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Report on first Annual CRECS Conference, 17 May 2016

Excellent blog post from Cardiff University PhD student Stephanie Clayton, on last week’s Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Seminar conference, held in Special Collections and Archives.

See also the report from the Lady’s Magazine project team from the University of Kent, who delivered an expert workshop in which participants studied examples from our periodical collections.

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On Tuesday 17 May 2016, Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR) opened its doors to welcome the attendees of the first annual CRECS student conference.

After partaking in a welcome hot beverage—at a safe distance from the special collections of course!—the morning was devoted to student papers. These papers were delivered by a wide array of students from second year undergraduates to third year postgraduate researchers. The atmosphere was splendid, everyone delivered fantastically confident and supremely interesting papers on topics from counterfeiting coinage to memory in Wordsworth. For myself, what struck me as a common theme of all the papers was a demonstration of the richness of eighteenth-century language, and the complexities it yields. From the emotive rhetoric of court cases to the poetics of Ann Yearsley, Hannah More and William Wordsworth, from the complex doubleness of gothic rhetoric to the voice of the traveller in Welsh and Scottish tours, the…

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