Romancing the Bastille

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It’s been a good week for French-themed things in the Division of Literature and Languages and our Wednesday research seminar continued the trend with our colleague Dale Townshend giving a very interesting paper entitled ‘Romancing the Bastille’, examining ‘the imaginative uptake of the Bastille, that medieval French fortress of punishment and imprisonment, in British culture of the eighteenth century.’ Dale (who is responsible for our Gothic Imagination MLitt) offered an account of the ways in which the storming of the Bastille in July 1789 was covered in the British periodical and newspaper press of the day, before considering ‘some of the dramas, Gothic, proto-Gothic and otherwise, that sought to retell this inaugurating event of the French Revolution on the Romantic stage in the early 1790s.’

Let’s hope the French theme continues after the mid-semester break…

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