October 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 north american society for the study of romanticism
Executive Committee Future NASSR Conferences Angela Esterhammer (Western Ontario/ Zurich) NASSR conferences are now planned through to 2012 Joel Faflak (Western Ontario) Tilottama Rajan ( Western Ontario) NASSR 2009, “Romanticism & Modernity,” will take place Julia M. Wright (Dalhousie) between May 21-24 of 2009, at the Washington Duke Inn Peter Melville (Winnipeg) - Secretary Treasurer & Golf Club, immediately adjacent to the Duke University campus. See "Conferences" below or visit the conference Josh Lambier (Western Ontario) - Newsletter Editor website:
Ex Officio http://nassr2009.english.duke.edu/ Frederick Burwick (UCLA) Dino Felluga (Purdue) NASSR 2010, “Romantic Mediations,” will be held in Dan White (Toronto) Vancouver, British Columbia, and co-hosted by the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.
NASSR 2011, “Romanticism and Independence,” will be SOCIETY NEWS held in Park City, Utah, and co-hosted by Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.
NASSR Newsletter prints news of members' recent book NASSR 2012, “Romantic Prospects,” will be held in publications, calls for papers, and conference or journal Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and hosted by the University of information of interest to Romanticists. Please send Neuchâtel. announcements to Josh Lambier, at [email protected]. The deadline for the next NASSR Newsletter is 1 April 2009. The NASSR Executive and Advisory Board are currently scheduling conferences from 2014 onwards. We welcome 2009 Online Memberships offers to host the annual conferences in the near or not so near future, either from individual universities or from a group of geographically contiguous universities and There are two options for existing NASSR members to colleges that can pool funds and energies. We also renew their 2009 membership fees. Members can renew welcome proposals for smaller conferences that could be online at: http://publish.uwo.ca/~nassr. Simply go to the formally affiliated with NASSR. We would assist by posting NASSR site, and select the heading for “How to Join information on the website and distributing it to the NASSR.” On the same page, there are also instructions for membership via e-mail and the Newsletter. If you are members who wish to renew by mailing fees directly to interested in hosting the conference and would like more Peter Melville at the University of Winnipeg. G details, please contact Tilottama Rajan ([email protected]), Jill Heydt-Stevenson ([email protected]) or any other member of the Executive or Advisory Board. G NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 2
NASSR Graduate Student Bursaries Levere, Robert Morrison, John Noyes, and Daniel O’Quinn. Our NASSR liaisons were Tilottama Rajan and Angela Esterhammer. We were incredibly fortunate in our two Each year NASSR offers five travel bursaries of CDN$250 conference coordinators, Pamela Gravestock and Cathy each to assist graduate students presenting papers at the Baillie, with whom many of you corresponded by email in annual NASSR conference. The competition is open to all the months leading up to the conference, and whom many NASSR members who are graduate students. At least one of you then had the pleasure of meeting in and about the bursary goes to a student at a Canadian university and at foyer of Old Vic. Our wonderful web and program design least one to a student at a U.S. university. Applicants should was the work of Amanda Wagner, and we are grateful to submit a copy of their conference proposal, proof of our administrative assistant, Cristina Henrique, who graduate student status, and an estimate of costs (travel handled our budget. A team of graduate and undergraduate only) by 15 April 2009 to the P.Melville, NASSR Secretary- students from the University of Toronto generously Treasurer, Department of English, University of Winnipeg, volunteered their time and energy. The conference was Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 2E9, Canada. All applicants must made possible by financial contributions from the be NASSR members. Bursary cheques will be distributed at administration and various departments of the University of or soon after the conference. G Toronto, as well as from Brock University, University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, and York University. In response NASSR 2008 Conference Report to our call for papers on the theme of “Romantic Diversity,” by Dan White, for the Organizing Committee we received over 300 abstracts. The final program included 229 papers presented in 78 sessions (of which 22 were special sessions), along with 7 seminars, a special presentation and field trip on “The Claude Mirror and the Picturesque,” and 3 outstanding plenary presentations, by Jeffrey Cox, Esther Schor, and Linda Colley. No session began before 9:00 a.m. or included more than three papers, and no time slot contained more than seven Our field gathered in Toronto from August 21 to 24 for the concurrent sessions. sixteenth annual NASSR conference. On behalf of everyone involved in organizing NASSR 2008, let me extend my The conference began on Thursday morning with two sets warm thanks to all of you who attended, and we very much of concurrent sessions followed by the first plenary appreciate and want to acknowledge the many kind emails presentation. Jeffrey Cox’s “‘Diverse, sheer opposite, we received in the days and weeks following the antipodes’: Diversity, Opposition, and Community in conference. An enormous amount of work goes into Romantic Culture” supplied a remarkable survey of the planning a meeting of this scale, but the effort was more diversity of global Romantic culture, a tour of genres and than compensated by the sense that the conference geographies which highlighted the challenge of embracing provided a congenial and invigorating environment in which the period’s incredible diversity while attempting to retain to share our scholarship and think about the ideas and or conceive coherent notions of Romanticism. The lecture problems that constitute the field of Romantic studies concluded with a stirring and provocative proposal that today. “Cordial, rigorous, and productive” were the terms Romantic diversity and the social nature of Romantic used to describe the meeting by the writer of one email, culture call for a set of scholarly practices and conceptual which is particularly dear to us because it vividly expresses tools that could be described as “communal Romanticism.” the vision we set out to realize: “NASSR conferences are Following a spirited discussion, we then walked across the always such fascinating affairs, in part because each takes quad to the E.J. Pratt Library, where the opening reception on a life of its own, each manifesting more or less distinct was held in the Kathleen Coburn Reading Room. During the strands of research in the field and usefully symptomatizing reception, delegates were able to view “Romantic Diversity: the particular questions that are worrying and delighting us An Exhibition,” a selection of items from rare books and in the moment and in anticipation of the future. This special collections at Victoria University Library. The conference was no exception, yet I found it to be especially exhibition was organized by Heather Jackson and the provocative, learned, and affirming.” following Ph.D. candidates from the Department of English, University of Toronto: Lindsey Eckert, Christopher Laxer, Held in lovely Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Nora Ruddock, and Rebecca Walker. It can now be viewed the conference was organized by Alan Bewell, Heather online at: Jackson, Thomas Keymer, Deidre Lynch, Karen Weisman, http://library.vicu.utoronto.ca/exhibitions/nassr/index.htm. and myself, and crucial support in the form of vetting abstracts and fundraising assistance was provided by a After two sets of concurrent sessions on Friday morning, conference committee of James Allard, Ian Balfour, Ina many conference-goers took advantage of the opportunity Ferris, Willi Goetschel, Mark Jones, Ivan Kalmar, Trevor to eat lunch while watching and listening to Alex McKay and NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 3
Suzanne Matheson’s special presentation, “The Claude Through the generous support of Routledge, the Routledge Mirror and the Picturesque,” a wonderfully Annotated Bibliography of English Studies Award for Best illustrated discussion of the Claude mirror and the way that Paper by a Graduate Student was presented to Lily Gurton- Romantic-era tourists used this optical device to view and Wachter (University of California, Berkeley) for her paper, transcribe the beauties of the landscapes through which “‘An Enemy that Nature has made’: Charlotte Smith and the they traveled. (Some then joined Alex and Suzanne later in Natural Enemy,” and a runner-up award was presented to the afternoon for a “field trip” which allowed NASSR Annika Mann (Indiana University) for “That ‘strange and participants to wield Claude mirrors of different sizes in awful hour / of vast concussion’: Reading Time in Beachy order to view and re-make the landscape around Victoria Head.” Fred Burwick then presented this year’s European College. The mirrors really did turn out to be what they had Romantic Review Best Article prize to Alex J. Dick promised: “a bit of practical magic for the pocket.”) After (University of British Columbia) for “‘The Ghost of Gold’: lunch, we broke the pattern of sessions and plenaries by Forgery Trials and the Standard of Value in Shelley’s The offering seminars, which were limited to thirty participants Mask of Anarchy” (ERR 18 [July 2007]: 381-400). each and were by registration only. These were conceived as an attempt to integrate the past models of “seminars” After two more sets of concurrent sessions on Sunday and “workshops”: the organizing committee invited eight morning, the conference ended at 12:15 p.m. prominent scholars at various stages of the career to hold a seminar based on an unpublished work relevant to our On behalf of all of us in Toronto, it was a pleasure and a conference theme. Each leader also had the option of privilege. G suggesting one additional reading – a Romantic-era literary or non-literary text or a piece of criticism or theory – and this material, along with the work-in-progress itself, was made available in advance to registrants online. Our invited MEMBERS' NEWS seminar leaders were Marshall Brown (who unfortunately could not attend), Adriana Craciun, Leith Davis, Denise JAMES BIERI (Texas-Austin) has Gigante, Anne Janowitz, Paul Keen, Charles Mahoney, and published Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Jane Moody. Another set of concurrent sessions followed Biography (Johns Hopkins, 2008). This the seminars, after which Esther Schor delivered our major biography of Shelley, England’s second plenary, “Universal Romanticism.” Memorable for most radical and controversial many reasons, the lecture began with a reading of “On First Romantic poet, is the first to appear in Looking into Chapman’s Homer” in Esperanto! (“Multe thirty years. Informed by the author’s vojahis mi en l’ora zono …”) Ranging across worlds in extensive research, psychological order to trace the diversity at the heart of Romantic insight, and recent scholarship on conceptualizations of universalism, Schor presented a Shelley and his circle, the biography genealogy of the word “universe” and its derivatives in the stresses the