globalJoseph Turner, "Rome from Mount Aventine," 1836

Global Romanticisms:  the Dean’s Lecture Series


‘Romanticism’ is a canonical and Eurocentric topic among literary, art history and music scholars, a more marginal one in the fields of history, sociology, and global studies. Yet the period with which Romanticism is associated—roughly that between 1770 and 1840—was one in which Europe’s relationship with the rest of the globe was dramatically and fundamentally changed. Indeed, the cluster of ideas, practices and artifacts with which Romanticism is associated are saturated with the experience and imagination of a range of ‘others’ across the globe, from the Americas to the South Pacific, from India to Persia, and from China to Persia and the penal colony of New South Wales. This lecture series will address these geographically and culturally diverse manifestations of the romanticism born of revolution and war from the third quarter of the eighteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. Topics will include secular and religious encounters across national borders (from explorers to missionaries); romantic geographies of disease and environment; orientalism and the re-ordering of the exotic; romantic abolitionism and colonization; gender, race and the antinomies of modernity; painting and music in the European metropolis, the capitalist machines of war and empire; and the global circulation of forms of radicalism, rebellion and alterity.

To view or download this semester's Dean's Lecture Series poster, please click here.

Upcoming Events:

March 26, 2014, Alan Bewell, "Natural History and Translation," 4pm in Humanities 1008.

April 2, 2014, Roger Parker, "Painting (and Sounding) the Ninteenth-Century Metropolis," 4pm in Humanities 1008.


Past Events:

February 5, 2014, Vanessa Smith, "Romantic Exchange in the Age of Exploration."

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