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12th Hazlitt Day School and Society Lecture

This took place on Saturday 14th September 2013, at University College London.

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This year’s (combined) Hazlitt Day School and Hazlitt Society Lecture took place on Saturday 14th of September 2013 at University College London.

The theme of the Day School was 'Hazlitt and Theatre'. 


  • Welcome by Gregory Dart & Uttara Natarajan
  • Tom Lockwood 'Reading and Performance in Hazlitt's Lectures on the Age of Elizabeth'
  • Claire Sheridan, 'Hazlitt, Francis Place and the Last Man'
  • Plenary: John Stokes, 'Embodying Shadows: Wilde and Hazlitt as theatrical critics', introduced by James Whitehead. 
  • Marcus Risdell, 'Charles Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits'
  • ANNUAL LECTURE, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL: Peter Thomson, 'Hazlitt and Edmund Kean', introduced by Philipp Hunnekuhl.  

Past Events

The Hazlitt Society Lecture

  • TERRY EAGLETON, ‘On William Hazlitt’, Saturday 15th September 2012.
  • PAUL HAMILTON, ‘Hazlitt’s Political Essays’, and TARIQ ALI, ‘Is Capitalism a Threat to Democracy?, Saturday 17th September 2011.
  • TONY BENN, ‘What We Owe Hazlitt’, Conway Hall, Saturday 11th September 2010.
  • PAUL JOHNSON, ‘Hazlitt, Sarah and Napoleon: A Case of Sexual and Political Obsession’, Conway Hall, Saturday 19th September 2009.
  • TOM PAULIN, ‘Hazlitt and Dickens’, Conway Hall, Saturday 20th September 2008.
  • DAVID BROMWICH, ‘Hazlitt on Shakespeare’, Conway Hall, 15th September 2007.
  • A. C. GRAYLING, ‘Hazlitt: the Independent Mind’, Saturday 17th September 2005.

The Hazlitt Day School

‘I like the country very well if I want to enjoy my own company; but London is the only place for equal society, or where a man can say a good thing or express an honest opinion without subjecting himself to being insulted.’

After a year’s hiatus, the eleventh Hazlitt Day School, organized by Gregory Dart and Uttara Natarajan, returned at a new and very much more Hazlittian venue, University College, London, on the 9th June 2012. The plenary lecturers at the eleventh Hazlitt Day School were John Strachan and Marcus Tomalin.


  • Welcome by Gregory Dart & Uttara Natarajan
  • Fiona Robertson (Birmingham City University), ‘On Depth and Superficiality’
  • David Stewart  (Northumbria University), ‘Hazlitt, Print and Ephemerality’
  • John Strachan (Northumbria University), ‘Hazlitt, Reynolds and the Rhetoric of Violence’
  • James Grande (King’s College London) ‘Dissenting Legacies: Hazlitt and Godwin after 1828’
  • Philipp Hunnekuhl (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘The “good hater” and a “Hazlitt-Hater”?; Hazlitt, Crabb Robinson, and the Truth of Sentiment’
  • Marcus Tomalin (Downing College, Cambridge), ‘Hazlittean Horology’

The tenth Hazlitt Day School took place at the Old Hall, Hertford College, Oxford, on 5th June 2010.


(All sessions chaired by Professor John Barnard)

  • Welcome by Duncan Wu
  • Uttara Natarajan (Goldsmiths College, London), ‘On Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays’
  • Neil Vickers (King’s College, London), ‘Hazlitt and Coleridge as “psychological critics”’
  • Stephen Burley (Queen Mary College, London), ‘Dissent and Disillusionment in the 1790s: Hazlitt at New College, Hackney’
  • Marcus Tomalin (Downing College, Cambridge), ‘Hazlitt and the French language’
  • Ian Patel, (Queen’s College, Cambridge), ‘Hazlitt and paradox’
  • John Whale (University of Leeds), ‘Hazlitt and the sacred’
  • A reading from Hazlitt’s works by Tom Paulin (Hertford College, Oxford)
  • Celebratory drinks: 10th anniversary of day school.

The eighth Hazlitt Day School took place on Saturday 14th June 2008 at Hertford College, Oxford. The plenary speakers were Simon Bainbridge (Lancaster) and Marcus Tomalin (Leeds); shorter papers were given by Duncan Wu, Laurent Folliot, Matthew Scott, and Vidyan Ravinthiran.

The seventh Hazlitt Day School took place on Saturday 9th June 2007 at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. The plenary speakers were John Whale and Uttara Natarajan; shorter papers were given by Gregory Dart, Tom Paulin, James Grande and Luisa Cale.

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