19th Century Studies Unit Guest Lecture Series: Professor Fiona Price (University of Chichester): “Real, Solemn History”: Historical Fiction Before Scott

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12 April 2021, 16:30

Fiona Price: "Real, Solemn History": Historical Fiction Before Scott

This is the final talk in our series this semester. It will take place on MS Teams and a link will be sent to everyone who registers.

RSVP by Sunday April 11th


Fiona Price is Professor of English Literature at the University of Chichester and author of two monographs, Reinventing Liberty: Nation, Commerce and the Historical Novel from Walpole to Scott (Edinburgh, 2016) and Revolutions in Taste 1773 – 1818: Women Writers and the Aesthetics of Romanticism (Ashgate, 2009).  She has edited two historical novels: Jane Porter’s The Scottish Chiefs (1810; Broadview P, 2007) and Sarah Green’s Private History of the Court of England (1808; Pickering and Chatto, 2011.) She is editor, with Benjamin Dew, of the book Historical Writing in Britain 1689-1830: Visions of History (2014) and, with Scott Mason, of Silence, Sublimity and Suppression in the Romantic Period. She has written widely on historical fiction, women's writing, and the aesthetics of political change.

She is editor of a special issue of Women’s Writing entitled “Romantic Women Writers and the Fictions of History” (19.3 [2012]) and has written a number of chapters on the importance of history writing in the period, including a contribution to The Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing in the Romantic Period (Cambridge University Press, 2014) on ''National Identities and Regional Affiliations' (pp. 183-97), a chapter on 'Romancing the Past: Women's Historical Fiction, Editorial Pains and Practices' in Editing Women's Writing, ed. Amy Culley and Anna Fitzer (Routledge, forthcoming) and a chapter in Reading the (Re)Presented Past: Literature & Historical Consciousness, 1700 to the Present (Palgrave, 2012). Other publications in this area include “Resisting ‘The Spirit of Innovation’: Jane Porter and the Other Historical Novel” (Modern Language Review 101.3 [2006]: 638-52) and “‘Ancient Liberties’: Rewriting the Historical Novel: Thomas Leland, Horace Walpole, and Clara Reeve” (Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies 34.1 [2011]: 19-38).

Fiona is a founding member of the South Coast Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Research Group, which aims to provide a dynamic research environment for staff and postgraduates working in the long eighteenth century. She co-ordinates the UG modules Restoration to Romanticism, Genre Prose Fiction, and Gothic, Romanticism and Women's Writing, as well as Visions of the Real, on our MA. She is also eager to supervise students working on the Romantic period novel, historical fiction or Romantic period women's writing. 

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Event contact: elizabeth.ludlow@aru.ac.uk

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