Past papers

Papers delivered at the NE Forum (2004-present)



Friday 5th May: Education and Accomplishments

Leanne Cane (Northumbria) ‘“In which instruction and amusement were happily blended”: Education and reading in the novels of Charlotte Smith’

Amélie Addison (Leeds) ‘Billy Boy – how the songs and sounds of William Shield’s youth in the North East accompanied him to Covent Garden and beyond’


Friday 10th March: Poetry and Classics

William Roberts (independent scholar) ‘Thomas Gray Three Hundred Years On’

Katie East (Newcastle) ‘Commenting on the Classics in the Eighteenth Century’


Friday 10th February

Zhen Gong (Newcastle) ‘The Houyhnhnm in Lilliput: Jonathan Swift’s Criticism of Modern Political Thought’

Claudine van Hensbergen (Northumbria) ‘Through the key hole at 60 Grosvenor Street, London: Auction, Anne Oldfield’s Domestic Interiors, and Early Celebrity’


Friday 27th January: special lecture

Michael O’Neill (Durham) ‘Shelley and the Poetry of Allusion’



Friday 9th December: The North

Declan McCormack (York) ‘Eighteenth-Century Theatre in the North East’

Alasdair McFarlane (Durham) ‘“Islands of Ink”: Discovery and Creation in the Travel Accounts of the South Seas’


Friday 11th November: Romanticism

Sharon Tai (Durham, English) ‘“the fear of snapping the flower”: Poetic Obscurity in the Sublime System of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’

Mike Rossington (Newcastle, English) ‘Shelley’s Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things: a newly recovered poem and its contexts’

Chris Murray (Durham, English) ‘“Ancestral voices prophesying war”: Kublai Khan and the Opium Conflicts’


Friday 21st October: Medical Histories

Andrea Knox (Northumbria, History) ‘Petticoat Physick or Binge Drinking?’: Geordie Huswines and Self-Medication in Eighteenth-Century Newcastle

Cathy McClive (Durham, History) ‘Venality and Expertise: Holding Medico-Legal Office in Eighteenth-Century France’


Friday 20th May

Eliza O’Brien (Newcastle), ‘Narration and Contagion: Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year

John Hemy (Northumbria), ‘Johnson’s Edition of Shakespeare (1765)’


Friday 11th March

Brycchan Carey (Kingston) ‘The Other Grainger Market: James Grainger’s The Sugar Cane (1764) and the Caribbean Slave Trade’

Leigh Wetherall Dickson (Northumbria) ‘SCANDALUM MAGNATUM: Lady Caroline Lamb’s Rumoured Suicide, Reputation, and Right to Reply’


Friday 26th February

Katharina Boehm (University of Regensburg) ‘Empiricism and the Past: Early Eighteenth-Century Travel Literature, Antiquarianism and the Objects of History’

James Harriman-Smith (Newcastle), ‘Garrick’s Line: Re-conceptualizing Eighteenth-Century Drama and its Place among the Arts’


Friday 29th January

Clark Lawlor (Northumbria) ‘“The history of half the sex”: Fashionable Disease, Capitalism and Gender in the Long Eighteenth Century’

Laura O’Brien (Northumbria), ‘Romantic Revolutions: Writing the History of Revolution in France, 1789-1848’



Friday 4th December

Special Lecture: Brian Cowan (McGill University)


Friday 27th November

Catherine Ellis (Durham), ‘Sensual Suppers: Eating and Drinking in the Parisian Brothel’

David Fallon (Sunderland), ‘Gillray and Faulder versus the Lascivious Earl: A Bookseller in the Tides of Culture’


Friday 16th October

Craig Hinds (Newcastle), ‘The Progress of Nations: Britain and the Redemption of the Classical Word in Felicia Hemans’s 1816- 1817 Poetry’.

