Conference Programme


08:30 Pre-Conference Trip to Hamburg
Visit and guided tour of the Art Gallery (Kunsthalle) and the Concert Hall Plaza (Elbphilharmonie)


14:00 Welcome Address
Prof. Dr. Burghart Schmidt, Principal of the University of Vechta

14:10 Introduction
Norbert Lennartz (Vechta), About Lost, Marginalised Writers and Romantic ‘One-Hit Wonders’

14:30 Keynote Lecture I
Fred Burwick (UCLA), Six Characters in Search of Lost Playwrights

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Forgotten and Marginal Romantics I
(Chair: Keir Elam)

  • Philip Hunnekuhl (Hamburg), Henry Crabb Robinson on Other Lost Romantics
  • Amelia Worsley (Amherst/Mass.), The Figure of the Hermit in the Poetry of Mary Robinson and Charlotte Smith

17:00 Keynote Lecture II
Richard Marggraf Turley (Aberystwyth), Barry Cornwall: Lost Nightingale

18:00 Reception at Town Hall and Welcome Address by the Mayor of Vechta

Piano Music: The Lost Romantics in Music, Prof. Wolfgang Mechsner


9:00 Keynote Lecture III
Tom Mole (Edinburgh), Catching Up with Walking Stewart

10:00 Coffee Break

10:30 Forgotten and Marginal Romantics II
(Chair: Michaela Hausmann & Oliver Schmidt)

  • Ute Berns (Hamburg), Figurations of Deep Time in the Writing of Thomas Lovell Beddoes
  • Andrew Hodgson (Birmingham), Beddoes and ‘the Florid Gothic in Poetry’
  • Franca Dellarosa (Bari), Towards a Labouring-Class Poetics: Recovering Edward Rushton

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Keynote Lecture IV

Richard C. Sha (American University), Mary Shelley’s Abortion

15:30 Coffee Break / Refreshments

16:00 Trip to Bremen
Guided Tour of Bremen
Conference Dinner at Schröter’s Leib & Seele; Schnoor


9:00 Keynote Lecture V
Lilla Crisafulli (Bologna), Mary Shelley, the Ventriloquist: Disguising Gender and Genre in the post-Frankenstein Narrative

10:00 Coffee Break

10:30 Lost and Unknown Romantics
(Chair: Richard Marggraf Turley)

  • Frank Erik Pointner (Duisburg-Essen), Thomas Hood: A Romantic Poet Manqué?
  • Anthony Harding (Saskatchevan), Mary Blachford Tighe: ‘No haunting dream’
  • Rolf Lessenich (Bonn), Lost Romantics: Nathan Drake and the Rehabilitation of Superstition

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Marginal Romantics and ‘One-Hit Wonders’
(Chair: Lilla Crisafulli)

  • Ralf Haekel (Göttingen), Lost in Media – John Polidori’s Hidden Afterlives
  • Serena Baiesi (Bologna), “Subjects of this kind are more fitted for narrative than for dramatic representation”: Polidori’s Ernestus Berchtold and the Daring Narrative of Incest
  • Jennifer Wawrzinek (FU Berlin), ‘Appearing Together’: Self and World as Sharing in Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere Journal

16:00 Coffee Break

16:30 On the Margins of the Romantic Canon I
(Chair: Fred Burwick)

  • Stefanie John (Münster), Reading Nature in the Poetry of Ann Batten Cristall
  • Dennis Weißenfels (Duisburg-Essen), Mo(o)re than Anacreon: Thomas Moore’s Flirtations with the Muse of Byron

19:30 Dinner, Poetry Reading, Book Auction and Music at the Restaurant Elmendorffburg, Vechta


9:00 Keynote Lecture VI
Michael O’Neill (Durham), ‘This breaking through the walls’: Death and Life in Thomas Lovell Beddoes’ Poetry

10:00 Coffee Break

10:15 On the Margins of the Romantic Canon II
(Chair: Tom Mole)

  • Charlotte May (Nottingham), The Letter of Samuel Rogers: Recovering a “perfumed bean”
  • Anna Camilleri (Christ Church, Oxford), Don Juan, Diego, and the Art of Digression

11:15 Coffee Break

11:30 On the Margins of the Romantic Canon III
(Chair: Michael O’Neill)

  • Susanne Schmid (FU Berlin), Editing Marguerite Blessington’s Marmaduke Herbert (1847)
  • Victoria Forrester (Leeds), The Life and Literary Works of Eliza Parsons: Authorship and the Literary Marketplace, 1790-1811

12:45 Lunch / End of Conference