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10:00am Welcome and introduction by Kathleen Wilson, HISB Director

Presentation by Maureen N. McLane, New York University


 “Romanticism: Now/Then”

When was the future? Where? Between “the homeless Future's wintry grove” and “the future, a broad sunrise” (Shelley, The Revolt of Islam), Romanticism’s futures oscillate. McLane will explore romantic “compositionism,” futurity, and poiesis.  Is romanticism, like Habermas’s modernity, an “unfinished project”?  Should it be decisively interred?  Romanticism’s Futures? Romanticism: No Future?

11:15am-11:45pm Discussion
11:45am-1:15pm Lunch Break
1:15-2:00pm Presentation by Theresa Kelley, University of Wisconsin

"Reading for the Future"

Romanticism has so often been described as the "Age of Prophecy." Theresa Kelley asks instead how Romantic prophecy fails and how that failure might be productive for thinking about how we might read toward futurity without prophecy.

2:00-2:30pm Discussion
2:30pm Closing Remarks

Maureen McLane photo Maureen N. McLane is Professor of English at New York University. She is the author of Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry, Romanticism and the Human Sciences, and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to British Romantic Poetry. She has published four books of poetry: Mz N: the serial: a poem-in-episodes,This Blue, World Enough and Same Life, as well as My Poets, a hybrid of memoir and criticism. 


Theresa Kelley photo Theresa Kelley is Marjorie and Lorin Tiefenthaler Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She writes about and teaches romanticism, aesthetics, visual culture, the philosophy and history of natural science, and contemporary narrative. Here books include Clandestine Marriage: Botany and Romantic Culture, Reinventing Allegory, and Wordsworth’s Revisionary Aesthetics.