Katie Aske (Northumbria) ‘Woman was made and designed by Heaven for the Pleasure of Man’: Cosmetics and Prostitution in the Eighteenth Century’


Friday 1st May

David Stewart (Northumbria) ‘Two Types of Form in the Literary Annuals’

Helen Stark (Newcastle) ‘“Remind[ers] of Famous Men”: Politicising the Grave in William Godwin’s Essay on Sepulchres (1809)’


Friday 13th March

Katie Stamps (Newcastle) ‘New History in an Old Museum: Dorothy Wordsworth and the Cultural Narrative of Writers’ House Museums’

Lauren Matthews (Newcastle) ‘Mary Shelley and the Development of the Short Story Genre’

Lindsey Skinner (Northumbria) ‘Keats and the Magazines’


Friday 20th February

Tawny Paul (Northumbria) ‘Private spaces and public lives: masculinity and understandings of urban space in 18th-century Britain’

Mark Anderson (Durham) ‘“From Change to Change we Run”: vital instabilities in Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Cantos I and II’


Friday 23rd January

Will Bowers (Newcastle) ‘The Many Rooms of Holland House: Poets, Exiles, and Satirists in a Whig Coterie, 1790-1825’

Mengmeng Yan (Durham) ‘Literary Representations of China in English and Irish Literature, 1760-1840’



Friday 5th December

Festive script-in-hand play reading of Aphra Behn’s three-act farce, The Emperor of the Moon (1687)


Friday 14th November

Allan Ingram (Northumbria) ‘Getting Personal: Swift’s Non-Public Poetry’

Andrew Hodgson (Durham) ‘Clare’s Lyric Impulse’


Friday 17th October

James Kennaway (Newcastle) ‘The Grand Organ of Sympathy: The Stomach and the Imagination in 18th-Century Britain’

Anna Fancett (Aberdeen) ‘It is a wise child that knows its own mother? Maternity and knowledge in Walter Scott’s Count Robert of Paris


Friday 19th September, Lit & Phil: The North in the Long-Eighteenth Century

An interdisciplinary conference to mark the ten year anniversary of the North East Forum for Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies

Keynote lecture by Richard Pears (Durham), ‘The Architecture of Eighteenth-Century Newcastle’

Panel One: Derek Janes (Exeter), ‘“Information of Great Frauds”: John and David Nisbet, Smugglers in Eyemouth’ & Tawny Paul (Northumbria), ‘Failure in the North: Bankruptcy, Imprisonment and Perceptions of the Scottish System’

Panel Two: Jonathan Peacock, ‘Jeremiah Dixon of Cockfield, 1733-1779’ & Adam Smith (Sheffield), ‘Writing the North in the Eighteenth-Century Periodical: The Case of the Yorkshire Freeholder

Panel Three: Ian Small (University of York), ‘Building a “Monarchy”: Tate Wilkinson and the Yorkshire Theatre Circuit 1766-1803’ & Diana Collecott, ‘William Hutchinson (1732-1814): Romantic Radical’

 Keynote lecture by Jon Mee (York), ‘Transpennine Enlightenment: Lit Phils in the North’

Originators’ Roundtable: Allan Ingram, Mike Rossington, Gillian Skinner and Richard Terry reflected on the Forum’s origins and development, and on the day’s proceedings.


Friday 9th May

Miriam Borham Puyal (University of Salamanca), Quixotic readers and quixotic writers: Cervantes’ daughters in Eighteenth-Century British narrative fiction

Jonathan Quayle (Newcastle University), Shelley’s earthly paradise

Danielle McDonnell (Northumbria University), “Put[ting] her Handmaid to Bed”: Rape and the common law in Daniel Defoe’s Roxana


Friday March 21st

Christopher Donaldson, Patricia Murrieta-Flores, C. J. Rupp and Ian Gregory (Spatial Humanities Team, Lancaster University) – Mapping the ‘Discovery’ of the English Lakes(

Sarah Winter (Northumbria University), The emergence and politics of Gothic melodrama

Jonathan Kewley (Durham University), Out with the bones, in with the urns: the changing iconography of eighteenth-century churchyard monuments


January 24th 2014

Pete Newbon (Northumbria University), Cockney Boy-Men

Callum Fraser (Newcastle University), Romantic Responses to Miltonic Ideas of the Fall

Rosie Bailey (Newcastle University), “The heaviest sin on this side of the Alps!”: Reframing European Reform in Shelley’s ‘Swellfoot the Tyrant’


January 16th 2014

Guest lecture: Jonathan Clark (University of Kansas), Reinterpreting Thomas Paine



November 22nd 2013

Laura Kirkley (Newcastle University), Rettung der Rechte des Weibes: translating Mary Wollstonecraft’s Revolutionary feminism for the German Nation

Anna Hope (Northumbria University), Metamorphosis and the Macabre in Ambrose Philips’s ‘The Tea-Pot; or, the Lady’s Transformation A new poem’