intimate relationship context of universal language, universal rights, and between the poet’s writing and his universal egotism. After the talk, graduate students complex personality. James Bieri gathered for the Graduate Student Pub Night at the Duke of draws upon his dual background as a Shelley scholar and a York. psychologist to create a compelling narrative of Shelley’s multifaceted life. Shelley’s personality transcends any Saturday offered a full day of concurrent sessions with entreaty either to see it “plain” or to be labeled with a more conversation over refreshments, at the end of which clinical diagnosis. Remarkably resilient, he was continually we were treated to Linda Colley’s plenary, “Trans- creative despite intervals of depression and periodic, Continental Romances, Gender, and Power: The World-Wide hallucinatory panic attacks. Fascinated by the human Political Thought of Philip Francis.” In the process of psyche, he incorporated into his poetry his own exploring competing visions of this fascinating figure – self-analysis, including a remarkably sophisticated theory of Irishman, rake, member of Calcutta’s Supreme Council in love that provided the title to his most powerful erotic the 1770s, fierce critic of Warren Hastings both in India and poem, Epipsychidion. Bieri also probes Shelley's numerous London, political theorist and writer, and supporter of the emotional, romantic, and familial entanglements. Based on American and French Revolutions – the lecture crossed the author’s twenty years of research, the book includes from Bengal to the Cape of Africa, London, and Paris to new information on the discovery of Shelley’s older provide new perspectives on questions of empire, gender, illegitimate half-brother; important letters of his father and war, nationality, race, and religion during the early grandfather; his mother’s early life, her letters about young Romantic period. After the lecture a shorter crossing took Shelley, and her major influence upon Shelley; the first us from Vic to Hart House, where the banquet was held in published portrait of Sophia Stacey, who beguiled Shelley in the Great Hall. A convivial (and I thought surprisingly Florence; and further evidence on Shelley’s secretly excellent) meal was followed by the presentation of awards. adopted Neapolitan infant. This biography offers a NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 4 sympathetic and nuanced view of Shelley’s tumultuous life, JEFFREY CASS (Louisiana-Monroe) and personality, and poetry. www.press.jhu.edu LARRY PEER (Brigham Young) have recently co-edited Romantic Border INGER SIGRUN BRODEY (North Crossings (Ashgate, 2008). Romantic Carolina) has recently released Border Crossings participates in the Ruined by Design Shaping Novels and important movement towards Gardens in the Culture of Sensibility ‘otherness’ in Romanticism, by (Routledge, 2008). By examining the uncovering the intellectual and motif of ruination in a variety of disciplinary anxieties that surround late-eighteenth-century domains, this comparative studies of British, book portrays the moral aesthetic of American, and European literature and the culture of sensibility in Europe, culture. As this diverse group of essays demonstrates, we particularly its negotiation of the can now speak of a global Romanticism that encompasses demands of tradition and pragmatism emerging critical categories such as Romantic pedagogy, alongside utopian longings for transatlantic studies, and transnationalism, with the result authenticity, natural goodness, self-governance, mutual that ‘new’ works by writers marginalized by class, gender, transparency, and instantaneous kinship. This book argues race, or geography are invited into the canon at the same that the rhetoric of ruins lends a distinctive shape to the time that fresh readings of traditional texts emerge. architecture and literature of the time and requires the Exemplifying these developments, the authors and topics novel to adjust notions of authorship and narrative to examined include Elizabeth Inchbald, Lord Byron, Gérard de accommodate the prevailing aesthetic. Just as architects of Nerval, English Jacobinism, Goethe, the Gothic, Orientalism, eighteenth-century follies pretend to have discovered Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Anglo-American conflicts, “authentic” ruins, novelists within the culture of sensibility manifest destiny, and teaching romanticism. The collection also build purposely fragmented texts and disguise their constitutes a powerful rethinking of the divisions that authorship, invoking highly artificial means of simulating continue to haunt Romantic studies. www.ashgate.com nature. The cultural pursuit of human ruin, however, leads to hypocritical and sadistic extremes that put an end to the JAMES CHANDLER (Chicago) and characteristic ambivalence of sensibility and its unusual MAUREEN N. McLANE (New York) structures. www.routledge.com have recently edited The Cambridge Companion to British Romantic Poetry RON BROGLIO (Georgia Institute for (Cambridge, 2008). More than any Technology) has recently published other period of British literature, Technologies of the Picturesque: Romanticism is strongly identified British Art, Poetry and Instruments with a single genre. Romantic poetry 1750-1830 (Bucknell, 2008). This has been one of the most enduring, book examines how art and best loved, most widely read and technology mutually align their most frequently studied genres for representations of nature in order to two centuries and remains no less so transform land into intelligible today. This Companion offers a comprehensive overview landscapes. The author has selected and interpretation of the poetry of the period in its literary three technological fields burgeoning and historical contexts. The essays consider its metrical, in 18th century Britain whose formal, and linguistic features; its relation to history; its influence on the picturesque influence on other genres; its reflections of empire and aesthetic has been overlooked: cartography, meteorology, nationalism, both within and outside the British Isles; and and animal breeding. Technologies of the Picturesque the various implications of oral transmission and the rapid traces how these scientific fields influence the works of expansion of print culture and mass readership. Attention is Wordsworth, Gilpin, Constable, Gainsborough and other key given to the work of less well-known or recently figures of the period. Technology and interior experience of rediscovered authors, alongside the achievements of some the poetic subject overlap in their means and methods of of the greatest poets in the English language: Wordsworth, removing the viewer from nature while presenting the land Coleridge, Blake, Scott, Burns, Keats, Shelley, Byron and as a comprehensible object. With each chapter archival Clare. www.cambridge.org research is paired with a phenomenological critique of how representation abstracts from the lived engagement with the land and how artists are both complicit with such objectification of nature and at other moments work toward a more vivid connection to the environment. www.bucknell.edu/script/upress NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 5
PAOLA DEGLI ESPOSTI (Padova) has literary criticism by arguing for the need to reconceptualize recently published La scena authorial agency in light of a broadened understanding of tentatrice. Coleridge, Byron, Baillie (A linguistic history. www.sup.org Tempting Stage: Coleridge, Byron, Baillie) (Esedra, 2008). From Baillie’s STEFANI ENGELSTEIN (Missouri) has unwavering longing for published Anxious Anatomy: The representation, through Coleridge’s Conception of the Human Form in qualified appreciation of the stage, to Literary and Naturalist Discourse Byron’s apparently ambiguous (SUNY, 2008). Debates at the turn of attitude, this volume investigates the the 19th century surrounding the complex relationship these human form - its reproduction, its outstanding personalities had with maiming through injury and the stage of their times. Starting amputation, and its from the analysis of Baillie’s dramatic theory, Degli Esposti supplementation with prosthetics - argues that her plays are conceived as open texts which not only dominated natural history, may be indefinitely modified as a result of their staging; De but also informed a variety of Monfort – which is also thematically analyzed – is here interrelated discourses such as seen as an instance of such conception. The second part of surgery, art, aesthetics, and the volume is devoted to Coleridge who, while undoubtedly literature. Engelstein traces the transformation of the less open than Baillie to stage representation, shared her concept of teleology from a principle in natural history conception of the stage as an educational tool; such necessary for understanding reproduction, into a conception led him not only to envision an ideal theatre but rationalization for using the biological sciences to ground to compose a play, Zapolya, which, although failing to reach ideologies in the body - from theories of subjectivity, race, the stage, aimed at furthering his idea of social reform and gender, to support for republican revolution and social through representation. The last author to come under hierarchies. Anxious Anatomy provides a compelling and scrutiny, Lord Byron, though a promoter of the staging of timely cultural history of the body as well as provocative both Baillie’s and Coleridge’s plays, openly opposed the new interpretations of works by Goethe, Blake, Kleist, representation of his own pièces. However, such a hostile Hoffmann, Mary Shelley, and Austen. attitude was rather a reaction to the theatrical status quo, www.sunypress.edu which is why his opposition turned into an attempt to reform contemporary playwriting through a series of ANGELA ESTERHAMMER (Zurich / dramatic experiments which might have been performed Western Ontario) has recently with his consent, had the British stage been governed by published Romanticism and the French practice of letting the author be the ruling Improvisation, 1750-1850 intelligence of the mise en scène. (Cambridge, 2008). During the www.esedraeditrice.com Romantic era, especially in Italy, performers known as improvvisatori ANDREW ELFENBEIN (Minnesota) and improvvisatrici extemporised has recently released Romanticism poetry in public in response to and the Rise of English (Stanford, subjects requested by their 2008). Romanticism and the Rise of audiences. This type of performance English addresses a peculiar fascinated grand tourists from development in contemporary northern Europe, who reported on literary criticism: the disappearance poetic improvisers in hundreds of travel accounts, journals, of the history of the English language letters, and periodical articles. By uncovering historical data as a relevant topic. Elfenbein argues and interpreting literary texts, Angela Esterhammer for a return not to older modes of identifies patterns in the responses of English, German, criticism, but to questions about the French, and Russian writers to the experience of relation between literature and improvisation. She explores how improvisation interacts language that have vanished from with Romantic ideas about genius, spontaneity, orality, and contemporary investigation. His book is an example of a emotional expressiveness, as well as with evolving concepts kind of work that has often been called for but rarely of gender and nation. realized—a social philology that takes seriously the formal www.cambridge.com and institutional forces shaping the production of English. This results not only in a history of English, but also in a recovery of major events shaping English studies as a coherent discipline. This book points to new directions in NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 6
