This book originates from an international conference on ‘Romanticism and Time’ held at the Université de Lille in November 2018 and organised jointly by the French Society for the Study of British Romanticism (SERA) and the Universités de Lille and Lorraine. Our warm thanks go to the SERA, who set this project in motion, and to the scientific committee of the Romanticism and Time conference, Caroline Bertonèche, Mathieu Duplay, Thomas Dutoit, Jean-Marie Fournier, and Marc Porée, for their guidance. We are grateful to our institutions, the Université de Lille and the Université de Lorraine, and, in particular, to our research centres CÉCILLE1 and IDEA2, who supported the project from the start. We are particularly thankful to Marie-France Pilarski and Bruno Legrand (Université de Lille) for their invaluable help throughout the project and to Isabelle Gaudy-Campbell (Université de Lorraine) for welcoming this project, as well as for her trust and support.

We are also grateful to Nicholas Roe and Ann Winnicombe for granting us permission to reprint a revised version of section II from Mark Sandy’s article in the Romanticism online issue on ‘Light’ (22. 3. 2016: We would also like to thank Sarah Wootton for permission to reprint revised parts of Mark Sandy’s chapter from Venice and the Cultural Imagination (Abingdon and New York: Pickering & Chatto, 2012) as well as Kostas Boyiopoulos and Michael Shallcross for permission to reprint revised sections of Mark Sandy’s essay in Aphoristic Modernity: 1880 to the Present (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2020). The research for Martin Procházka’s contribution was supported by the European Regional Development Fund Project ‘Creativity and Adaptability as Conditions of the Success of Europe in an Interrelated World’ (No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/ 0000734). We are deeply thankful to the Institut Universitaire de France who supported the Romanticism and Time conference and this publication.

Finally, we would like to express our sincerest thanks and gratitude to our contributors for committing their considerable talent, energy, and enthusiasm to this project.

1 Univ. Lille, ULR 4074 – CECILLE – Centre d’Études en Civilisations, Langues et Lettres Étrangères, F-59000 Lille, France.

2 Univ. Lorraine, UR 2338 – IDEA – Interdisciplinarité Dans les Études Anglophones, F-54000 Nancy, France.

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