Programme: Constructions of Love and the Emotions of Intimacy, 1750-1850

The programme for the Constructions of Love and the Emotions of Intimacy, 1750-1850 conference is now online. I’ll be presenting my work on Anna Seward, affective portraiture and gift exchange (abstract available here).


Constructions of Love and the Emotions of Intimacy, 1750-1850

Saturday 9th February 2019

Provisional Programme

09.30 – 10.00              Welcome and Registration with Tea and Coffee (Graduate Space, 4th Floor, Humanities)

10.00 – 10.10              Introduction (H545, 5th Floor, Humanities)


10.10 – 11.10              1st Keynote – Dr Sally Holloway, Oxford Brookes,

The Progress of Love: Courtship, Emotions & Material Culture in Georgian England


 11.10 – 12.40             Session 1   –   Marriage

Angela Platt, Royal Holloway, ‘Earthly’ love vs. ‘Godly’ love – gendered notions of love and duty within dissenting marriages

Samantha-Jo Armstrong, University of Birmingham, “The Kindness of Love: Kindness in Women’s Marriage in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain”

Dr Pärttyli Rinne, University of Helsinki, Kant on Love and Intimacy in Marriage and Friendship


12.40 – 13.20              Lunch


 13.20 – 15.20              Session 2   –   Methodology, Material Culture, and Practices

Professor Julie Hardwick, University of Texas, “Faire l’amour: Emotions, Intimacy and Working People’s Practices of Love in an Old Regime City”

Megan Batterbee, University of Kent, ‘If once subdued […] always subdued?’: Issues of Consent in Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa

 Dr Freya Gowrley, University of Edinburgh, ‘Pledges of an highly-prized friendship’: Anna Seward, Portraiture, and the Poetics of Exchange

Maggan Kalenak, University of Cambridge, “Kiss This Letter Before You Put It By”: Domestic Performance, Material Culture and Fantasy Fodder in Nineteenth Century Love Letters


15.20 – 15.30              Tea and Coffee


15.30 – 16.30              2nd Keynote – Dr Daisy Hay, University of Exeter,

Benjamin and Mary Anne Disraeli: Constructing a Love Story                    


16.30 – 18.00              Session 3 – Politeness, Adultery, and Falling out of Love

Simona Di Martino, University of Warwick, The polite intimacy in Italian cultural salons: the love correspondence between Ugo Foscolo and Isabella Teotochi Albrizzi as a case study

Professor David Stack, University of Reading, The higher pleasures of platonic adultery: the case of John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor

Dr Kerstin Pahl, Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Berlin), When Affection Grows Cold: Falling Out of Love in Nineteenth-Century England


18.00 – 19.00              Wine reception


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