Romantic and Victorian is a faculty research group that meets several times per year to discuss:

  1. British literature of the “long Romantic” and Victorian periods (1750-1900)
  2. Transnational Romanticism
  3. Romantic and Victorian aesthetics, theory, and philosophy

Most semesters the group gathers once to discuss the research of a group member and once to workshop with a visiting scholar. While most of the group’s agendas are faculty-driven, between five and fifteen graduate students and advanced undergraduates participate in most meetings.

For more information, contact Paul Westover (English)



Previous guests include: Kevis Goodman, UC Berkeley (Fall 2008), David Simpson, UC Davis (Winter 2009), Murray Pittock, Glasgow (Winter 2009), Jeffrey Cox, Colorado (Fall 2009), Ian Duncan, UC Berkeley (Fall 2009), Diane Hoeveler, Marquette (Fall 2009), Talia Schaffer, CUNY (Winter 2010), Saree Makdisi, UCLA (Fall 2010), Mark Lussier, Arizona St. (Fall 2010), and Devoney Looser, Missouri (Fall 2010). More recent guests are listed below.


Schafer-Mount-Hood-from-The-Dalles-OregonNorthwest Romanticism & Eighteenth-Century Symposium (NWRECS) 2017: “Romanticism Then and Now”

October 20-21, 2017, Oregon State University

Following a highly successful works-in-progress symposium hosted by BYU and the University of Utah in Fall 2014 (at Aspen Grove, next door to Sundance in the Wasatch mountains), this second by-invitation gathering brought together scholars based primarily in Oregon, Utah, Washington, and British Columbia.

In addition to works-in-progress sessions, other sessions were devoted to planning future collaborations as well as to strategizing how to achieve higher visibility for eighteenth-century studies and Romanticism, both within academic institutions and in the public sphere at large.


Ann Rigney, September 22

Rigney is professor of Comp. Lit. at Utrecht and a fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. She works on the intersections of literature, cultural memory, and history. Most recently, she’s the author of The Afterlives of Walter Scott (Oxford, 2012). Her talk was a footnote of sorts to that study—a meditation on literary afterlives as manifested in material culture.


WRECS Symposium 

This symposium was co-organized by Nick Mason and Paul Westover (BYU) and by Andy Franta and Scott Black (University of Utah). Held at Aspen Grove, above Sundance, it convened scholars of eighteenth-century studies and Romanticism from around the Western US to discuss individual works in progress.


Wasatch Romanticism and 18 th -Century Studies Symposium

October 23-24, 2014




Thursday, October 23

Opportunities at the Wordsworth Trust (Jeff Cowton)

Scott Black (Utah)

Billy Hall (BYU)

Ann Rowland (Kansas)

Matt Wickman (BYU)

Andy Franta (Utah)

Jonathan Sachs (Concordia)

Friday, October 24

Evan Gottlieb (Oregon State)

Paul Westover (BYU)

Samantha Harvey (Boise State)

Nick Mason (BYU)

Padma Rangarajan



Mark Canuel, Professor of English, University of Illinois-Chicago: “Romanticism’s Imperfect Perfectionism.”

November 14th, 11:00 a.m., JFSB 4188.

Tony Jarrells, Associate Professor of English, University of South Carolina: “Hybrid Forms: The Tale and the Ballad.”

September 26th, 4:30-6:00 p.m., JFSB 4168



Kate Flint, Professor of English and Art History at USC: “‘More rapid than the lighting’s flash’: Photography, Suddenness, and the Afterlife of Romantic Illumination.”

March 28th, 4:00 p.m., JFSB 4068.


Jeff Cowton, curator of the Wordsworth Trust.

April 8th, 4:00 p.m., JFSB B192.

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