”: Solving the Mysteries of Dickens’s Shorthand’ Dr Claire Wood University of Leicester Wednesday, 19th October 5pm – 7pm Arts Lecture Room 4 In the 150 years since his death, Charles Dickens’s works have never been out of print. Yet, incredibly, several texts in Dickens’s hand remain unknown because they are written in his … Continue reading “Claire Wood (Leicester): ‘The Devil’s Handwriting”: Solving the Mysteries of Dickens’s Shorthand’”

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Tennyson Talks

The Tennyson Society will be hosting a series of online talks this academic year, all of which will take place on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm London time.  OCTOBER 6                 Linda K. Hughes ‘The Elegies of Tennyson and Michael Field: Reclaiming and Transcending Loved Remains’.                                           NOVEMBER  3              Erik Gray                                                  ‘Tennyson and Sappho Revisited’    DECEMBER  … Continue reading “Tennyson Talks”

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Haunted Shores Network 2022 Conference

The Haunted Shores network is running its 2nd Annual Conference on Friday 20th May, free and online! The Haunted Shores network is running its second annual conference on Friday 20th May, free and online, on “En-tangled approaches to seaweed”. This is an interdisciplinary event on the cultural representation of the seaweed, coastal ecologies, and human/nonhuman (especially … Continue reading “Haunted Shores Network 2022 Conference”

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Humphry Davy and Victor Frankenstein

Please join us on Friday 6th May 5:00pm to 7:00pm in Arts 103 for an in person event with Prof. Sharon Ruston. In this talk I will introduce the nineteenth-century chemist Humphry Davy, his notebooks, and our project to crowdsource transcriptions of them using Zooniverse: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/humphrydavy/davy-notebooks-project. I will focus on one notebook in particular, kept in … Continue reading “Humphry Davy and Victor Frankenstein”

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Image, Copies, and Copyright: Illustrations of Nana Sahib, the “Butcher of Cawnpore”

Please join us on Wednesday 27th April at 5:00pm to 7:00pm in Arts 103 for an exciting talk with Prof. Priti Joshi. Join us for an exciting talk in which Professor Priti Joshi will introduce us to her current project on illustrations and technologies for the mass-production of illustrations in the 19th-century press. The talk will focus on … Continue reading “Image, Copies, and Copyright: Illustrations of Nana Sahib, the “Butcher of Cawnpore””

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Weird Ecologies and the Limits of Environmentalism

Please join us on Thursday 12th May 5:00pm to 7:00pm in Arts 103 for a fascinating talk with Prof. Dennis Denisoff. The Victorians thought and acted in ways we could now recognise as environmentalist, but they did so through their own methods and cultural matrices. My talk addresses an ecological worldview that contrasts with the … Continue reading “Weird Ecologies and the Limits of Environmentalism”

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Wednesday 23 March, 1pm-5:20pm, Arts 103: Postgraduate Study Day 2022

Please join us on Wednesday 23 March 1pm-5:20pm in Arts 103 for this 19th Century Centre study day. The 19th Century Centre PGT/R Study Day will be going ahead on Wednesday 23rd March 2022. The theme of the day will be ‘Celebration’ and we have a brilliant line-up of speakers (Ross Conway, Natasha Booth-Johnson, Gemma Larkin, Alan … Continue reading “Wednesday 23 March, 1pm-5:20pm, Arts 103: Postgraduate Study Day 2022”

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Tuesday 15 March, 5-7pm, Arts LR5: Dr Ellie Dobson and Dr Claire Jones (UoB), Sculpture and Poetry Event

Please join us on Tuesday 15 March 5-7pm in Arts LR5 for this 19CC workshop. This event will facilitate informal discussion about the relationship between sculpture and poetry across the long nineteenth century, speaking to the particular research interests of members of the Nineteenth-Century Centre across the Department of English Literature and the Department of … Continue reading “Tuesday 15 March, 5-7pm, Arts LR5: Dr Ellie Dobson and Dr Claire Jones (UoB), Sculpture and Poetry Event”

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