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Our colleagues (and fellow C19 Group Members) at Bishop Grosseteste University have put together an excellent programme for their School of Humanities Seminar Series. Information about this series can be found below:

‘BGU School of Humanities is pleased to launch its first multidisciplinary research seminar series. Each seminar provides a relaxed forum in which BGU academics, academics from other universities, undergraduates, postgraduates, and the public connect and converse in an informal intellectual research environment. All seminars take place on a Wednesday, except our third seminar in November (26 Nov.), at 1:00pm, except for the first one in the series, which starts at 14:00.

Seminars last for one hour, including a 30-40 minutes presentation about a current piece of research, followed by a 20-30 minutes discussion. You are welcome and light refreshments are offered. For further information, please contact the convenors Dr Claudia Capancioni claudia.capancioni@bishopg.ac.uk [01522 583740] and/or Dr Claire Hubbard-Hall claire.hubbard-hall@bishopg.ac.uk [01522 583736].

This new series starts on Wednesday 7 October 2015 at 14:00,  with Dr Amber Pouliot (Teaching Fellow in British Studies, University of Evansville at Harlaxton College UK), who is the first guest for English. Dr Pouliot taught English at BGU last year. Her paper is entitled, ‘Guidebooks, Ghostliness, and the Brontës: Charting the Path from the ‘Silent Country’ to the Séance.This seminar will be held in Hardy Seminar Three (Hardy Building).’

2015 research seminar series poster (3)

Last Thursday, Professor Jason Whittaker (School of English and Journalism) gave a fascinating lecture about the reception of William Blake in the ‘long’ nineteenth-century. The talk focussed on lyrics from Blake’s Milton, a Poem, lines which are nowadays better known as ‘Jerusalem’.

Jason discussed the confusion with which many mid-Victorians greeted Milton. As a result of this confusion,  Blake’s ‘Stanzas from Milton’ became detached from their original context – being commonly printed on their own without the eccentric longer poem. This decontextualisation was part of a long journey, at the end of which Hubert Parry would set Blake’s once-obscure lines to music – turning them into the famous hymn that we know today.

C19 members may be interested in this conference on nineteenth-century sculpture, which is taking place in Leeds on 3rd October:


Programme 2015-16

I’m delighted to announce this year’s programme for the Nineteenth-Century Research Group:


Semester A


Thurs 24th Sept: Jason Whittaker (Lincoln), ‘Before “Jerusalem”: Blake’s stanzas from Milton, 1863 to 1915’ (MC0024)


Thurs 22nd Oct: Phyllis Weliver (St Louis), ‘ “musical, I see!”: Daniel Deronda, the Aesthetic Critic and New Liberalism’ (MC0024)


Thurs 19th Nov: Pietro Dipaola (Lincoln), ‘The Torch: A transnational anarchist newspaper’ (MB1013)


Semester B


28th Jan: Julia Podziewska (Sheffield Hallam), ‘Wilkie Collins and the inheritance plot’ (MB1012)


25th Feb: Group discussion on the ‘Manifesto of the V21 Collective’ (MB1012)


Please read this page beforehand, including the comments at the bottom: http://v21collective.org/manifesto-of-the-v21-collective-ten-theses/


17th March: Lincoln PhD talk: Grace Harvey and Michelle Poland – Titles TBC (MB1012)


14th April: Sibylle Erle (Bishop Grosseteste), ‘War, Napoleon and the Panorama’ (MB1012)



Refreshments will be served at 5pm, and the paper (or discussion, where appropriate) will begin at 5.15pm.


I hope you will agree that this looks like an exciting programme. We have an extra slot this year, which I think speaks volumes about how much this group has grown!


As previously noted, we are testing out the new slot of 5pm on Thursdays. Feedback will be very welcome on this as we go along.

Our first session, on 24th Sept, will be as follows:




Professor Jason Whittaker (English and Journalism) ,


“Before ‘Jerusalem': Blake’s stanzas from Milton, 1863 to 1915”


When Hubert Parry set Blake’s stanzas from the epic poem Milton to music in 1916, he created one of the most famous hymns of the twentieth century which, in more recent years, has often been mooted as an alternative English national anthem to God Save the Queen. By the time of Blake’s death the stanzas themselves were virtually forgotten. Alexander Gilchrist first brought them to a wider audience when he included the lines as an example of the “singular preface” and the lyric was reprinted at various points during Victorian and Edwardian periods. It was even set to music before Parry turned his hand to it, Walford Davis composing a version for the Morecombe Festival in 1908. As such, this talk will explore how lines beginning “And did those feet…”, detached from Blake’s original and obscure mythology and set against a background of British Israelitism and increasing imperial confidence, could be transformed into a proto-national hymn.

This session will take place at 5pm on Thursday 24th Sept in room MC0024, which is on the ground floor of the MHT Building. The MHT is number 2 on this map:



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