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The Lisa Jardine Annual Lecture: Professor Isobel Armstrong – Alternative Fin de Siècle Poetries: Kipling, Hardy, Field, Meynell

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6 June 2018

Time: 6:30 - 9:30pm
Venue: Arts Two Lecture Theatre, Mile End campus.
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How many Fin de Siècle poetries were there? We tend to think of poetry at the end of the nineteenth century through the aesthetic movement, Wilde, and the coteries formed by the poets Yeats called ‘the tragic generation’. However, many poets produced volumes at the end of the century with their own distinctive aesthetics and politics. In this homage to Lisa Jardine I will speak of four of these, giving them a context in Darwin’s late work rather than in aesthetic philosophy.


Isobel Armstrong is Emeritus Professor of English (Geoffrey Tillotson Chair) at Birkbeck, University of London, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies, a Fellow of the British Academy and Hon Foreign Scholar of the American Academy. Over the last few years she has taught at Harvard, the Bread Loaf School of English, and Johns Hopkins University and Princeton. Her Victorian Glassworlds. Glass Culture and the Imagination 1830-1880 (2008) won the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Prize. Her interests encompass critical and aesthetic theory and feminist writing (see The Radical Aesthetic, 2000, and the Oxford Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Women’s Poetry, 1993) and nineteenth-century literature. She is currently revising Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics and Politics (1993) for a new edition. Oxford University Press published her Novel Politics. Democratic Imaginations in Nineteenth-Century Fiction, in 2017. Poems by her appeared in Shearsman’s anthology of poetry by women, edited by Carrie Etter, Infinite Difference. Other Poetries by UK Women Poets, 2010.

Drinks reception to follow.

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