Intrigued? Well, I've done all the hard work for you, and listed below a selection of programmes which are of interest to Romanticists, with some topics covering the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries more generally. The title of each programme is hyperlinked and will take you straight to the relevant 'listen again' page. You can either stream episodes or download them and listen to them where and when you want. Happy listening!
Romanticism: Key Topics, Texts, and People
A discussion of the ideals, exponents, and legacy of Romanticism.
Panel: Rosemary Ashton, Jonathan Bate, and Nicholas Roe.
First broadcast: 12 October 2000
The Later Romantics
An examination of the poetry, tragedy, and idealism of Byron, Shelley, and Keats.
Panel: Jonathan Bate, Jennifer Wallace, and Robert Woof.
First broadcast: 15 April 2004
|Manuscript of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage|
A discussion of Byron's poem as both a snapshot of Europe at the beginning of the nineteenth century and an insight into the political and intellectual concerns of its author.
Panel: Jonathan Bate, Emily Bernhard Jackson, and Jane Stabler.
First broadcast: 6 January 2011
A discussion of the groundbreaking text by Wordsworth and Coleridge.
Panel: Jonathan Bate, Judith Hawley, and Peter Swaab.
First broadcast: 8 March 2012
Discussion of The Prelude, one of the greatest long poems in the English language.
Panel: Rosemary Ashton, Stephen Gill, and Emma Mason.
First broadcast: 22 November 2007
Panel: John Mullan, Karen O'Brien, and Barbara Taylor.
First broadcast: 31 Dec 2009
A discussion of the life and works of the great essayist William Hazlitt.
Panel: Jonathan Bate, Anthony Grayling, and Uttara Natarajan.
First broadcast: 8 April 2010
Discussion of the eighteenth-century philosopher, politician, and writer Edmund Burke.
Panel: Richard Bourke, John Keane, and Karen O'Brien.
First broadcast: 3 June 2010
A discussion of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, the great German polymath.
Panel: Tim Blanning, Sarah Colvin, and W. Daniel Wilson.
First broadcast: 6 April 2006
An examination of the origins and significance of the eighteenth-century Gothic movement.
Panel: Chris Baldick, Emma Clery, and A. N. Wilson.
First broadcast: 4 January 2001
An exploration of the transcendental idea that took hold on the Age of Enlightenment.
Panel: Peter de Bolla, Annie Janowitz, and Janet Todd.
First broadcast: 12 February 2004
An examination of the ideas behind the eighteenth-century literary cult of sensibility.
Panel: Hermione Lee, John Mullan, and Claire Tomalin.
First broadcast: 3 January 2002
The Peterloo Massacre
An examination of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, a defining moment of its age.
Panel: Jeremy Black, Clive Emsley, and Sarah Richardson.
First broadcast: 15 December 2005
The Industrial Revolution
A discussion of the influence of the Industrial Revolution.
Panel: Lawrence Goldman, Emma Griffin, and Jane Humphries.
First broadcast: 30 December 2010
The French Revolution's Reign of Terror
A discussion of how the French Revolution descended into extremes of violence.
Panel: Tim Blanning, Mike Broers, and Rebecca Spang.
First broadcast: 26 May 2005
Other broadcasts which might be of interest:
Enclosures of the 18th Century
The French Revolution's Legacy
The Grand Tour