Welcome to ‘Romanticism Takes to the Hills’, a one-day symposium hosted by Romanticism @ Edge Hill University on Saturday 29th April 2017.

A central tension in Romanticism has been a focus on locality and place, in the sense of a literature and culture grounded in a particular topography, and a contrasting fascination with exile and restless movement, a rootlessness transgressing temporal, geographical, and – implicit in our title – moral boundaries, into the realm of the bandit, the monster, the dispossessed.

‘Romanticism Takes to the Hills’ seeks papers, panels, and innovative presentation formats which bring new methodologies to bear on the paradoxical relationship between places, spaces, and identity in the long Romantic period, ca. 1750-1850. We are particularly interested in approaches to the figure of the refugee and / or emigrant in the Romantic period.