Wednesday 5th December 2018, 5:15 (Room 0.36, John Percival Building)
Professor Daisy Hay (Exeter) will be talking about life writing in the eighteenth century. Focusing on the influential radical publisher Joseph Johnson, her talk is entitled, ‘Experiments in Life-Writing: Joineriana and Joseph Johnson’.
Daisy is an acclaimed biographer and literary critic. Her first book, the award winning Young Romantics: The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives, focused on the families of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Leigh Hunt and on the political, intellectual and emotional significance of Romantic sociability. Her second book, Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance, traced the history of the Disraelis’ unusual courtship and marriage and was particularly concerned with the afterlife of Romanticism, the relationship between fact and fiction and the stories of Victorian women who, like Mary Anne Disraeli, sought to move beyond the circumstances of their birth to create for themselves fulfilling and stimulating lives. Daisy is currently working on a cultural history of English romanticism entitled Dinner with Joseph Johnson. Daisy is an engaging public speaker who regularly contributes on national radio programmes and we are delighted that she is joining us this semester.
As always, there will be sociable drinks and nibbles in the café afterwards.