MICHAEL GAMER (Pennsylvania) WILLIAM McCARTHY (Iowa State) and DAHLIA PORTER (Vanderbilt) has recenlty released Anna Letitia have edited a new edition of Lyrical Barbauld: Voice of the Ballads 1798 and 1800 Enlightenment (Johns Hopkins, (Broadview, 2008). Long central to 2008). Against the background of the canon of British Romantic the American and French literature, Samuel Taylor Coleridge revolutions, the Napoleonic Wars, and William Wordsworth’s Lyrical and the struggle for religious Ballads is a fascinating case study equality in Great Britain, a brilliant, in the history of poetry, publishing, embattled woman strove to defend and authorship. This Broadview Enlightenment values to her edition is the first to reprint both nation. Poet, teacher, essayist, the 1798 and the 1800 editions of political writer, editor, and critic, Lyrical Ballads in their entirety. In Anna Letitia Barbauld was the appendices to this Broadview edition, reviews, venerated by contemporaries on both sides of the Atlantic, correspondence, and a selection of contemporary verse and among them the young Walter Scott, the young Samuel prose situate the work within the popular and experimental Taylor Coleridge, and Boston Unitarians such as William literature of its time, and allow readers to trace the work’s Ellery Channing. After decades in the historical limbo into transformations in response to the pressures of the literary which almost all work by women writers of her era was marketplace. www.broadviewpress.com swept, Barbauld’s writings on citizenly ethics, identity politics, church-state relations, and empire are still deeply JILLIAN HEYDT-STEVENSON relevant today. Inquiring and witty as well as principled and (Colorado) and CHARLOTTE passionate, Barbauld was a voice for the Enlightenment in SUSSMAN (Duke) have co-edited an age of revolution and reaction. Based on more than Recognizing the Romantic Novel: fifteen years of research in dozens of libraries and archives New Histories of British Fiction, of five countries, this is the first full-length biography of one 1774-1824 (Liverpool, 2008). of the foremost women writers in Georgian England. Something happened to the www.press.jhu.edu literary field at the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of MAUREEN N. McLANE (New York) the nineteenth century, and that has recently published Balladeering, thing was not Romanticism, or at Minstrelsy, and the Making of least not Romanticism as it has British Romantic Poetry traditionally been understood. The (Cambridge, 2008). This is a new event was the quantifiable history and theory of British poetry dominance of the novel as the most important literary between 1760 and 1830, focusing genre of the day. Much more concerned with the on the relationship between unexpected, the unconventional, and the uncanny than Romantic poetry and the their immediate predecessors or successors, the novels of production, circulation and textuality the Romantic era have often puzzled critics, who fear that of ballads. By discussing the ways in they achieve neither the compelling realism of the which eighteenth-century cultural eighteenth-century novel, nor the psychological complexity and literary researches flowed into of the Victorian novel. Yet this period produced some of the and shaped key canonical works, most important novelists of British literary history, including McLane argues that romantic poetry’s influences went far Jane Austen and Walter Scott. The essays collected in beyond the merely literary. Breathing new life into the work Recognizing the Romantic Novel emerge out of the current of eighteenth-century balladeers and antiquarians, she re-evaluation of the vibrancy and centrality of the Romantic addresses the revival of the ballad, the figure of the era novel, and showcase the diversity of important new minstrel, and the prevalence of a ‘minstrelsy complex’ in voices and directions in the field. Featuring essays from romanticism. Furthermore, she envisages a new way of such distinguished scholars as Mary L. Jacobus, Ian engaging with romantic poetics, encompassing both ‘oral’ Duncan, Ina Ferris and Saree Makdisi, this timely volume and ‘literary’ modes of poetic construction, and anticipates will be required reading for scholars of the Romantic era. the role that technology might play in a media-driven www.liverpool-unipress.co.uk twenty-first century. The study will be of great interest to scholars and students of Romantic poetry, literature and culture. www.cambridge.org NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 7
MAUREEN N. McLANE (New York) is unanticipated barriers to acceptance in later life, Looser also pleased to announce the opens up new scholarly territory in the burgeoning field of publication of Same Life: Poems feminist age studies. www.press.jhu.edu (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008). From the alphabet inscribed in our DNA to MICHAEL O’NEILL (Durham) and the stars that once told stories, CHARLES MAHONEY (Connecticut at Same Life maps a cosmos both Storrs) have recently edited intricate and vast. In her first Romantic Poetry: An Annotated full-length book of poems, McLane Anthology (Blackwell, 2008). Easily has written a beautifully sensual adaptable as both an anthology and and moving work, full of passion an insightful guide to reading and and sadness and humor and understanding Romantic Poetry, this understanding. Erotically charged text discusses the important lyrics conjure a latter-day Sappho; major sequences explore elements in the works from poets citizenship and sexuality, landscape and history, moving us such as Smith, Blake, Wordsworth, from Etruscan ruins to video porn, ushering us through Coleridge, Southey, Barbauld, Byron, cities, gardens, lakefronts, and airplanes. Here are poems Shelley, Hemans, Keats and Landon. equally alert to shifts in weather and cracks in This anthology offers a thorough examination of the consciousness; here is a poet equally at home with delicate essential elements of Romantic Poetry; discusses theme, song and vivid polemic. Same Life evokes an American life genre, structure, rhyme, form, imagery, and poetic in transit, shareable yet singular; singable, ponderable, influence; features helpful head notes and annotations erotic; an unpredictable venture in twenty-first-century provide relevant contextual information and in-depth soul-making. www.palgrave-usa.com commentary; and examines each of its poems in great detail. www.blackwellpublishing.com DEVONEY LOOSER (Missouri) has recently published Women Writers LESLIE RITCHIE (Queen's) has and Old Age in Great Britain, recently published Women Writing 1750–1850 (Johns Hopkins, 2008). Music in Late Eighteenth-Century This groundbreaking study explores England: Social Harmony in the later lives and late-life writings of Literature and Performance more than two dozen British women (Ashgate, 2008). Combining new authors active during the long musicology trends, formal musical eighteenth century. Drawing on analysis, and literary feminist biographical materials, literary texts, recovery work, Leslie Ritchie and reception histories, Looser finds examines rare poetic, didactic, that far from fading into moribund old fictional, and musical texts written age, female literary greats such as by women in late Anna Letitia Barbauld, Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, eighteenth-century Britain. She Catharine Macaulay, Hester Lynch Piozzi, and Jane Porter finds instances of and resistance to toiled for decades after they achieved acclaim—despite contemporary perceptions of music as a form of social seemingly concerted attempts by literary gatekeepers to control in works by Maria Barthélemon, Harriett Abrams, marginalize their later contributions. Though these Mary Worgan, Susanna Rowson, Hannah Cowley, and remarkable women wrote and published well into old age, Amelia Opie, among others. Relating women’s musical Looser sees in their late careers the necessity of choosing compositions and writings about music to theories of among several different paths. These included receding into music's function in the formation of female subjectivities the background as authors of “classics,” adapting to during the latter half of the eighteenth century, Ritchie grandmotherly standards of behavior, attempting to draws on the work of cultural theorists and cultural reshape masculinized conceptions of aged wisdom, or historians, as well as feminist scholars who have explored trying to create entirely new categories for older women the connection between femininity and performance. writers. In assessing how these writers affected and were Whether crafting works consonant with societal ideals of affected by the culture in which they lived, and in examining charitable, natural, and national order, or re-imagining their their varied reactions to the prospect of aging, Looser participation in these musical aids to social harmony, constructs careful portraits of each of her subjects and women contributed significantly to the formation of British explains why many turned toward retrospection in their cultural identity. Ritchie’s interdisciplinary book will interest later works. In illuminating the powerful and often poorly scholars working in a range of fields, including gender recognized legacy of the British women writers who spurred studies, musicology, eighteenth-century British literature, a marketplace revolution in their earlier years only to find and cultural studies. www.ashgate.com NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 8
