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In Dubious Land: Romantic Literature and the Anglo-Scottish Borderlands FREE

Writers and artists in the Romantic age gave us new ways of looking at landscape: searching for the ‘sublime’ and the ‘picturesque’ became a national hobby. The Anglo-Scottish Borderlands prompted fascinating new ways of seeing and being in the landscape that did not fit that story. Dr David Stewart, Associate Professor of Romantic Literature at Northumbria University, explores how writers on both sides of the border developed experimental styles of writing that evoked the region’s bewitching mobility. The Romantic Borderlands can help us rethink a region that continues to be misunderstood and forgotten; this dubious land can also help us reimagine what landscape is.

With David Stewart, Northumbria University


The 'Robert Spence Watson' Lecture is delivered biennially to The Society, to commemorate the man who served The Lit & Phil for so many years.

He joined at 16 and became secretary in 1862, a position he held for 32 years. Well known as solicitor, reformer, politician and writer, he wrote 'The History of The Literary and Philosophical Society 1793 - 1896, which has proved to be an invaluable resource.

Robert Spence Watson was President of the Society from 1900 until his death in 1911.

The Society endowed a lecture series in his name, the subject is always in the field of english language or literature.





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