Join us on 29 October for a talk by Dr Tess Somervell from the University of Leeds.
Tess’s research interests:
My research is in literature of the long eighteenth century, particularly poetry.
My doctoral research focused on time in three long poems of the (very) long eighteenth century: Milton’s Paradise Lost, Thomson’s The Seasons, and Wordsworth’s The Prelude.
Under the auspices of the AHRC-funded project ‘British Romantic Writing and Environmental Catastrophe’, I carried out research into representations of the deluge in eighteenth-century and Romantic writing, with a particular focus on Wordsworth. I am interested in how the biblical deluge was reimagined by poets in the light of developments in geological history, ideas about nature, and theories of time.
My work on the deluge feeds into my current project, which is on representations of weather and climate in georgic poetry of the long eighteenth century. I am examining how and why poets used the georgic mode and its conventions for representing the weather to navigate between competing conceptions of nature, notably the theological and the natural philosophical.