MATTHEW SCHNEIDER (Chapman) every prominent Romantic and Victorian poet, and shoals of has recently published The Long and ambitious poetasters into the bargain. Poets kept the epic Winding Road from Blake to the alive by revising its conventions to meet an overlapping Beatles (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008). series of changing realities: insurgent democracy, The story of the Beatles begins not Napoleonic war, the rise of class consciousness and with the rock-‘n’-roll revolution of the repeated reform of the franchise, challenges posed by 1950s, but in the Romantic scientific advance to religious belief and cherished notions revolution of the 1790s, when of the human, the evolution of a postnationalist and age-old notions about literature, eventually imperialist identity for Britain as the world’s politics, education, and social superpower. Each of these developments called on relations changed forever. Tracing nineteenth-century epic to do what the genre had always the Beatles to their late eighteenth- done: affirm the unity of its sponsoring culture through a and early nineteenth-century poetic, large utterance that both acknowledged the distinctive musical, and philosophic roots, The Long and Winding Road flowering of the modern and affirmed its rootedness in from Blake to the Beatles weaves literary criticism and tradition. The best writers answered this call by figuring cultural analysis together to how the Fab Four—in their Britain’s self-renewal and the genre’s as versions of one songs, personalities, and relations with each other—mirror another. In passing Herbert Tucker notices scores of the themes and history of Anglo-American Romanticism. mediocre congeners (and worse), so as to show where the www.palgrave-usa.com challenge of a given decade fell and suggest what lay at stake. www.oup.com ERIK SIMPSON (Grinnell) has recently published Literary MICHAEL WILEY (North Florida) has Minstrelsy, 1770-1830: Minstrels recently published Romantic and Improvisers in British, Irish, and Migrations: Local, National, and American Literature (Palgrave, Transnational Dispositions (Palgrave, 2008). Simpson contends that 2008). Analyzing real, speculative, Romantic-era writers used the figure and imaginary schemes of migration of the minstrel to imagine authorship to and from Britain, Romantic as a social, responsive enterprise. Migrations addresses three This study demonstrates that the interrelated movements: between minstrel was central to France and Britain after the French developments as varied as the Revolution, between Britain and introduction of the word North America after the American “improvisation” into English through portrayals of Italian Revolution, and between West Africa improvisers, the rivalry between Wordsworth and Byron in and Britain after English slavery was outlawed. At this time the 1810s, and the emergence of poems that dramatized and within these spaces, radical changes destabilized ancient minstrel contests to address the competitive Britons’s sense of individual, local, and national selfhood. dynamics of the literary marketplace. Reading The Last of Wiley illuminates how the British literature of migration the Mohicans alongside a wide range of materials from registered the destabilizations and negotiated new early nineteenth-century print culture, the book’s final possibilities for international, transnational, or global selves chapter draws out the project’s implications for the in a new and still-changing world. www.palgrave-usa.com emergence of transatlantic blackface minstrelsy in the 1830s and 1840s. www.palgrave.com CELESTINE WOO (SUNY, Empire State) has recently published HERBERT F. TUCKER (Virginia) has Romantic Actors and Bardolatry: recently published Epic: Britain's Performing Shakespeare from Heroic Muse 1790-1910 (Oxford, Garrick to Kean (Peter Lang, 2008). This book is the first to 2008). “Bardolatry,” that whimsical provide a connected history of epic term referring to Shakespeare’s poetry in Britain between the French rise to canonical status as well as Revolution and the First World War. to his worshippers’s adulation, Although epic is widely held to have solidified within the theatrical been shouldered aside by the novel, discourses of the eighteenth if not invalidated in advance by century and the British Romantic modernity, in fact the genre was era. Woo examines the era’s four practiced without interruption across most celebrated Shakespeare the long nineteenth century by nearly performers in London - David Garrick, John Philip Kemble, NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 9
Sarah Siddons, and Edmund Kean - arguing that they broadened and altered the boundaries of Shakespearean Romanticism and Victorianism on the discourse in specific ways, offering and modeling novel paradigms by which to apprehend Shakespeare, and thus Net (RaVoN) contributing to the growth of bardolatry as a discursive www.ravon.umontreal.ca phenomenon. Using Pierre Bourdieu as a model, Woo traces the development of Shakespearean discourse as a Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net is pleased to field of cultural production, shaped by these actors. By announce two new issues (49-50). examining their disparate approaches to performing Shakespeare, she reveals that Shakespeare as an icon Articles from Issue 49 (February 2008) became commodified, politicized, gendered, and increasingly appropriated within literary and dramatic www.erudit.org/revue/ravon/2008/v/n49/index.html discourse as a result of the influences of these four performers. Her analysis deepens our understanding of the Interdisciplinarity and the Body: Guest-edited by Pamela processes by which Shakespeare was institutionalized as a K. Gilbert figure representing national character, human nature, and the breadth of human experience. www.peterlang.com G Pamela K. Gilbert: “Introduction”
CONTENTS: TIMOTHY ALBORN (Lehman College, CUNY): “Normal Bodies, JOURNALS & SOCIETIES Normal Prices: Interdisciplinarity in Victorian Life Insurance” HAZLITT REVIEW PETER MELVILLE LOGAN (Temple): “Imitations of Insanity and www.williamhazlitt.org Victorian Medical Aesthetics” GAVIN BUDGE (Hertfordshire): “‘Art’s Neurosis’: Medicine, Mass Culture and the Romantic Artist in William The Hazlitt Society is pleased to announce the publication Hazlitt” of The Hazlitt Review, an annual peer-reviewed journal, the SUSAN ZIEGER (California, Riverside): “Victorian first internationally to be devoted to Hazlitt studies. The Hallucinogens” Review aims to promote and maintain Hazlitt’s standing, MEEGAN KENNEDY (Florida State): “Diagnosis or Detour?: The both in the academy and to a wider readership, by providing Uses of Medical Realism in the Victorian Novel” a forum for new writing on Hazlitt, by established scholars as well as more recent entrants in the field. REVIEWS: TIM FULFORD (Nottingham Trent): Daniel O’Quinn, Staging The first issue has now been released (September, 2008): Governance: Theatrical Imperialism in London, 1770-1800 Contents: KEVIN HUTCHINGS (Northern British Columbia): Timothy DAVID BROMWICH, “Hazlitt on Shakespeare and the Motives of Morton, Ecology without Nature: Rethinking Power” Environmental Aesthetics UTTARA NATARAJAN, “Hazlitt and Kean” DAVID M. BAULCH (West Florida): Robert Mitchell, Sympathy MATTHEW SCOTT, “Hazlitt’s Burke and the Idea of Grace” and the State in the Romantic Era: Systems, State MALI PURKAYASTHA, “Why Hogarth Mattered to Hazlitt” Finance, and the Shadows of Futurity MAUREEN MCCUE, “‘A Gallery in the Mind’: Hazlitt, the Louvre, NEIL FORSYTH (Lausanne): Luisa Calé, Fuseli’s Milton Gallery; and the Meritocracy of Taste” ‘Turning readers into Spectators’ KEVIN MCCARRA, “Hazlitt Enters the Ring” BRIAN COOPER (Hobart and William Smith Colleges): Catherine Gallagher, The Body Economic: Life, Review of Hazlitt Studies 2007 Death, and Sensation in Political Economy and the Victorian Novel The Hazlitt Review invites submissions for its 2009 issue. GAIL MARSHALL (Oxford Brookes): Kirsten Pullen, Actresses Scholarly essays (4000-7000 words) and reviews should and Whores: On Stage and in Society follow the MHRA style. The Board is also happy to consider TABITHA SPARKS (McGill): Sondra M. Archimedes, Gendered more informal submissions from Hazlitt’s lay readership. Pathologies: The Female Body and Biomedical E-mail [email protected] or post to Uttara Natarajan, Discourse in the Nineteenth-Century Novel c/o Department of English & Comparative Literature, RACHEL TEUKOLSKY (Pennsylvania State): Colette Colligan, The Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London SE14 6NW. We Traffic in Obscenity from Byron to Beardsley: regret that we cannot publish material already published or submitted elsewhere. G NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 10
Sexuality and Exoticism in Nineteenth-Century Print CARL LEHNEN (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): Jonah Siegel. Culture Haunted Museum: Longing, Travel, and the JOSS MARSH: Mervyn Heard. Phantasmagoria: The Secret Life Art-Romance Tradition of the Magic Lantern. LISA JENKINS (Independent Scholar): Captivating Subjects: DANIEL SIEGEL (Alabama at Birmingham): Amanda Writing Confinement, Citizenship, & Nationhood in Claybaugh. The Novel of Purpose: Literature and the Nineteenth Century. Eds. Jason Haslam and Social Reform in the Anglo-American World. Julia M. Wright MARTIN DANAHAY (Brock): Oliver S. Buckton, Cruising with DEIRDRE D’ALBERTIS (Bard): Pamela K. Gilbert. The Citizen’s Robert Louis Stevenson: Travel, Narrative and the Body: Desire, Health, and the Social in Victorian Colonial Body. England DAN BIVONA (Arizona State): Bruce Robbins. Upward Mobility MARK LLEWELLYN (Liverpool): Molly Youngkin. Feminist and the Common Good: Toward a Literary History Realism at the Fin de Siècle: The Influence of the of the Welfare State. Late-Victorian Woman’s Press on the Development of the Novel www.erudit.org/revue/ravon/2008/v/n50/index.html TANYA AGATHOCLEOUS (Yale): Leela Gandhi. Affective Communities: Anti-colonial Thought, Fin-de-Siècle CONTENTS: Radicalism, and the Politics of Friendship G KEN A. BUGAJSKI (Saint Francis in Fort Wayne): “Editing and Noting: Vision and Revisions of Leigh Hunt's Romantic Circles Literary Lives” PAUL KEEN (Carleton): “On the Highways of Literature: www.rc.umd.edu Herbert Croft's Unfinished Business” DOUGLASS H. THOMSON (Georgia Southern): “Mingled Secularism, Cosmopolitanism, and Measures: Gothic Parody in Tales of Wonder and Romanticism Tales of Terror” DEBRA CHANNICK (California, Irvine): “‘A Logic of Its Own’: Romantic Circles is pleased to Repetition in Coleridge’s ‘Christabel’” announce the publication of a new ROMAN SYMPOS (Nephelokokkygia): “Enchanted Archive: volume in its Praxis series, Secularism, Influence, Dissemination, and Media Cosmopolitanism, and Romanticism, Transformation in Shelley's ‘Ode to the West Wind’” edited by Colin Jager, with essays DEWEY W. HALL (California State Polytechnic, Pomona): contributed by Colin Jager, Mark Canuel, Paul Hamilton, “Wordsworth and Emerson: Aurora Borealis and and Bruce Robbins. Despite its air of neutrality, the Question of Influence” “secularism” is increasingly understood to have its own LISA NEVÁREZ (Siena College): “‘Monk’ Lewis’ ‘The Isle of interests, particularly when it comes to defining and Devils’ and the Perils of Colonialism” managing the “religious.” And, thanks to its constitutive ARIA F. CHERNIK (North Carolina at Greensboro): “The relationship to modernity, romanticism is invested in ‘Peculiar Light’ of Blakean Vision: Reorganizing secularism, not least in those moments typically coded as Enlightenment Discourse and Opening the “spiritual” or “religious.” Cosmopolitanism, too, bears a Exemptive Sublime” vexed relationship to a period typically associated with PATRICK WRIGHT (Manchester Metropolitan): “Coleridge’s nationalism. Finally, secularism and cosmopolitanism are Translucence: A Failed Transcendence?” themselves related in surprising ways, both historically and CARL PLASA (Cardiff): “‘Conveying Away the Trash’: conceptually. Do they pursue the same project? Do they Sweetening Slavery in Matthew Lewis’s Journal of a diverge? How and when? And how does romantic writing West India Proprietor, Kept during a Residence in figure such alignments? These are the questions motivating the Island of Jamaica” the three essays in this volume. You can access the volume directly here: REVIEWS: http://romantic.arhu.umd.edu/praxis/secularism/ TIM FULFORD (Nottingham Trent): Jill Heydt-Stevenson. Austen’s Unbecoming Conjunctions: Subversive Novel Prospects: Teaching Laughter, Embodied History Romantic-Era Fiction CHRISTOPH BODE (Munich): Cian Duffy. Shelley and the Revolutionary Sublime Romantic Circles is delighted to ELLA DZELZAINIS (Birkbeck, London): Janice Carlisle. Common announce the publication of Novel Scents: Comparative Encounters in High-Victorian Prospects: Teaching Romantic-Era Fiction Fiction, a new special issue in our Pedagogies Commons section. Edited by Patricia A. Matthew and Miriam L. Wallace, with essays and teaching NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 11 materials by Stephen C. Behrendt, A. A. Markley, Daniel Philosophy and Culture Schierenbeck, Evan