Dr Clare Broome Saunders (Oxford) ‘Through many dreary volumes of archives has she waded’: Louisa Stuart Costello and the 19th Century Literary Market

Louisa Stuart Costello (1799-1870) was a popular and critically acclaimed poet, novelist, travel writer, historian, biographer, artist, and medieval scholar. Her wide-ranging choice of genre demonstrates her acute understanding of contemporary reading trends and publishing markets: Costello offered the first original nineteenth-century version of the ‘Lady of Shalott’, preceded FitzGerald with her adaptations of Omar Khayyam’s verses, and was one of the first of the ‘Lady Travellers’ who demonstrated their connoisseurship and scholarship in the rapidly growing travel book market in the 1840s.

In this seminar, Clare Broome Saunders will share her experience of archival research in piecing together Costello’s life and work, and explore how Costello manipulated contemporary literary markets to make the most out of every piece of archival research she herself undertook, so that she could disseminate her academic medieval scholarship in commercially and critically successful outputs.

http://www.english.ox.ac.uk/about-faculty/faculty-members/research-centre-college-staff/broome-saunders-clare

Monday 25th January (week 3) 1.10-2.15 URS 2s26

All welcome!

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