Workshop 1 – Grammar and Philology

The first workshop, to be held at the University of St Andrews on 26-27 May 2022, will explore how Victorian writers, readers, and critics of literature responded to the definition and classification of languages in grammars, dictionaries, and studies of philology. It will pay close attention to the political and cultural imperatives that prompted a boom in the publication of material seeking to codify languages and to establish hierarchies between different languages as well as between standard, non-standard, and literary variants of particular languages.