Gottlieb, Michael Goode, Lisa Wilson, Lesley Walker, and Mary Favret, this collection explores the Romantic Circles is pleased to challenges of teaching narrative fiction published between announce a new volume in the Praxis 1789 and 1830. These essays engage with the ways in series, Philosophy and Culture, edited which Romantic-era fiction challenges not just period by Rei Terada, with contributions from conventions, but pedagogical practices and undergraduate Manu Chander, Ted Underwood, scholarship. Topics examined include issues raised by Thomas Pfau, J. HIllis Miller, and Daniel Tiffany. This volume teaching “historical” novels to modern students, reading addresses a perceived opposition between philosophy and Jane Austen in a time of war, depictions of racialized bodies critical theory on the one hand, and culture or cultural in reformist fictions, and situating Romantic fictions in studies on the other. It seeks to revalidate critical work that place and social contexts. Emphasizing new possibilities develops a philosophy of culture and a culturally historical for classroom teaching and demonstrating that scholarly philosophy. The contributors develop such cultural work by pursuits and teaching need not exist in separate spheres, comparing Romantic, modern, and/or contemporary the essays also offer practical approaches to “folding” notions of individuality and society and by considering ways Romantic-era fiction into existing course projects at the of thinking about the dynamics of autonomy and collectivity same time that they examine the questions raised by on which culture depends. All the contributions suggest that including texts and writers that, until recently, have been culture is less about intentionality or a coherent group of largely ignored. You can find Novel Prospects at: people and more about a network of habits, ideas, and www.rc.umd.edu/pedagogies/commons/novel/ enigmatic affiliations. The difficulty of construing the relations between deliberate practices and their Utopianism and Joanna Baillie non-deliberate outcomes underlies each of the essays in the volume; a philosophy of culture and a culturally Romantic Circles is pleased to announce historical philosophy best address such difficulty. This the publication of its latest volume in the volume is now available at: Praxis series: Utopianism and Joanna www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/philcult/ Baillie, edited by Regina Hewitt. This volume of original critical essays Ecocriticism Blog contextualizes work by and about Joanna Baillie with respect to new views of utopianism that Romantic Circles is pleased to call your attention to a new emphasize processes of envisioning social change. series of posts on our blog, initial statements in a thematic Hewitt’s Preface offers an overview of the shift from thread on Ecocriticism. We anticipate that this thread will structure to strategy in utopian studies and aligns the run from July through October. Guest bloggers, invited by resultant interest in seeking justice, expanding gender Ron Broglio on behalf of Romantic Circles, are Kurt Fosso, roles, and staging thought experiments with preoccupations Timothy Morton, and Ashton Nicholas. In future, we’ll invite in Baillie studies. Each essay that follows participates in an other scholars to participate in threads on other topics (feel ongoing utopian project of recovering Baillie by offering new free to contact the Editors with suggestions). The Romantic material about her life or insights into her works: Thomas Circles blog allows readers to comment on posts, so we McLean provides a chronology of Baillie’s letters that hope readers will respond to the guest bloggers’ entries. merges information from his forthcoming volume of newly The blog is available at: www.rc.umd.edu/blog_rc/ discovered letters with information from Judith Bailey Slagle’s landmark edition; Robert Hale reveals a subtext of Romantic Circles is also pleased to announce the latest social critique in Baillie’s first published volume of poems; installment of its Poets on Poets archive of audio files, with William Brewer analyzes the complexity of transgressive contemporary poets choosing and reading Romantic-period gender roles in Baillie’s Orra and The Dream; Marjean poems . This grouping includes Ken Cormier performing Purinton reads Baillie's comedies as protests against the Blake's “The Fly,” Douglas Kearney reading Blake’s “A masculinist norms being codified in the medical profession Poison Tree,” Molly Peacock reading Wordsworth’s “Nuns during the Romantic Era; Regina Hewitt treats Baillie's fret not” sonnet, Joshua Kryah reading John Clare’s “Where comedies as “ecotopian” works that identify and encourage she told her love,” and Erica Wright reading Wordsworth’s sympathetic behaviors conducive to the co-survival of all “Elegaic Stanzas.” As always, the audio files (in MP3 humans in the physical and social environments they format) or readings, accompanied by bios of the occupy. This volume is available at: contemporary poets and texts of the poems, can be www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/utopia/ listened to and downloaded for free from this address: www.rc.umd.edu/editions/poets/toc.html G NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 12
Romanticism Only articles physically published between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 (even if the citation date of the journal is different) are eligible for consideration for the The latest issue of Romanticism, 14.2 (2008), is now 2009 prize and may be submitted by the author or the available. publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. Submission of interdisciplinary studies Re-imagining the City: Edited by Gregory Dart is especially encouraged. The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars Contents: representing diverse disciplines. GREGORY DART, “Preface: Re-imagining the City” JUDITH HAWLEY, “Grub Street in Albion: or, Scriblerian Satire Send three copies of published articles/essays to the chair in the Romantic Metropolis” of the committee at the following address: Dr. Karen ALISON O'BYRNE, “The Art of Walking in London: Representing Waters, Department of Literature and Languages, Urban Pedestrianism in the Early Nineteenth Marymount University, 2807 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA Century” 22203. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Waters RICHARD HAMBLYN, “Notes from Underground: Lisbon after ([email protected]). Applicants must verify the Earthquake” the date of actual publication for eligibility and provide an LEYA LANDAU, “The Metropolis and Women Novelists in the email address so that receipt of their submissions may be Romantic Period” acknowledged. One entry per scholar or publisher is MARKMAN ELLIS, “‘Spectacles within doors’: Panoramas of allowed annually. Essays written in part or in whole in a London in the 1790s” language other than English must be accompanied by an GREGORY DART, “On Great and Little Things: Cockney Art in English translation. Postmark deadline for submission is 15 the 1820s” NOVEMBER 2008. FREDERICK BURWICK, “Coleridge’s Conversation Poems: Thinking the Thinker” 2009 Emerging Scholars Award JONATHON SHEARS, “Byron's Aposiopesis”
The work of emerging scholars represents the promise and Reviews: long-term future of interdisciplinary scholarship in PETER COCHRAN, “Ireland’s Minstrel: A Life of Tom Moore, 19th-century studies. In recognition of the excellent Poet, Patriot, and Byron’s Friend, and: Robert publications of this constituency of emerging scholars, the Southey: Entire Man of Letters” Nineteenth Century Studies Association has established the OLIVIA MURPHY, “Prospect and Refuge in the Landscape of Emerging Scholars Award. Jane Austen” ANTHONY JARRELLS, “Bloody Romanticism: Spectacular This award recognizes an outstanding article or essay Violence and the Politics of Representation, published within five years of the author’s doctorate. Entries 1776-1832” can be from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the DAVID TAYLOR, “Staging Governance: Theatrical Imperialism long 19th century (the French Revolution to World War I), in London, 1770-1800” G must be published in English or be accompanied by an English translation, and must be by a single author. The Nineteenth Century Studies Association 2009 Article Prize and Emerging Scholar Award The winner will receive $500 to be presented at the annual meeting of the NCSA in March 2009. Prize recipients need 2009 Article Prize not be members of the NCSA, but are encouraged to attend the conference, at which the registration fee will be waived, The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is in order to receive the award. pleased to announce the 2009 Article Prize, which recognizes excellence in scholarly studies from any Eligibility: discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century 1) Entrants must be within five years of having received a (French Revolution to World War I). The winner will receive a doctorate or other terminal professional degree, and must cash award of $500 to be presented at the annual meeting have less than seven years of experience either in an of NCSA in Milwaukee, WI, 26-28 March 2009. Prize academic career, or as a post-terminal-degree independent recipients need not be members of the NCSA, but are scholar or practicing professional. encouraged to attend the conference, at which the registration fee will be waived, in order to receive the 2) Articles published in any scholarly journals, including award. on-line journals, or in edited volumes of essays are eligible. NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 13
3) Articles submitted to the NCSA Article Prize competition Halmi (Washington), and a large number of special sessions are ineligible for the Emerging Scholars Award. and regular panels. The intellectual rationale and objective behind the theme of “Romanticism and Modernity” is 4) Only articles physically published between 1 September twofold. First, at the level of content, the meeting aims to 2007 and 31 August 2008 (even if the citation date of the explore and reconsider continuities and/or points of contact journal is different) are eligible for the 2009 Emerging between the relatively compact period of Romanticism and Scholars Award. the social, political, economic, and aesthetic formations of European modernity that either precede it or that follow in Submission Process Romanticism’s wake. Secondly, at a disciplinary level, our 1) An article can be submitted by an author or by the focus on Romanticism’s complex and often ambivalent publisher or editor of a journal or essay collection. place within the material processes and intellectual genealogies of European modernity aims to encourage 2) In any given year, an applicant may submit more than work that links British Romantic Studies to a wider one article for this award. The winning article will be European context. This conference specifically encourages selected by a committee representing diverse disciplines. presentations that forge connections among British, German, French national literatures and cultures , as well 3) Send three off-prints or photocopies to: Dr. Dennis as European philosophical and aesthetic traditions Denisoff / Department of English / Ryerson University / flourishing during the Romantic period, leading up to it, 350 Victoria Street / Toronto, ON M5B 2K3 / Canada. and/or extending into the nineteenth century and beyond. Please note that sufficient postage to Canada is required.
