Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham – Lecture starts at 11.00 a.m. Reception from 10.30am.
Today Arthur O’Shaughnessy is mostly remembered for his 1874 “Ode” which begins “We are the music-makers, /And we are the dreamers of dreams”. The fame of this poem has far surpassed O’Shaughnessy’s own, yet during his lifetime he contributed significantly to the evolution of Pre-Raphaelite poetry that took place during the 1870s and 80s. this lecture will explore the ways in which O’Shaughnessy contributed to the politicization of Pre-Raphaelitism, as well as the move towards formalism and the Aestheticism of the later century.
Jordan Kistler is a Teaching Fellow in nineteenth-century literature at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on the Pre-Raphaelites of the 1870s. Her first book Arthur O’Shaughnessy, A Pre-Raphaelite Poet in the British Museum (Ashgate), will be published in 2015.
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