Here is the revised programme for the conference.

Aurora painting

Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Legacies of Aurora Leigh: Literature, Politics, Society

09.00 – 09.30   Registration and coffee

09.30 – 09.45   Welcome (Simon Avery)


09.45 – 10.45   Keynote 1: Professor Marjorie Stone
‘”Women now, Queens now!”: Aurora Leigh in the 1860s’


10.45 – 12.15   Panel One: Opening Up Debates

Clare Broome Saunders, ‘“a strange and, I think, dangerous composition”: Aurora Leigh and the perils of history’

Angelica Michelis, ‘“Kissing full sense into empty words”: Legacies of Aurora Leigh’s concept of the woman poet in late-19th and 20th-century women’s poetry’

Rachel Mann, ‘“In the beginning” – a scene from a garden fallen and restored: The disruptive fecundity of Marian Erle’


12.15 – 13.15   Lunch (own arrangements)


13.15 – 14.15   Keynote 2: Professor Margaret Reynolds
‘Rushing into Drawing Rooms: The Verse Novel Now’


14.15 – 15.45   Panel Two: Nineteenth-Century Debates and Forms

Shelley Walters, ‘“She and the rest of us militant foam with rage”: Bessie Rayner Parkes and the legacy of Aurora Leigh in the essays of Coventry Patmore’

Dino Felluga, ‘”A Love That Transcends all Bounds”: Aurora Leigh and the novel’

Christine Chaney, ‘”Ardour and Abundance”: Aurora Leigh‘s model polemics of self’


15.45 – 16.15   Tea and coffee



16.15 – 17.15   Panel Three: Later Developments

Michele Martinez, ‘Affidamento and the Woman Writer: Aurora Leigh and Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels’

Elizabeth Woodworth, ‘Aurora Leigh in the 21st Century: A legacy of teaching’


17.15 – 17.45   Reflections and the future of EBB studies: With Professor Cora Kaplan


17.45 – 18.30   Wine reception and Reading by Sharon Eckman


19.00                 Conference dinner for those delegates who have signed up beforehand.