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Romanticism & Modernity Possible Topics Include: % A new Hermeneutic: the Rise of Historicism % Skepticism as Romantic Method and/or Affect % Romanticism & Narratives of Secularization % Rewriting the Ancient-Modern Divide % Commerce, Finance, & Social Imaginaries, 1780-1840 % Knowledge as Transaction: the Rise of Professionalism % Romanticism and the Political Languages of Modernity % Romantic Institutions: Library, Museum, Encyclopedia, Having hosted NASSR’s second conference in 1994, Duke etc. is proud to welcome NASSR members back to Durham for % The Rise of Avantgarde Forms: Romanticism & the 17th annual meeting of the North American Society for Modernism the Study of Romanticism. The conference, which will take % Rethinking Production: From “Work” to “Labor” place between May 21-24 of 2009, at the Washington % Rethinking Community: From the “Public” to the “Social” Duke Inn & Golf Club, immediately adjacent to the Duke % Romanticism & the Transformation of Reading University campus, will explore the theme of “Romanticism % The “Long” Century of Romantic Music: 1770-1949 & Modernity.” % Rethinking the Life-Sciences: Hume to Darwin % The Dawn of Nationalist and Imperialist Imaginaries Over the course of three days, NASSR 2009 will feature % Modernity & Romantic Melancholy three renowned keynote addresses by David Wellbery % Curriculum, Canon, and the Consolidation of “Literature” (University of Chicago), Frances Ferguson (Johns Hopkins % Romantic “Terror” as a New Mode of Social Imagination University), Terry Pinkard (Georgetown University), seminars led by Denise Gigante (Stanford), Joan Steigerwald (York), The deadline for abstract submissions is 1 DECEMBER 2008. Kevis Goodman (UC Berkeley), Noel Jackson (MIT), Thomas For updates and additional information, please visit the Pfau (Duke), Tilottama Rajan (Western), Vivasvan Soni conference website listed above. G (Northwestern), Ted Underwood (Illinois), and Nicholas NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 14
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The 2009 Wordsworth Summer Conference will be held 27 Gesellschaft für Englische Romantik July to 6 August at Forest Side, Grasmere, Cumbria. The (Society for English Romanticism) Conference will be in two parts, each of four days, with an www.englische-romantik.de all-day event on the changeover day (1 August). Keynote lecturers are: Gillian Beer, Frederick Burwick, Frances The Society for English Romanticism will be hosting its next Ferguson, Paul H. Fry, Stephen Gill, Claire Lamont, Michael annual conference, “Romantic Explorations,” at the O'Neill, Nicholas Roe, and Ann Wroe. University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz, 8-11 October 2009. The conference focuses on the various ways Contributions may take the form of short papers (2750 in which the Romantics exploded traditional notions of the words) which are scheduled at two papers to a session or arts, of individual and collective identity, of philosophy and workshops (short handout-based presentations leading into science, exploring new ground in a literal and a an hour or more of discussion). Proposals are welcome on metaphorical sense. Papers may deal with individual any Romantic topic whatsoever, though proposals may like disciplines or interdisciplinary connections between the arts to note that the opening Lecture of Part 2 will be on Darwin and other discourses, addressing, among other topics: and the Romantics, celebrating the bicentennial of Darwin’s birth, and the sesquicentennial of The Origin of Species. The % Epistemology: rational and intuitive knowledge, visual Programme may also – space permitting – include two hermeneutics, and the visionary debates, one on the merits and cultural significance of The % Science and the arts: experimental knowledge and White Doe of Rylstone (1809) and another on Dorothy aesthetic experience Wordsworth’s status as a poet. Clusters of papers on each % Geography, ethnography, and history: self and other in of these topics would therefore be welcome. domestic and foreign travelogues and in historical writing % Ethics, the law, and politics: the individual and society Proposals (250–500 words) will be considered by two (incl. gender, race, and generation) members of the Board of Trustees and should be submitted % Industry, trade, and wealth: national economy, capital, by email attachment to the Director by 23 MARCH 2009. class, and values Details of Bursaries will be announced in December: it is % The media and representation anticipated that there will be 10 Bursaries, ranging in value from £250 to £300. Confirmed plenary speakers: Stephen C. Behrendt, University of Nebraska; Frederick Burwick, UCLA; Noah Registration and Accommodation: Heringman, University of Missouri-Columbia; Peter J. Kitson, % A full 9 days in Grasmere (two parts, of 5 nights each, University of Dundee; and, to be confirmed: Cecilia Powell, with a changeover day) Courtauld Institute, London. % Full Board Hotel Rates for 10 nights: £550, £600, £660, £740 (Hotel) The conference will take place at a modern campus in the % Youth Hostel Half-Board prices t.b.a. (shared rooms) romantic setting of the Rhine and Moselle valleys, studded NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 15 with castles and vineyards. Delegates will be offered a wine The Romantics in Italy: Dante, Italian tasting, a cruise on the river Rhine, and a guided tour through an ancient castle. The conference fee is Culture, and Romantic Literature approximately 35 Euros. www.fondazione-delbianco.org/seminari/progetti_prof/ progview_PL.asp?start=1&idprog=96 Note: By special agreement, members of BARS and NASSR do not have to become members of the German Society for An international symposium, entitled “The Romantics in English Romanticism to take part in this conference! Italy: Dante, Italian Culture, and Romantic Literature,” will be held in Florence, Italy, 23-30 January 2010, organized by Local Organizer: Prof. Dr. Michael Meyer, Universitätsstraße Professors Frederick Burwick, Paul Douglass, and Temur 1, F 118, 56070 Koblenz. E-mail: [email protected] Kobakhidze, under the auspices of the Romualdo del Bianco Foundation of Florence. Abstracts not exceeding 500 words and a brief biographical sketch should be submitted before 15 JANUARY 2009. A symposium dedicated to exploring relations between Papers should not exceed 25 minutes, to allow for ample Romantic-Era Writers and Italian Literature and Culture, discussion time. Please consult our website for updates and especially (but not limited to) Dante. Submit abstracts or further information. G completed papers by email to the organizers (via Paul Douglass, [email protected]): 300 word abstracts or International Conference on Romanticism completed papers for presentations not to exceed fifteen www.ccny.cuny.edu/icrnyc/ minutes are due by 15 JANUARY 2009.