Liam Temple (Northumbria University), Medieval mystics in Early Modern England: Serenus Cressy and Mystical Theology


October 25th 2013

Jennifer Orr (Newcastle University), Ulster Romantic Poets and the politics of dissent

Ashleigh Blackwood (Northumbria University),‘The Dreadful Potion’: Abortifacients and pharmaceutical advice in Eighteenth-Century Literature


June 28 2013

Mike Rossington (Newcastle), ‘Crabbe’s Times’

Bob Owens (Bedford), ‘Jerome McGann’s “Social Textual Criticism” and the Editing of Literary Texts from the Long Eighteenth Century’


May 10 2013

Carissa Bussard (Durham), ‘The Romance of Reality in the Works of Mary Davys’

Claudine van Hensbergen (Northumbria), ‘“Be kind at last, and pity poor Jane Shore”: Editing, empathy and Rowe’s Jane Shore (1714)’


March 8 2013

David Fallon (Sunderland),


January 18 2013

Oliver Clarkson (Durham), ‘Shadows of Language in The Ruined

Robert Jones (Leeds), ‘Staging Richard Coeur de Lion: Gothic Politics and Whig Theatricals at Drury Lane’



December 7 2012

Beatrice Turner (Newcastle), ‘Parents, teachers and pupils in Mary Shelley and Godwin’

Christopher Donaldson (Lancaster), ‘Down the Duddon: Wordsworth and his Literary Pilgrims’


October 19 2012

Cassie Ulph (Leeds), ‘Competing conversations: Frances Burney, Hester Thrale and sociable models of cultural production’

Clark Lawlor (Northumbria), ‘Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, ca. 1660-1832’


June 29 2012

Andrew Lacey (Newcastle), paper entitled ‘Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Philosophy of Death, 1813-21’

James Watt (York), paper entitled ‘Cockney cosmopolitanism’


May 11 2012

Adam Smith (Sheffield), paper entitled ‘“Sir, executions are intended to draw spectators”: Text as Spectacle in the Ordinary of Newgate’s Accounts’

Helen Stark (Newcastle), paper entitled ‘“Nation [as] moral essence, not … geographical arrangement”: Burke’s hierarchies of inclusion and exclusion in the 1790s’


March 9 2012

Meiko O’Halloran (Newcastle), paper entitled ‘Parodying Romantic Poets: James Hogg, The Poetic Mirror, and the Literary Marketplace’

Helen O’Connell (Durham), paper entitled ‘Bad Sociability: Tea-Drinking in Ireland in the Early Nineteenth Century’


January 13 2012

Carissa Bussard (Durham), paper entitled ‘The Literary Merit of Reformed Romance: A Look at Amorous Intrigues, Passionate Wit and Gender/Identity Construction in the works of Eliza Haywood’

Eliza O’Brien (Northumbria), paper on ‘The Fiction of Sympathy: Adam Smith and the Romantic Novel’



December 2 2011

Helen Williams (Northumbria) ‘“Pause on the Landing”: Digressive Experiments in Tristram Shandy and Journey around my Room’

Richard Terry (Northumbria), paper on the use of postscripts in eighteenth-century letters, real and fictional


October 14 2011

Simon Moore (Newcastle), paper entitled ‘“A Conventicle of Guts”: Reading the Religious into Restoration Satire’

Gary Kelly (Newcastle), paper entitled ‘A “True People’s Book” (Carlyle): Howie’s Scots Worthies through the Really Long Eighteenth Century’


May 13 2011

Pamela Clemit (Durham) & Matthew Grenby (Newcastle), jointly-led session on ‘Godwin’s letters and how to edit them: the making of a scholarly edition’


March 11 2011

Mark McNally (Durham), paper entitled ‘“My picture is my stage and men and women my players”: William Hogarth- Artist Engraver 1694-1764’

Sasha Handley (Northumbria), paper on ‘Sleep and Sociability in Eighteenth-Century England’


January 28 2011

Fay Yao (Durham), paper on ‘Narrator and Narrative in Keats’s Lamia’
Sarah Haggarty (Newcastle), paper on ‘William Blake and inspiration’s leap’



December 3 2010

Charlotte Holden (Northumbria), paper entitled ‘Fielding’s “Art of Pleasing”: Consolation for the Reader in Joseph Andrews’

Katherine Heavey (Newcastle), paper on ‘The Literary Rivalry of John Dryden and the Earl of Rochester’


