We look forward to welcoming you to Durham for a two-day conference on Romantic humour and satire. This conference seeks to provide a framework for the relatively new, but steadily growing, interest in humour within Romantic studies. Our aim is to explore the ways in which Romantic writers perceived, understood, and employed humour in their works. A reappraisal of satire is central to this aim. Therefore we intend to consider comparatively neglected satirists, like Peter Pindar, as well as contemplate satirical strands in the leading figures of British Romanticism. Special attention will be devoted to the use of humour and satire in response to the social and political events of 1819.

Keynote Speakers

  • Matthew Ward, University of Birmingham
  • Susan Valladares, Durham University

Please note that there will be no registration fee as this event is generously funded by the Northern Bridge Consortium and Durham University Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Register for the Conference


Conference organisers: Daniel Norman (Durham), Jake Phipps (Durham), Valentina Varinelli (Newcastle).

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