ApPLY From 1 September  

20 - 24 May 2019

Drawing on the rich heritage of 'Victorian Bloomsbury', the Institute of English Studies (IES) is excited to offer an annual study week dedicated to celebrating and understanding the great nineteenth-century writers.

In 2019, we will focus on the Brontës. Participants will have the opportunity to hear leading UK scholars on the latest research on Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë through five morning lectures, followed by questions and discussion. These will be followed by afternoon seminars on Brontë critics of the nineteenth century. The seminars, in a group of about 15 students, will be text-based, with novels and other works for prepartory reading notified well in advance. They will be led by a discussion leader with specialist expertise on the Brontës work. The schedule also provides for a series of student-led informal seminars convened by a staff member and the opportunity for guided library time.

The internationally renowned scholars leading discussions will include Professors Sally ShuttleworthCora Kaplan, and Laurel Brake. Professor Lyndall Gordon will deliver the 2019 Hilda Hulme lecture as part of the week on the topic of ‘Charlotte Brontë and the Passions’. 

Directed by the internationally celebrated scholar, critic and teacher Professor Isobel Armstrong, the Study Week will bring together Brontë experts and postdoctoral and graduate students. It will be held here at the IES in the heart of Bloomsbury. 

Professor Armstrong is author of 'Victorian Glassworlds. Glass Culture and the Imagination' (2008), ' Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics and Politics' (1996) and 'The Radical Aesthetic' (2000). 

Preliminary 2019 Schedule

Monday, 20 May

10.30 Registration and tea/coffee
11.00 Introduction to the week
11.15 Lecture: PROFESSOR SALLY SHUTTLEWORTH

'Charlotte Brontë as Experimental Novelist’

12.45 Lunch
14.00 Seminar: PROFESSOR SALLY SHUTTLEWORTH

'Villette'

15.30 Tour of Senate House Library 

Researchers’ choice. You can use this for preparation or open-ended research of your own

17.30 Reception

Tuesday, 21 May

9.50 Exploration of library collection: PROFESSOR LAUREL BRAKE

‘Print Culture and the Brontës’

11.30 Tea and coffee
11.45 Independent seminar groups

In these 1-hour seminars each group will discuss through the week a number of contemporary nineteenth-century reviews (provided) of the Brontës fiction and report back on their findings at the end of the week.

12.45 Lunch
14.00 Lecture: PROFESSOR LAUREL BRAKE

'Print Cultured the Brontës'

15.30 Library time

Wednesday, 22 May

10.00 Lecture: PROFESSOR CORA KAPLAN

Wuthering Heights

11.45 Indepedent seminar groups
12.45 Lunch
14.00 Seminar: PROFESSOR CORA KAPLAN
17.00 Hilda Hume Memorial Lecture: PROFESSOR LYNDALL GORDAN

‘Charlotte Brontë and the Passions’

18.00 Reception

Thursday, 23 May

10.00 Excursion

11.30 Tea and coffee
11.45 Indepedent seminar groups
12.45 Lunch
14.00 Seminar: PROFESSOR ISOBEL ARMSTRONG

'Poems by three sisters'

15.30 Library time Senate House Library

Friday, 24 May

10.00 Lecture: TBC

'The Juvenilia'

11.30 Tea and coffee
11.45 Independent Seminar Groups convene to report back on their work 
12.45 Lunch
14.00 Seminar: TBC

Anne Brontë

15.30 Closing remarks and general discussion