October 15 2010

David Snowdon (Sunderland), paper entitled ‘“The Gas-man’ Cometh”: or, Mavericks, Misfits, and Interlopers (Hazlitt’s Excursion into Pierce Egan’s “Pugilistic Hemisphere”)’

Allan Ingram (Northumbria), paper on ‘Editing Gulliver: Triumphs and Heartaches’


May 14 2010

Andrew Lacey (Newcastle), paper entitled ‘“A kind of second life”: Life-in-death in Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads (1805)’

Rachel Hammersley (Newcastle), paper on ‘The English Republican Tradition and the Intellectual Origins of the French Revolution’


March 12 2010

Diane Buie (Northumbria), paper on Samuel Johnson’s depressive history

Claire Lamont (Newcastle), paper entitled ‘Wordsworth and the Romantic Cottage, with particular reference to “The Ruined Cottage” and “Michael”‘


January 29 2010

Rachel Dunn (Durham), paper on ‘John Dalton and the Elements of English Grammar’

Bonnie Latimer (Leeds), paper entitled ‘Vox populi, vox dei: Sir Charles Grandison, latitude, and the “Jew Bill” of 1753’


December 4 2009

Helen Stark (Newcastle), paper entitled ‘“Let not play entice thee”: eighteenth-century discourses of boyhood’

David Stewart (Northumbria), paper on ‘Forms of Failure in Leigh Hunt’s Poetry’


October 23 2009

Chris Machell (Northumbria), paper entitled ‘Representing Revolution: Shelley’s “Swinish Multitude” in Swellfoot the Tyrant’

Kevin Gilmartin (York & Caltech), paper entitled ‘Hazlitt and dissenting memory’


May 15 2009

Leanne Stokoe (Newcastle), paper on ‘Thomas Spence and the egalitarian political economy of Shelley’s “Notes to Queen Mab”’

Lisa Vargo (Visiting Fellow, Durham), paper entitled ‘“Village Politics”: Hannah More and the Power of the Labouring-Class Word’


March 13 2009

Katherine Heavey (Durham), paper entitled ‘”Savouring of Profaneness”: Translating Ovid in 1680’

Gillian Skinner (Durham), paper on ‘Class, Gender and Inheritance in Burney’s “A Busy Day” and “The Woman Hater”’


January 23 2009

Diane Buie (Northumbria), paper on ‘Cowper’s Adelphi: the Diary of a Melancholic’

John Strachan (Sunderland), paper entitled ‘C.J. Apperley (‘Nimrod’) and Late Georgian Sporting Biography’



December 3 2008

Pauline Morris (Northumbria), paper entitled ‘“I doat on you, I rave, I languish, and I dye without you”: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Love Melancholy’

Stuart Sim (Sunderland), paper entitled ‘Bunyan and the Novel: The Life and Death of Mr. Badman’


October 17 2008

Xiao Yu (Newcastle), paper entitled ‘Wordsworth’s Humanitarian project in “The Old Cumberland Beggar”’

Claire Lamont (Newcastle), paper entitled ‘Living in Ruins: Jane Austen and the Monasteries’


May 16 2008

Chris Machell (Northumbria), paper entitled ‘Breaking Butterflies on the Wheel: Dialogue and Bestial Imagery in Romantic-Era Satire’

Helen O’Connell (Durham), paper on ‘Superstition in late eighteenth-century Irish Writing (from Burke to Edgeworth)’


March 14 2008

Mark Crosby (University College, Oxford), paper entitled ‘”A Patron for all Seasons”: William Hayley and Eighteenth- Century Conceptions of Patronage’

Leigh Wetherall-Dickson (Northumbria), paper entitled ‘In League with the Devil or Merely Deluded?: The Experience of Being Bewitched’


January 25 2008

Ben Hewitt (Newcastle), paper entitled ‘”An interesting task for the critic”: Byron’s Manfred and Goethe’s Faust Part One’

Richard Terry (Sunderland), paper on ‘The Plagiarism Allegation and the Female Author’



December 7 2007

Ginny Sampson (Durham), paper entitled ‘Depression or Divine Consolation? The investigation of death and the afterlife in James Beattie’s early elegies’

Mike Rossington (Newcastle), paper entitled ‘Shelley’s inheritance: Letter to Maria Gisborne as private and public poem’


October 19 2007

Martin Clarke (Durham), paper on ‘Textual and Musical Parody in Eighteenth-Century Methodist Hymnody’