Possible topics include (but are certainly not limited to): The fall 2009 meeting of the International Conference on % Italy in the Romantic imagination Romanticism will convene in New York City from 5-8 % The British Romantics Living and Writing in Italy November to address the topic “Romanticism and the City.” % Romantic Era Translations of Dante into English The meeting will be jointly hosted by The City College and % Romantic Writers and Mediterranean Culture in Italy The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. % Dante’s influence on Romantic Writers Submissions engaging with some aspect of the general % Petrarch and the Romantics theme are welcome from all disciplines, including but not % Italian Drama and the 19th C. British Theater limited to literary studies, history, philosophy, and political % Italian Sculpture, Painting, or Music and Romantic science. Plenary Speakers will be Alexander Gelley Literature (California-Irvine), Marjorie Levinson (Michigan), and % British Romantic Politics and Italian Culture Michael Moon (Emory). % Foscolo’s influence on Romantic and/or Italian Literature % Italian Romantics (Manzoni, Berchet, Alfieri, etc.) & From Wordsworth’s description of Lyrical Ballads as a British Romantics response to “the increasing accumulation of men in cities” % Keats and Italy to Baudelaire’s location of the impetus for his prose poetry % Shelley and Italy in “la fréquentation des villes énormes,” the history of % Byron and Italy Romanticism is bound up with a continuous and evolving % Hawthorne and Italy response to the emergence of the modern city. As work in a % Longfellow and Italy range of areas in our own day leads us to reconsider how % Coleridge and Italy we think about such oppositions as nature and culture, the % Goethe and Italy organic and the mechanical, wholeness and multiplicity, the % Madame de Staël and Italy urban text or sub-text of Romanticism presents itself not % Translations of British, French, or German only as a comparatively neglected area of investigation but % Romantic Literature into Italian as a place to pursue this rethinking. Participants are requested to compose presentations of no These observations are offered to prompt debate and, longer than 15 minutes duration to allow plenty of time for above all, to invite a broadened conception of the historical discussion and interaction. They are asked to agree that the reach of Romanticism in the formulation of proposals. Foundation and the Organizers will have the first right of Proposals for individual papers should be limited to 500 refusal for publication of their papers, if the quality of the words and emailed to [email protected] no later than work presented should prove to be sufficient to warrant the May 1, 2009. Proposals for special sessions should be effort and expense of publication. All participants will be limited to 1000 words and emailed to asked to be present at all sessions and to participate in [email protected] no later than 1 MARCH 2009. G cultural events related to the symposium. Meetings will consist primarily (but not exclusively) of sessions in which formal academic papers will be read, accompanied by NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 16
PowerPoint or other media demonstrations. For more other displays information on the program details, please visit the % Museum objects, museum narratives, museum conference website. G disciplines % Learned societies and institutions % Disciplinarity, punishment and the law Romantic Disorder: % Culturally specific disciplines Predisciplinarity and the Divisions of Knowledge % Archane, discredited or vestigial disciplines 1750-1850 % Counterfactual disciplines: alternative outcomes % www.bbk.ac.uk/eh/research/research_conferences/roman Exploration and empire as generators of disciplines % tic_disorder Frontiers of disciplines % Gender and discipline % “Romantic Disorder” will be held at the University of Romantic resistance to disciplinarity % London, Birkbeck, 18-20 June 2009. This conference Genres and disciplines % explores the fluid and unfamiliar contours of Predisciplinary periodicals and print culture % predisciplinarity in an expansive Romantic Century, Travelers before disciplinary boundaries % 1750-1850. We envision this conference as an opportunity The Humboldts and academic disciplines % to defamiliarize foundational moments, master narratives, Evolutionism and disciplinary change % and key figures of the Romantic century, by opening them Catastrophism and uniformitarianism: disciplinary up to predisciplinary and eccentric objects, encounters, and transformations texts. Revised Deadline: Please send 300-word abstracts to Modern disciplines like geology, history, and anthropology [email protected] by 1 DECEMBER 2008. often trace their origins to Romantic-era developments. “Literature,” as a distinct category of expressive writing also Organization: Hosted by the Institute of English Studies emerged in conjunction with other disciplines, a synthetic (School of Advanced Studies, University of London) and the dialogue that would later be characterized as a contentious Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (Birkbeck, University division between “two cultures.” So too do sites such as the of London), with the support of the Centre for Iberian and gallery, the museum, and the academy emerge around this Latin American Visual Studies (Birkbeck, University of time as new forms of sociability, as attempts to display London). Conference Committee: Luisa Calè unruly arrays of pictures and other eccentric specimens. ([email protected]), Adriana Craciun What can Romantic-era aesthetic practices contribute to ([email protected]), Luciana Martins our understandings of the rise of disciplinarity in the ([email protected]), Sue Wiseman nineteenth century? How can the increasing ([email protected]) G professionalization and isolation of practices like botany, literary criticism, geology, art and theatre reviews, and monstrous media/ spectral subjects collecting illuminate the unruly dynamism of aesthetic www.monstrous-media.com forms, both verbal and visual? How do the spaces (whether institutional, geographic, or social) of predisciplinary Lancaster University is hosting “Monstrous Media/ spectral encounters and formations help shape disciplinary subjects,” 21-24 July 2009. Gothic forms and figures have discourses, and how do subjects with varying degrees of long been bound up with different media, from the agency participate in these discourses? Reading against machinery of Walpole’s modern romance to Robertson’s the grain of the “rise of disciplinarity”, and trying to undo its phantasmagorical shows in the eighteenth century; from teleological short circuits, this conference seeks to engage uncanny automata to ghostly photographs and monstrous imaginatively with the possibilities of predisciplinarity. kinetograms in the nineteenth; from cinematic shocks to digital disembodiments in the twentieth. More than merely Plenary Speakers: James Chandler (Chicago), Jonathan exploiting new technical developments in cultural Lamb (Vanderbilt), Nicholas Thomas (Cambridge). production and consumption, Gothic modes, in adopting and adapting new media, engage with excitements and Possible Topics: anxieties attendant on cultural and technological change. % Predisciplinarity and Enlightenment universalism Confirmed Plenary speakers will be Elisabeth Bronfen, % Cosmopolitanism and predisciplinarity Tanya Krzywinska, and Marina Warner. % Sites and spaces of disciplinary formation % Gentlemen experts and professionals Examining conjunctions of literary, visual, spatial and digital % Eclecticism and specialization texts in relation to spectral and visceral effects and affects, % Accidents, ephemera, exceptions, monsters the conference aims to stimulate discussions of the % Eccentric objects inside/outside galleries, museums and relationship between Gothic fictions and other cultural NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 17 forms, media and technologies. Doubling monstrosity and connections. Birthplace of representative government and spectrality, it sets out to explore the cultural production and freedom of the press in Canada, this colourful 18th century consumption of monsters and ghosts from the eighteenth port hosts several universities and a dynamic arts scene. In century to the present. conjunction with the conference, Dalhousie Theatre Productions will stage a full-scale performance of one of This interdisciplinary, international conference will be Thelwall’s plays. hosted by the Department of English and Creative Writing and supported across the University by colleagues in Papers and panel proposals by 17 FEBRUARY 2009 to English, Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies [email protected] G and the Contemporary Arts. It is hoped that international scholars from diverse fields will participate. Boston and the New Atlantic World Topics which may be covered include, but are not limited to: www.symbiosisonline.org.uk/conference.htm %Early visual technologies (phantasmagoria/ magic lantern shows/spirit photography) The 7th Biennial Symbiosis Conference, “Boston and the %Gothic embodiments (staging, smoke and mirrors, New Atlantic World,” will be hosted at Suffolk University, automata and mechanical curiosities) Boston, 25–28 June, 2009. Plenary speakers will be %Gothic on screen Richard E. Brantley (Florida), Anna Brickhouse (Virginia), %Digital Gothic (web, video games, hypertext) Mark Peterson (Berkeley). In honor of Boston’s “New World” %Visualising Gothic narrative (graphic novels, comics and past and in recognition of its central role in what William illustration) Boelhower has termed the “new Atlantic studies matrix,” %Monstrosities (subjects, texts, bodies, forms) the 2009 Symbiosis conference committee is delighted to %Media monsters invite participation in a three-day conference, “Boston and %Spectralities (subjects, spaces, environments, images) the New Atlantic World.” %Transgeneric crossings (cyborgs, science, fictions) Aiming to capitalize on the tremendous wealth of current Send queries and 250-word abstracts to Dr Catherine scholarship on transatlantic subjects as well as to work on Spooner and Prof. Fred Botting at bridging the disciplinary gap between scholars of Atlantic [email protected] by 5 JANUARY 2009. literature and history, this conference will gather Suggestions for panels and for sessions which break the participants on the Suffolk University campus on Boston’s traditional academic mould are warmly welcomed. G Beacon Hill, within striking distance of the Freedom Trail, the Black Heritage Trail, the Museum of African American The Art and the Act: John Thelwall in Practice History, the Boston Athenaeum, and other sites of great Atlantic significance.
The second Thelwell Memorial Conference, “The Art and the We invite proposals for panels and individual papers that Act: John Thelwell in Practice,” will be held at Dalhousie engage a variety of transatlantic and/or transnational University, Halifax, 16-18 October, 2009. Since the topics in the literatures and cultural histories of the Atlantic inaugural Thelwall memorial conference held in Bath in world. Papers that treat Boston as a site of Atlantic cultural January 2007, interdisiciplinary scholarship on Thelwall’s exchange are especially welcome, although the conference multifaceted career has gathered momentum. In 2009, the is certainly not limited to local concerns. Submissions are 175th anniversary of his death, we will once again gather to encouraged from scholars of literary history from the early take stock, to celebrate his remarkable legacy, and to modern period to the present. Possible topics for panels extend the circle of those who have risen to the challenge and/or papers might include the following: that his theory and practice offer our research, our teaching and our lives. % European visions of the New World % transcultural encounters around the Atlantic rim This conference invites papers on any aspect of Thelwall’s % linguistic exchange and translation wide-ranging arts and acts (medical, political, elocutionary, % transatlantic religious experiments and institutions literary, journalistic, peripatetic etc). Since Thelwall % Atlantic revolutions (United States: 1776, France: 1789, challenges us to practise what we profess, papers that Haiti: 1791, Europe: 1848) cross boundaries between theory and practice are % Atlantic utopianism (American colonies, Pantisocratic particularly welcome, as are those that explore Thelwall’s dreams, Fourierist communities, Liberian settlement) legacy, and/or transatlantic connections. % Atlantic genres (slave and captivity narratives, travel journals, ship’s logs, sermons, theatrical performances, Halifax is ideally located between British and American epistolary novels, personal letters, newspaper Thelwall communities, with direct international dispatches) NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 18 % transatlantic publishing (literary reception and British Literature in Context in the Long reputation, reviews and puffs, international editions and copyright disputes) Eighteenth Century % transatlantic cultural celebrities % transnational literary friendships, collaborations, and Announcing a new book series from Ashgate Publishing currents of influence % artistic movements that crossed and recrossed the Series Editor: Jack Lynch, Associate Professor of English, Atlantic (Romanticism, modernism) Rutgers - Newark, The State University New Jersey % figures of the Black Atlantic (Wheatley, Equiano, Douglass, Brown, Delany, Jacobs, Wright, Baldwin, and This series aims to promote original scholarship on the others) intersection of British literature and history in the long % transatlantic abolitionism (lecture tours, conventions, eighteenth century, from the Restoration through the first antislavery periodicals) generation of the Romantic era. % competing nativist, nationalist, and cosmopolitan interests Both “literature” and “history” are broadly conceived. % transamerican and hemispheric Atlantic studies: literary Literature might include not only canonical novels, poems, connections between the cultures of Canada, the United and plays but also essays, life-writing, and belles lettres of States, the Caribbean, and Latin America all sorts, by both major and minor authors. History might include not only traditional political and social history but Please submit a 300-word abstract and a 1-page CV as also the history of the book, the history of science, the Microsoft Word attachments to Professor Leslie Eckel history of religion, the history of scholarship, and the history ([email protected]) by 10 JANUARY 2009. Inquiries are of sexuality, as well as broader questions of historiography welcome before then. G and periodization.
