UPDATE: [Romantic] Haydon, Romanticism, and the Visual Arts: Romantic Painting, Rom. Writing (6/1/2008; 11/7-8/2008)

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

Plenary speakers:

Nicholas Roe, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Jeffrey N. Cox, University of Colorado at Boulder
Suzanne Matheson, University of Windsor, Ontario

Conference date: November 7-8, 2008
NEW Proposal date: June 1, 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 Wordsworth, Keats, 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. Our keynote speakers will be Nicholas Roe, biographer of Leigh Hunt and of
John Keats, and Jeffrey N. Cox, editor of the forthcoming Keats’s Poetry and Prose (Norton,
August 2008). Suzanne Matheson will give an additional plenary address on the evolution of
spectatorship in Romantic-era Britain. Events will include a chance to view the painting close-
up, a wine reception, and a tour of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection of Romantic works.
Interested in Romantic writing, painting, and visual culture, and in the practice of innovative
interdisciplinary methodologies, we are inviting proposals for 20-minute papers on the
following, and related, topics:

Haydon and Romanticism; Keats and Art; Hazlitt and Art; Portraits of Romantic Writers; Romantic
Writers and Artists; Romantic Visual Culture; Blake and Haydon; Romantic Ekphrasis;
Wordsworth’s Sonnets to Haydon; Romantic Art Criticism; 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); National and Public Art; The
Elgin Marbles; Romantic Collectors; History Painting in the Romantic Era; Suicide and
Romanticism; Romantic Heroism; The Visual Sublime; Blake and the Sublime; Blake and History

Please submit proposals of no more than 250 words by June 1 to Julia S. Carlson at
julia.carlson_at_uc.edu. Conference organizers include Laura Mandell (Miami University of Ohio)
and Zak Sitter (Xavier University).

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