Kate Davies (Newcastle) paper entitled ‘The poem that ate America: Helen Maria Williams’ “Ode on the Peace” (1783)’


May 18 2007

Stuart Sim (Sunderland), paper entitled ‘Born Again Theology, Intelligent Design and Robinson Crusoe’


March 23 2007

Rihana Suliman (Newcastle), paper entitled ‘Representations of Proper Masculinity in the Novels of the 1790s Revolution Crisis’

Mark Sandy (Durham) paper on ‘Romantic Resonances in Victorian Birdsong from John Clare to W.B. Yeats’


February 9 2007

Meiko O’Halloran (Newcastle), paper on ‘James Hogg and the Eighteenth-Century Novel’

Anita O’Connell (Durham), paper on ‘Wordsworth’s Lawless Tale: “The Dream of the Arab”‘



December 8 2006

Barry Hall (Sunderland), paper on ‘Domestic and Spiritual Dissent in “The Narrative of the Persecutions of Agnes Beaumont”’

Matthew Grenby (Newcastle) paper on ‘The Origins of Children’s Literature’


October 20 2006

Penny Wilson (Ustinov College, Durham), paper on ‘Pindar and Eighteenth-Century Poetry’

Allan Ingram (Northumbria), presentation about studying depression in the eighteenth century


May 19 2006

Jenny McAuley (Durham), paper on ‘Licentious Profusion: Byron, the Orient, and the “Arabesque” Gothic Style’

Thomas Faulkner (Northumbria), paper on ‘Urban Landscapes in Newcastle in the Eighteenth Century’


March 10 2006

David Snowdon (Newcastle), paper on ‘The “Boxiana” Style: An Introduction to Pierce Egan and Pugilistic Writing’

Gillian Skinner (independent scholar), introduction of discussion about writing a textbook on eighteenth-century literature


January 27 2006

Bill Speck (Northumbria), paper on ‘British Conservatism from Burke to Beaconsfield’

Laura Smith (Newcastle), introduction of an extract from Mary Wollstonecraft’s ‘Lessons’



December 9 2005

David Walker (Northumbria), paper on ‘Romanticism and Bunyan’

John Strachan (Sunderland), paper on ‘Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine and the Scottish Phrenological Controversy’


October 14 2005

June Jameson (Sunderland), paper entitled ‘Sarah Fielding’s The Governess: the First English Novel for Children’

Claire Lamont (Newcastle), paper entitled ‘Houses in Jane Austen’


May 13 2005

Clare Webster (Newcastle), introduction of extracts from Coleridge’s ‘The Friend’ and ‘The Ancient Mariner’

Gillian Skinner (independent scholar), introduction of an extract from Fanny Burney’s play ‘A Busy Day’


March 11 2005

Lisa Vargo (University of Saskatchewan), paper on ‘Nightmare Abbey, “black bile” and the “systematical poisoning” of the “mind” of the “Reading Public”’

Barry Hall (Sunderland), introduction of an extract from ‘The Narrative of the Persecution of Agnes Beaumont’


January 21 2005

Virginia Sampson (Durham), paper on ‘James Beattie’s “The Judgement of Paris” and the nature of Eighteenth-Century Philosophical Poetry’

Anita O’Connell (Durham), introduction of an extract from De Quincey’s ‘The Dream-Fugue’


December 3 2004

Suzanne Fairless-Aitken (Newcastle), paper on consumerism in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda

Nancy Cho (Durham), paper entitled ‘Hymns for Infant Minds: Changing Ideas about Childhood and Motherhood in Women’s Hymn-writing for Children, 1840-1848’


October 15 2004

Annie Bautz (Newcastle), paper entitled ‘The Contemporary Reception of Jane Austen and Walter Scott’


May 14 2004

Anita O’Connell (Durham), paper entitled ‘“Kubla Khan”: The Waking Dream’

June Jameson (Sunderland), introduction of an extract from Sarah Fielding’s The Cry


March 12 2004

Virginia Sampson (Durham), paper on ‘James Beattie and Sir Walter Scott: The Invention of a Scottish Literary Tradition’

Laura Smith (Newcastle), introduction of an extract from Eliza Fenwick’s ‘Secresy’


January 16 2004

Clark Lawlor (Northumbria), paper on ‘Consumption and Literature in the Eighteenth-Century





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