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#LivefromLucy: 'Romanticism's Small Ethics' with Dr Alexander Freer

Wed 15 September

Lucy Cavendish College

In this talk, Dr Freer will consider ethical thought in some British Romantic period writers, and their ethical interest in close attention and small details. He'll discuss some examples from Charlotte Smith to Percy Shelley, and consider how these "small ethics" might speak to the history of philosophy and to how we think about moral judgement today.

About the Speaker

Dr Alexander Freer is Lecturer and Director of Studies in English Part I at Lucy Cavendish. He grew up in the North West of England, and studied English at Warwick (BA) and Cambridge (MPhil in 18th century and Romantic literature, PhD in English). He was a research fellow at Trinity and a lecturer at the University of East Anglia before arriving at Lucy.

Dr Freer works primarily on romanticism, literary theory and the history of criticism. He teaches on material from across the long eighteenth century, as well as more broadly in the fields of poetry and poetics, and literary criticism and theory. In Cambridge, he typically teaches for the papers Practical Criticism and Critical Practice; English Literature and its Contexts 1660-1870; Love, Gender, Sexuality 1740-1824; Lyric; The Ethical Imagination; and History and Theory of Literary Criticism.

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Cost: Free

Enquiries and booking

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Enquiries: Ella Barrett Website Email: development@lucy.cam.ac.uk Telephone: 01223 331053


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Wed 15 September 6:00PM - 7:00PM


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