Romanticism under the Volcano

A painting of an erupting volcano in dramatic dark colours


Romanticism under the Volcano

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 Monday 24 October 2022


  Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library

  Free, booking required

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About the event

Dr Will Bowers (Queen Mary University of London) will deliver a public lunchtime lecture exploring the significance of Vesuvius, and volcanoes more generally, to the literature and culture of the Romantic Period (1780–1830). The lecture will discuss artists such as Turner and Wright of Derby, and writers such as Cowper and the Shelleys, along with some reflections on the significance of volcanoes to the political tumult of this revolutionary age.

This event is part of the TORCH Vesuvius 22 conference.

Image credit: Joseph Wright of Derby, 'Vesuvius in Eruption, with a View over the Islands in the Bay of Naples', c.1776–80, Photo © Tate, London 2022


Dr Will Bowers is Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Thought at Queen Mary University of London.

 Booking information

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Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.


The Bodleian Libraries Learning Programme is generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust:

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