Two hundred and ten years after Charlotte Smith's death, Smith scholarship is coming of age. This conference will convene at Chawton House Library to explore the latest research on Smith and her places. What are we learning about her place in the canon, or in the development of various genres? What sort of commentary does her placement of characters in history offer? What attitudes do her works demonstrate about place and the idea of a polis/nation? Where are the places Smith is or might be memorialised? What are the various meanings of the natural place she explores in her fiction, poetry, journalism and children's literature? Is there now such a thing as a global Smith?
In addition to panel presentations and discussions, the conference will feature performances of musical settings of Smith's Elegiac Sonnets and of 'Beachy Head'. The conference will also feature a discussion about founding a Charlotte Turner Smith Society.
Conference Registration includes panels, performances, tea and coffee breaks, lunch, and coach service from and to Alton for Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15. Earlybird registration available at special rates of £140 and £110 for students / part time / unwaged until 1st August 2016. Thereafter tickets are £150 / £120.
Optional Dinner, Friday, 14 October at Alton House Hotel; includes 3 course meal and a glass of wine; cash bar thereafter. Tickets are £30
Optional Excursion, Sunday, 16 October, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
With stops at Bignor Park, Petworth House, and St. John’s Church in Guildford. Includes admission fees, lunch, and coach service. Please register early to avoid disappointment! Tickets are £45