University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Romanticism, Now and Then

April 20, 2018

Romanticism, Now and Then: 

New Literary History Workshop

April 20-21, 2018

University of Virginia

This intensive two-day workshop will bring together literary historians, musicologists, and art historians to reflect on the present, past, and future of Romanticism, as an interpretive project and a field of interdisciplinary inquiry. Hosted by New Literary History and the Institute of the Humanities & Global Culture at the University of Virginia, the workshop begins with opening remarks on Friday, April 20 at 1:00, and concludes with a discussion on Saturday, April 21, from 5:00-5:30. The event is free and open to the public. How has the Romanticist interpretive project developed in recent decades, particularly in dialogue with literary theory and historiography? In this bicentennial era of the Romantic period, what connections and modes of remembering obtain, and to what ends? In what senses does Romanticism imply a method, a form, a politics? What are the abiding keywords, concepts, and challenges of Romanticism within and across disciplines, and what questions or arenas of thought have ceased to be central? What futures do you see for Romanticism as a conceptual and/or professional field?


Friday April 20

Institute of the Humanities & Global Culture

Wilson Hall Room 142



Opening remarks

Bruce Holsinger and Andrew Stauffer

New Literary History and Department of English, University of Virginia



“Romantic Difficulty”

Anahid Nersessian

Department of English, UCLA



Le romantisme en Haïti: History, Historiography, Form”

Marlene Daut

Program in American Studies & Carter G. Woodson Institute for 

African-American and African Studies, University of Virginia



“The Question of Sensibility”

James Chandler

Department of English, University of Chicago


Saturday April 21

Institute of the Humanities & Global Culture

Wilson Hall Room 142



“The Arabesque from Kant to Comics”

Cordula Grewe 

Department of Art History, Indiana University



 “Romantic Musical Aesthetics and the Transmigration of Soul”

Holly Watkins

Department of Musicology, Eastman School of Music and

University of Rochester



“Romantic Subjects and Iambic Laws:

Episodes in the Early History of Contract Negotiations”

Jerome McGann

Department of English, University of Virginia



“Kindred Spirits: Transatlantic Romantic Poetics”

Virginia Jackson

Departments of English and 

Comparative Literature, UC-Irvine



“Romanticism and the Avowal of Coevalness”

Tristram Wolff

Departments of English and Comparative 

Literature, Northwestern University



Closing discussion


Homer Statue
Wilson 142
9:00 am