Dr Rhys Kaminski-Jones – 18 November 2019


Join us on 18 November 2019 for a talk by Dr Rhys Kaminski-Jones.

Here are Rhys’s research interests:

Rhys Kaminski-Jones’s work focuses on connections between Welsh, English, and other Celtic literatures during the eighteenth century and the Romantic era, and on building links between Celtic Studies and other academic disciplines.

Having studied for a BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford, and an MA in Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York, Rhys joined the Centre as a doctoral student in 2012, researching the cultural significance of the Ancient Britons during the long eighteenth century.

He has since re-joined the Centre as a postdoctoral fellow, and is currently engaged in a British Academy funded project on the neglected and much misunderstood Welsh author William Owen Pughe. He is preparing the first critical volume dedicated to Pughe’s Welsh and English writings, which aims to reassess the reputation of this lost Romantic figure.

He is also the co-editor (with Francesca Kaminski-Jones) of a forthcoming interdisciplinary volume exploring the connections between Celtic and Classical heritage in Britain, and is pursuing an interest in the environmental humanities with a project on air, atmosphere, and local identity in Romantic literature.

Dr Tess Somervell – 29 October 2019

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.

Tess Poster

CRECS 2019-20

Anna Mercer and Josh Powell are delighted to announce the following events for CRECS 2019-20 Autumn Term.

Scene on a ?Welsh River 1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Scene on a ?Welsh River 1798 (Tate)

All sessions are held at 6pm in Room 2.47, John Percival Building, Cardiff CF10 3EU. Refreshments provided; all welcome!

Mon 14 Oct Introductory session with Dr Josh Powell (Cardiff) and Dr Anna Mercer (Cardiff) ‘New directions in the field of eighteenth century and Romantic Studies’

Tue 29 Oct Dr Tess Somervell (University of Leeds) ‘Poetry For a Stormy Night: Writing Wet Weather in 18th-Century and Romantic Georgic’

Mon 18 Nov Dr Rhys Kaminski-Jones (University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies) ‘“Nothing in it for us Saxons”: Leigh Hunt, William Owen Pughe, and Romanticism’s Anglo-Welsh Border’

Mon 25 Nov Dr Katherine Fender (Oxford University) ‘“Feast…upon the wideness of the Sea”: Melancholy and the Solace of the Sea in the Poetry of John Keats’

Wed 27 Nov Prof Andrew Bennett (University of Bristol) ‘Meaning and Exemplarity in Poetics and Literary Theory: The Example of Keats and Yeats’