Romanticism under the Volcano


Image credit: Joseph Wright of Derby, 'Vesuvius in Eruption, with a View over the Islands in the Bay of Naples', c.1776–80, Photo © Tate, London 2022

Romanticism under the Volcano | Public Lecture

Free, booking required


Dr Will Bowers (Queen Mary University of London) will explore the significance of Vesuvius, and volcanoes more generally, to the literature and culture of the Romantic Period (1770–1830). The lecture will discuss artists such as J. W. M. Turner and Joseph Wright of Derby, and writers such as William Cowper and the Shelleys, along with some reflections on the significance of volcanoes to the political tumult ofthis revolutionary age. Romanticism under the Volcano

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This event is part of the TORCH Vesuvius 22 conference.


Find out more about the Vesuvius 2022 Public Engagement Projects here.