KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Jeffrey N. Cox is Professor of English and Humanities and Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His many books include In the Shadows of Romance: Romantic Tragic Drama in Germany, England, and France (Ohio UP, 1987); Poetry and Politics in the Cockney School: Shelley, Keats, Hunt, and Their Circle (Cambridge UP, 1998); The Broadview Anthology of Romantic Drama (co-edited with Michael Gamer, 2003): Collected Works of Leigh Hunt, Vols. 1 and 2: Periodical Essays 1805-1821 (co-edited with Greg Kucich, Pickering and Chatto, 2003); and the Norton Critical Edition of Keats’s Poetry and Prose (2008).

Jillian Heydt-Stevenson is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has published on narrative theory, fashion, cosmopolitanism, ruins, and landscape architecture, and focused on such authors as Austen, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Edgeworth, Burney, and Bernardin de St. Pierre; her books and volumes include Austen’s Unbecoming Conjunctions: Subversive Laughter, Embodied History (Palgrave, 2005), which won the CU Boulder Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award; Recognizing the Romantic Novel: New Histories of British Fiction, 1780-1830 (co-edited with Charlotte Sussman; Liverpool UP, 2008); and, as associate editor, Last Poems of William Wordsworth: 1821-1850 (Cornell UP, 1999).

Jeff Cowton is Curator and Head of Learning at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, U.K. The Trust is responsible for Wordsworth’s most important home, Dove Cottage, and houses an extensive research archive. Jeff has managed the Trust’s’ collection of rare manuscripts, books, and fine art for over 25 years, coordinated research and teaching at the Trust, and led the Trust’s program of workshops and courses for university students worldwide. In 2010, he was awarded Membership of the British Empire for services to museums.

Samuel Otter is Professor of English at University of California, Berkeley. He has published books focused on questions of race, manners, violence, and freedom, including Melville’s Anatomies; (U of California P, 1999); Philadelphia Stories (Oxford UP, 2010); and co-edited volumes on Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville: Essays in Relation (U of North Carolina P, 2008) and Melville and Aesthetics (Palgrave, 2011). He currently serves as the editor of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies and is a member of the editorial boards of Nineteenth-Century Literature, PMLA, and Representations.