Dr James Vigus to talk on Henry Crabb Robinson’s Bildungsreise (29/10)

This Thursday, 29 October 2015 from 18:00 to 19:00 Dr James Vigus (Queen Mary, University of London) gives a talk on Henry Crabb Robinson’s Bildungsreise. Bringing together the literary and the historical with the philosophical, Vigus’ analysis of Robinson’s travel diary shows how some of its visual elements contribute to our understanding of the text.

Henry Crabb Robinson (Photo in public domain)

Vigus is Senior Lecturer in Romanticism at Queen Mary, University of London and the author ofPlatonic Coleridge (Oxford: Legenda, 2009) and the critical edition, Henry Crabb Robinson: Essays on Kant, Schelling and German Aesthetics (London: MHRA Critical Texts 18, 2010).

He has also edited various texts including Shandean Humour in English and German Literature and Philosophy, (Oxford: Legenda, 2013), Symbol and Intuition: Comparative Studies in Kantian and Romantic Aesthetics (Oxford: Legenda, 2013), Informal Romanticism (Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2012) and Coleridge’s Afterlives, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

This talk will retrace the first continental journey of Henry Crabb Robinson (1775-1867). As a religious dissenter, Robinson could not take a degree at Oxford or Cambridge, but as a student at the University of Jena he became the foremost mediator of the revolution in German philosophy and literature to Britain. Images of Robinson’s own surviving maps, together with his travel diary of 1801, will show how he travelled – both physically and intellectually – to the heart of the Romantic movement. I will suggest that Robinson’s philosophical thought was stimulated not just by the new friends he acquired in Frankfurt, Göttingen and other German towns, but also by the process of travelling on foot. Robinson’s manuscripts suggest visually how walking changed his inner life.

Admission is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and available via Eventbrite:


Any questions can be sent to the event’s Curator, Colin J.P. Homiski