Coleridge at 250: Celebrations and Reflections

19 October 2023 | Richard Eden Suite | Clare Hall, Cambridge

Last Updated: 2023-07-09 18:44:30

The 21st of October 2022 marked the 250th birthday of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one of the foremost poets, philosophers, theologians, and literary critics, of the Romantic era.

In his birthplace Ottery St Mary the Friends of Coleridge unveiled a magnificent life-size statue by sculptor Nicholas Dimbleby.

Coleridge’s alma mater, Jesus College in Cambridge, launched Coleridge250 which includes a recital of Coleridge’s poems set to music and an exhibition exploring his undergraduate life.

Coleridge’s famous poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, was performed at Highgate and Jesus College.
The New York Public Library showcased their collections of Coleridge manuscripts and print, and the British Library hosted a display and the Wordsworth Lecture: Richard Holmes and Seamus Perry on Coleridge at 250 on 26 June 2023.

With such celebrated enthusiasm for Coleridge and his works, the 250th anniversary presents a perfect opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the legacy, impact, and influence, of Coleridge in the twenty-first century.

What is the impact and influence of this remarkable writer and thinker? What ‘version’ of Coleridge is most celebrated: the poet of prescient ‘greenery’ visions of humanity and nature? Or the literary and philosophical musings of Biographia Literaria? Who are the readers of Coleridge today? Is Coleridge read nationally or globally and in print, digital or other forms? Which of Coleridge’s works are most read and which are most undervalued? And how has the climate of reception in the digital age shifted from appreciations of Coleridge in the Romantic, Victorian and Modern periods?

Please join us on Thursday, 19 October 2023, in the Richard Eden Suite, Clare Hall, Cambridge, for discussions, talks, and readings, celebrating and reflecting on Coleridge legacy after 250 years. Speakers include:
  • Ruth Abbott (St John's)
  • Stephen Bygrave (Southampton)
  • Jeff Cowton (Wordsworth Grasmere)
  • Nora Crook (Anglia Ruskin)
  • Mathelinda Nabugodi (UCL)
  • Robin Payne (Jesus)
  • Chris Townsend (St Andrews)
  • Maximiliaan van Woudenberg (Clare Hall)
All are welcome! We hope to see you at Clare Hall in October 2023.

Elinor Shaffer
Maximiliaan van Woudenberg

Last Updated: 2023-07-09 18:44:30