Keynote Speakers

John Barrell

John Barrell is Professor of English Literature at Queen Mary University London. He has published widely on the literature, history and art of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in Britain, focusing on language, landscape, law, empire, theories of society and progress, and the theory of painting. His most recent book, Edward Pugh of Ruthin, was published by the University of Wales Press in 2013. He is slowly writing a book on the artists of the Royal Academy and the politics of reform in the 1790s, and has recently begun a new project on Thomas Moore and the Irish diaspora. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the English Association, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters of the University of Chicago, an honorary DLitt, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and in 2014 became an Honorary Fellow of King’s College Cambridge.

James Chandler

Professor James ChandlerProfessor James Chandler’s  research and teaching interests include the Romantic movement; the study of lyric poetry; the history of the novel; relations between politics and literature, history and criticism; the Scottish Enlightenment; modern Irish literature and culture; the sentimental mode; cinema studies; and the history of humanities disciplines. He is author numerous works on the Romantic period, including Wordsworth’s Second Nature: A Study of the Poetry and Politics (1984), England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism (1998), An Archaeology of Sympathy: The Sentimental Mode in Literature and Cinema (2013).

Claire Connolly

Claire Connolly is Professor of Modern English at University College Cork. She is the author of A Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1790–1829, published in 2012 as part of the Cambridge Studies in Romanticism and winner of the Donald J Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book, presented by the American Conference for Irish Studies.  She is editor of Theorising Ireland (Palgrave) and  co-editor (with Joe Cleary) of the Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture (2005). She has produced scholarly editions of a number of the key prose texts of Irish romanticism, notably Pickering & Chatto’s Tales and Novels of Maria Edgeworth and (with Stephen Copley) a new critical edition of Sydney Owenson’s Wild Irish Girl (also for Pickering & Chatto). Claire has published a great many essays and book chapters on Irish Romanticism, including a chapter in the 2-vol. Cambridge History of Irish Literature; recent chapters on the national tale in the Oxford History of the Irish Book, Vol. 4 and the Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVol. 2; and ‘A Bookish History of Irish Romanticism’ in Porscha Fermanis and John O’Regan (eds), Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770–1845 (2014).

Peter Garside

Peter GarsideProfessor Peter Garside was educated at Cambridge and Harvard Universities, and taught English Literature at Cardiff University from 1967 to 2004, where he was a Professor of English Literature. From 1997 to 2004, he was Director of the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research (CEIR) at Cardiff University. He subsequently became Professor of Bibliography and Textual Studies at the  University of Edinburgh, where he is now an Hon. Professorial Fellow. He became an Executive Editor for the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels (EEWN) in 1986, and has been a General Editor since 1994. He served as Advisory Editor to the Stirling/South Carolina Edition of the Collected Works of James Hogg from 1991, and in 1998 became Associate General Editor. He has edited three volumes apiece for these two scholarly collected editions. He was also a General Editor of the ground-breaking bibliographical survey The English Novel 1770–1829, 2 vols (Oxford University Press, 2000), and Director of the AHRC-funded online database, British Fiction, 1800–1829 (2004). His most recent publication is English and British Fiction, 1750–1820, co-edited with Karen O’Brien, representing Vol. 2 in the Oxford History of the Novel in English.

Devoney Looser

Devoney LooserDevoney Looser is Professor of English at Arizona State University. She was born in St Paul, MN, and received her BA in English from Augsburg College in Minneapolis in 1989 and her PhD in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1993. She has held teaching positions at Indiana State University, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Louisiana State University, and the University of Missouri, before joining ASU in 2013. She is the author of Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 1750–1850 (2008) and British Women Writers and the Writing of History, 1670–1820 (2000, rptd 2005). She is currently working on two book projects: Sister Novelists: Jane and Anna Maria Porter and The Making of Jane Austen. Outside of the classroom, Devoney plays roller derby as Stone Cold Jane Austen. She recently wrote about her experiences in the first-ever collegiate roller derby bout in Slate.