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'The Fiery Antidote': Exploring Christina Rossetti's Poetry

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Christina Rossetti events

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


On campus and online, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Join Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and Dr Dinah Roe as we take a deep dive into the work of Christina Rossetti. This series of events from October to December showcases Rossetti's work and Dinah's important research and discoveries about the poet.

Join us - online and here in Oxford - as we look closely at two of Rossetti's most important poems: 'Shut Out' and 'In an Artist's Studio', and subscribe to our Weekly Poem to receive two more Rossetti poems with expert commentary from Dinah. The series will culminate in a podcast interview with Dinah, in which she'll talk about her love for Rossetti's work, the poet's importance today, the influence of Rossetti's family on her life, and how we can rethink Rossetti as being a caregiver.

Everyone anywhere is welcome to attend the first of our online reading sessions, when we'll be looking at 'Shut Out'. Please register via this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You can download copies of the poems on this page.

Our second meeting will be on the Oxford Brookes campus, and more details about it will be posted nearer the time. Please also stay tuned for the Weekly Poem feature and the podcast release on 5 December (Rossetti's birthday).

Dr Dinah Roe is Reader in Nineteenth-Century Literature at Oxford Brookes. She received her BA from Vassar College and a PhD in English Literature from University College London. She is the author of Christina Rossetti's Faithful Imagination: The Devotional Poetry and Prose (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and The Rossettis in Wonderland: A Victorian Family History (Haus, 2011), and the editor of Christina Rossetti: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics, 2008) and The Pre-Raphaelites: From Rossetti to Ruskin (Penguin Classics, 2010).

She has appeared on various television and radio programmes to discuss Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelites, and has collaborated with museums and galleries, such as in her discussion of 'The Lady of Shalott' for the National Gallery Exhibition, Reflections, and in her entries on 'Goblin Market' and The Pre-Raphaelites on the British Library's Discovering Literature website. Recently, Dinah discussed the Pre-Raphaelite artists in a film about the Ashmolean Museum Exhibition Pre-Raphaelite Drawings and Watercolours. During the pandemic lockdown in the UK, Dinah invited listeners to read along with her as she discussed Christina Rossetti's 1885 book Time Flies: A Reading Diary, and you can listen to the series via SoundCloud.

Dinah is currently writing a monograph on the interactions of literary and visual arts in Pre-Raphaelite art, taking into account the influence of nineteenth-century literature on book illustration, painting and the decorative arts from 1848 to the turn of the century. She is also editing a three volume edition of The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti (Longman Annotated English Poets), due for publication in 2025. You can find out more about Dinah's work on her profile page on the Brookes website, and follow her on Twitter.