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CECS Colloquium

Saturday 17 May 2014, 9.30AM to 5.00pm



‌Sound Words,

Strange Tattoos,

And Unbounded Attachments:

Celebrating the Work of Harriet Guest

From A Form of Sound Words to South Pacific tattoos, and from Small Change to Unbounded Attachment, Professor Harriet Guest's work covers an extraordinary range of writers, themes, and places, and has been acclaimed all over the world. Her dazzling interdisciplinarity and international esteem are reflected in this celebratory gathering of scholars of different nations, disciplines, and ages. Please join us at the King's Manor, York,  for a day of lively discussion in honou‌r of this remarkable scholar.


  • Sophie Coulombeau, University of York
  • Rosie Dias, University of Warwick
  • Elizabeth Edwards, University of Wales
  • Robert Jones, University of Leeds
  • Cora Kaplan, Honorary Professor, Queen Mary, London
  • Catriona Kennedy, University of York
  • Emma Major, University of York
  • Jon Mee, University of York
  • Felicity Nussbaum, UCLA
  • Mark Philp, University of Warwick
  • Jane Rendall, University of York
  • Deborah Russell, Queen's University Belfast
  • Joanna Wharton, University of York



9.30 Coffee

10-11.15    Introduction and session 1: Jon Mee, ‘ “If I was not become a great politician”: Two Letters by Susan Thelwall’.

Some of Harriet’s current and recent supervisees: Deborah Russell on Gothic retreats; Sophie Coulombeau on names; Joanna Wharton on Barbauld.

11.15-11.30 coffee

11.30-12.45     Session 2 Cora Kaplan, ‘"Not the remotest resemblance": Portraits, affect and feminist identifications’. Emma Major, ‘Barbauld’s faithful citizens’. Jane Rendall, 'Eliza Fletcher, philanthropy and "intrepid humanity" in Edinburgh c. 1797-1825'.

12.45-2.00 lunch

2.00-3.15     Session 3 Felicity Nussbaum, ‘An Odd Attachment:  Sarah Scott and Phebe Gibbes’. Rosie Dias, ‘Pushpamala N, Gender and the (Post)Colonial Body’. Mark Philp, ‘Conversing with Harriet: Falling for Amelia’.

3.15-3.30 coffee

3.30-4.45     Session 4 Catriona Kennedy: ‘Women, reading and the “war of ideas” in 1790s Belfast’. Liz Edwards: ‘“A Walk on the Sands”: Recovery, Tradition and Community, and the poetry of Ann Julia Hatton’. Robert Jones: ‘Elizabeth Sheridan's Privacy’.


There will be a wine reception afterwards for speakers and delegates at the York Medical Society in Stonegate.





Registration fee is £20, which includes a simple sandwich lunch, teas and coffees.

The colloquium is free for members of the University of York but please register online. If you wish to have lunch, the charge is £6.00.‌

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Location: K/159, The King's Manor