About Colloquium 2021

You are cordially invited to join our third Colloquium on 'Biography'. Anglo-German Lives: Exploring English Biography and Deutsche Biographie, 1759–1850 brings together leading scholars, librarians, and booksellers, in Anglo-German studies, Romanticism, and the History of the Book, for an exploration of 'biography' in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Great Britain and Germany.

In light of German interest in British explorations of ‘biography’, did a distinct deutsche Biographie exist or develop during 1750-1850? Or is biography during this period a unique English model shaping an emerging Biographie in Germany? How considerably did the English and German approaches to biography differ during the Enlightenment and Romantic periods? What role(s) did culture, politics, nationalism, methodology, literary tradition, language, genre, a general attitude towards foreign literature, or interests in the cross-continental book trade, play in the writing, reading, production and reception of English and German biography? Are English and German biography distinct and separate classifications or does an Anglo-German biography as genre exist?

We look forward to exploring such questions further on 25 November 2021. Speakers include:
  • Professor Elinor Shaffer, FBA (University of London | Clare Hall, Cambridge)

  • Professor James Raven, FBA (University of Essex | Magdalene College, Cambridge

  • Graham Jefcoate (Former Director University Library Radboud University Nijmegen)

  • Dr Sibylle Erle (Bishop Grosseteste University)

  • Dr Eugenia Perojo-Arronte (Universidad de Valladolid)

  • Dr James Vigus (Queen Mary, University of London | Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study)

  • Dr Maximiliaan van Woudenberg (SIT | Clare Hall, Cambridge)
The colloquium will conclude with a roundtable discussion of the talks, the work-in-progress of our members, and planning our next colloquium for Spring 2022.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Professor Elinor Shaffer
Dr Maximiliaan van Woudenberg

Last Updated: 2021-11-23