Day 1 (29th July)

09.00-09.30 – Registration

09.30-09.50 – Welcome

09.50-11.00SESSION 1 [Chair: Laura Kilbride]

Keynote 1:

Herbert Tucker (University of Virginia):

Terminal Swinburne

(Paper 09.50 – 10.40, Q&A 20 mins)

11.00-11.30 – Tea and Biscuits

11.30-13.00SESSION 2 [Chair: Jane Desmarais]

Panel: Poetry, the Body and the Senses

11.30-11.50 – Catherine Maxwell (Queen Mary):

Swinburne, Baudelaire, and the Scent of Poetry

11.50-12.10 – Kate Snelson (University of Oxford):

Poems and Ballads, Sexual Sympathy and the Limits of Identification

12.10-12.30 – David Womble (University of Chicago):

Swinburne and the Plasticity of Organic Matter

Q&A to 13.00

13.00-14.00 – Buffet Lunch

14.00-15.30SESSION 3 [Chair: Alex Wong]

Panel: Affinity and Influence (I)

14.00-14.20 – Jan Marsh (National Portrait Gallery, etc.):

‘The Jael who Led our Host to Victory’: Swinburne’s Debt to Christina Rossetti

14.20-14.40 – Oliver Goldstein (University of Cambridge):

‘Dead Shalt Thou Lie’: Hardy Reads Swinburne

14.40-15.00 – Alison Rosenblitt (University of Oxford):

Songs of Death: e.e. cummings and the Submerged Legacy of Swinburne

Q&A to 15.30

15.30-16.00 – Tea and Biscuits

16.00-17.30SESSION 4 [Chair: Orla Polten]

Panel: Affinity and Influence (II)

16.00-16.20 – Andria Pancrazi (Paris-Diderot University):

Fold over Simple Fold: Understanding the ‘Interminable Beauty’ (Mallarmé) of Swinburne’s Poetics of Multiplication

16.20-16.40 – Robin Kirkpatrick (University of Cambridge):

Swinburne and Italian Literature

16.40-17.00 – Michael John Craske

The Musical Legacy of Poems and Ballads

Q&A to 17.30

Evening: Conference Dinner (details tbc)


Day 2 (30th July)

09.00-09.15 – Arrival and Registration

09.15-10.45SESSION 1 [Chair: Marion Thain]

Panel: Modes of Address

09.15-9.35 – Justin Sider (United States Military Academy, West Point):

Style and Circulation in Swinburne’s Poems and Ballads

09.35-9.55 – Jason Boulet (Independent Scholar):

‘Who Doth Thee Wrong?’: Performance, Performativity, and ‘Doing Ourselves Wrong’ in Swinburne’s Dramatic Monologues

09.55-10.15 – Andrea Selleri (University of Warwick):

Swinburne and the Dramatic Monologue

Q&A to 10.45

10.45-11.15 – Tea and Biscuits

11.15-13.00SESSION 2 [Chair: Laura Kilbride]

(i) Panel: Morality and Forms of Power

11.15-11.35 – Stéphane Sitayeb (Université d’Évry Val-d’Essonne):

From Dystheism to Antitheism, Monotheism to Polytheism: Swinburne and God(s)

11.35-11.55Nathan Hensley (Georgetown University):

‘The Mystery of the Cruelty of Things’

Q&A to 12.05

(ii) Panel: Poems and Ballads from a Distance

12.05-12.25John Walsh (Indiana University):

Swinburne by the Numbers: The Facts and Figures of the 1866 Poems and Ballads

12.25-12.45Francis O’Gorman (University of Leeds):

Running away from Poems and Ballads (1866)

Q&A to 13.00

13.00-14.00 – Buffet Lunch

14.00-15.10SESSION 3 [Chair: Orla Polten]

Keynote 2

Peter Nicholls (NYU):

Swinburne and the Modern Poem

(Paper 14.00-14.50, Q&A 20 mins)

15.10-15.40 – Tea and Biscuits

15.40-17.00SESSION 4 [Chair: Marion Thain]

Responses and Open Discussion


  1. Michael Hurley (University of Cambridge)
  2. Marion Thain (NYU)

Evening: Pub visit (details tbc)