CFP: [Romantic] Benjamin Robert Haydon, Romanticism, and the Visual Arts

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Julia S. Carlson
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Benjamin Robert Haydon, Romanticism, and the Visual Arts:
Romantic Painting, Romantic Writing

Plenary speaker: Professor Nicholas Roe, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Date: November 7-8, 2008

Cincinnati, Ohio, is the home of one of the greatestâ€"and most rarely-viewedâ€"of all British
Romantic works of art: Benjamin Robert Haydon’s gigantic painting, “Christ’s Entry into
Jerusalem.” Wordsworth called Haydon “the first painter in his grand style of art that England or
any other country has produced since the days of Titian” (Correspondence and Table-Talk,
1.110). Incorporating portraits of Keats, Wordsworth, Hazlitt, Newton and Voltaire, Haydon’s
painting will form the backdrop for this two-day conference on Romanticism and the Visual Arts
to be held November 7-8 at the University of Cincinnati and the Athenaeum of Ohio, the site of
Haydon’s painting and the conference plenary. Our plenary speaker will be Professor Nicholas
Roe, biographer of Leigh Hunt and of John Keats. Events will include a chance to view the
painting close-up, a wine reception, and tours of the Taft and Cincinnati Art Museums’
collections of Romantic works.

Interested in the interactions among Romantic writing, painting, and visual culture more broadly,
we suggest (but do not limit you to) the following topics:

Haydon and Romanticism
Keats and Art
Hazlitt and Art
Portraits of Romantic Writers
Romantic Writers and Artists
Romantic Visual Culture
Romantic Ekphrasis
Wordsworth’s sonnets to Haydon
Romantic Art Criticism
The Elgin Marbles
Charles Bell's Anatomical Lectures
The Visual Recording of Public Events (the Meeting of the Unions on Newhall Hill, the General
Anti-Slavery Convention, Lord Grey’s Parliamentary Reform Banquet)
Romantic Collectors
History painting in the Romantic Era
Suicide and Romanticism
Romantic Heroism
The Visual Sublime
Blake and the Sublime
Blake and History Painting
National and Public Art

Please submit paper proposals (of no more than 250 words) to by Friday,
May 9, 2008.

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