New Directions in Austen Studies Conference The series editor invites proposals for both monographs and collections taking a wide range of approaches. www.chawtonhouse.org Contributions should be interdisciplinary but always grounded in sound historical research; the authoritative is Conference: New Directions in Austen Studies, 9-11 July always preferred to the merely trendy. All contributions 2009. Confirmed speakers include: Linda Bree, Emma should be written so as to be accessible to the widest Clery, Deirdre Le Faye, Isobel Grundy, Claudia L. Johnson, possible audience, and should seek to make lasting Deidre Lynch, Juliet McMaster, Kathryn Sutherland, Janet contributions to the field. Todd and John Wiltshire. In July 1809, Jane Austen moved to the village of Chawton in Hampshire with her mother and Proposals should take the form of either: sister, into a cottage owned by her brother, Edward Knight. 1. a preliminary letter of inquiry, briefly describing the Thus began the most productive period of Austen’s literary project; or career, as she substantially revised the manuscripts that 2. a formal prospectus including abstract, chapter would become Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice descriptions, sample chapter, estimate of length, estimate and Northanger Abbey and composed Mansfield Park, of the number & type of illustrations to be included, and CV. Emma and Persuasion. Please send a copy of either type of proposal to both the To celebrate the bicentenary of Austen’s arrival in the series editor and to the publisher at the following village, Chawton House Library invites proposals for papers addresses: on any and all aspects of her work for a conference to be held in the library and grounds. Since the 200th anniversary Jack Lynch, Department of English, Rutgers University, 360 of Austen’s birth in 1975, there has been a wealth of M. L. King Blvd., Newark, N.J., 07102. E-mail: criticism on her life and work. This conference is intended [email protected] to provide an opportunity both to take stock of recent scholarship, and to frame new directions in Austen studies. Ann Donahue, Senior Editor, Ashgate Publishing, 101 Cherry Street, Suite 420, Burlington, VT, 05401-4405 USA. Proposals of 500 words for papers or panels should be sent E-mail: [email protected] G for the attention of Dr Gillian Dow to the following address: [email protected]. The deadline for proposals is the 16 JANUARY 2009. For more information Writing the Midwest about the conference location, please see the website. G Michigan State University in East Lansing is holding a symposium for scholars and creative writers, “Writing the Midwest,” 7-9 May 2009, sponsored by the Society for the NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 19
Study of Midwestern Literature. We welcome proposals for contemporary discourses on nature; nineteenth-century individual papers, panels, films, and roundtables on ecotourism; Romantic “ecopoetics” and the politics of Midwestern literature and reading of creative work with a nature; “green” program music and tone poems; Midwestern emphasis. Please plan on fifteen minutes for sustainability, including sustainable architecture and creative and scholarly presentations. If you are a new interior design; landscape painting and nature imagery; participant, please provide an abstract, or if you are dramatic scenery; color associations and color theories; proposing to read creative work, please submit a short gardening and farming; conservation movements; and the sample of recent work. The deadline for proposals is 1 idea of the “natural” or “unnatural.” For more information, JANUARY 2009. The Society offers monetary prizes for the contact Christine Roth, Program Chair, University of best creative work and literary criticism read at the Wisconsin Oshkosh ([email protected]) G conference. Writing presented at the conference may be submitted for inclusion in one of the Society’s publications. Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies There is also a prize for student work. Scholarships to fund www.nd.edu/~incshp conference attendance are available to graduate and undergraduate students. Please submit proposals (and The Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) queries) to the program chair, Mary Obuchowski, at Conference, “The Pursuit of Happiness,” will be held at [email protected] or at 1119 Kent Dr., Mt. Pleasant, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 24-26 April 2009. MI 48858. G Following on the 2008 INCS theme, “The Emergence of Human Rights,” this conference will focus on the pursuit of happiness, that elusive corollary to life and liberty. What CONFERENCES form did happiness and the comprehension of happiness take in the nineteenth century? How, for example, did the legacy of the American and French Revolutions shape British Association for Romantic Studies nineteenth-century understandings of happiness? What www.bars.ac.uk/ were the effects of burgeoning industrialism? In keeping with the recent turn to studies of emotion, feeling, and The 11th biennial International Conference of the British affect within literary studies as well as psychology, Association for Romantic Studies (BARS), “Romantic economics, history, and philosophy, we invite papers on the Circulations,” will be held at Roehampton University, nineteenth-century contexts and genealogies for such work. London, UK, 23-26 July 2009. Some of the most productive And, in acknowledgment of our 2009 conference location. recent work on the literature and culture of the Romantic Saratoga Springs, NY, we particularly encourage papers period has explored ideas of circulation. The range of exploring Victorian pleasure-seeking as having provided scholarship influenced by this approach includes studies of popular, if contested, routes to happiness. Keynote sociability, reading, publishing, anthologizing, conversation, speakers will be Robert Frank (Cornell ), Darrin McMahon visual and verbal cultures, the history of affect, medicine (Florida State), and Adam Potkay (College of William and and disease, and colonialism and slavery. This aim of Mary). This year's conference is co-sponsored by Bard ‘Romantic Circulations’ is to investigate the transmission of College and Skidmore College. For more information, Romantic ideas, knowledge, cultural forms and literary please e-mail Deirdre d'Albertis (Bard), ([email protected]), discourses in the context of changing relations between or Barbara Black (Skidmore), ([email protected]). G artist and audience, writer and reader, producer and consumer, elite and popular, national and trans-national. Germaine de Staël: For more information, contact Currents and Cross-Currents [email protected]
Nineteenth Century Studies Association The Germaine de Staël Society for Revolutionary and Romantic Studies is holding an international symposium, www.english.uwosh.edu/roth/ncsa/ “Germaine de Staël: Currents and Cross-Currents,” scheduled for 8-10 May 2009 at Washington University in th The 30 Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century St. Louis. The event comes on the 20th anniversary of the Studies Association, “The Green Nineteenth Century,” will first international congress on Staël in America, held at be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 26-28 March 2009. The Rutgers University, “Germaine de Staël: Crossing the conference will take up different aspects of “green” studies Borders.” The conference, devoted entirely to the works of in the long nineteenth century, including, but not limited to this early multiculturalist exiled from her native France by “ecocriticism” in nineteenth-century studies; history of Napoleon, has resulted in an impressive number of studies ecological science, environmental ethics, and in various disciplines: women's studies, history, art, music, environmentalist activism; nineteenth-century studies and political science, pedagogy, language theory, and animal welfare; ecofeminist philosophy and gender politics; NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 20 translation, among many others. These contributions testify to the sustained interest in Staël's thought and to the magnitude of her influence on her era and our own modernity. It's time to survey the work of twenty years done WEBSITES in this field and to examine new paradigms for Staël studies in the 21th century. For more information, contact Reviewers Sought for New Online Review directors Karyna Szmurlo (Clemson), [email protected], or Tili Boon Cuillé (Washington), With his colleague Thomas Luxon, James Heffernan [email protected]. G (Emeritus Professor of English at Dartmouth) is hosting a conference this summer--sponsored by the Dartmouth Robert Burns 1759 to 2009 Humanities Center-- to explore the possibility of launching www.glasgow.ac.uk/robertburnsstudies/conference an online review of books on literature and literary theory. To combat the interminable delays that now stand between 2009 is the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns's birth: it the publication of a new book and its first review, this promises to be a year of celebration, and is the inspiration website will aim to assess new books within ninety days of behind Scotland's year of Homecoming. Acknowledging this their receipt by the reviewer. significant date, the Centre for Robert Buns Studies at the University of Glasgow is hosting ?Robert Burns 1759 to This review will aim to revolutionize academic reviewing by 2009,” 15-17 January 2009, a major academic conference assessing new books on nineteenth-century literature that has attracted papers from over 65 Burns scholars. The within ninety days of their publication, by inviting responses Centre's Director, Dr Gerry Carruthers, and the Associate from their authors and site visitors, and by linking key Director, Dr. Kirsteen McCue, both at the Department of words in each review to websites such as The Victorian Web Scottish Literature, are looking forward to three days of (www.victorianweb.org) and Nines(www.nines.org ). debate, provocative discussion and a sharing of ideas and information. Already there's been a lot of interest in the Sponsored and technically assisted by Dartmouth College, conference which will be busy with an audience of they plan to launch this new site by September 1, 2009. academics and Burns enthusiasts coming to Glasgow from There is now a team of fifteen editors plus an Advisory all parts of the globe. Seven plenary speakers will be in Board that includes (among others) Jerome McGann, Glasgow University, including Leith Davis (Simon Fraser), George Landow, Anne Mellor, and Frances Ferguson. More Chris Whatley (Dundee) Jon Mee (Warwick), G Ross Roy than sixty romanticists have already declared themselves (Columbia, South Carolina), Susan Manning (Edinburgh), willing to review at least one new book in their specialties Robert Crawford (St. Andrews), and Fiona Stafford (Oxford). every two years on a 90 day deadline. For registration details, programme, information and form, please visit the website. If you have any questions please With funding so far secured for just two years, this project is contact [email protected]. G an experiment (like Lyrical Ballads, one might say). But within two years the team plans to show that online reviewing can be not only prompt but also incisive, British Women Writers Conference readable, intellectually rigorous, and fully alive to the www.uiowa.edu/~englgrad/bwwc/ networks of online publication. At this point, they would simply like to know whether or not–starting in 2009–more This year's conference, “Fresh Threads of Connection,” will scholars would be willing to review at least one book in a take place at the University of Iowa, 2-5 April 2009, with chosen specialty every two years on a ninety-day deadline. keynote lectures by Alison Booth (Virginia), Lynda Joy If you would like to join this effort, please email James Sperling (Denison), and Judith Pascoe (Iowa), as well as a Heffernan ([email protected]) for further round-table presentation by Florence Boos, Shuchi Kapila, information. and Devoney Looser. In addition, the conference will include an English garden-themed exhibit which will feature ten The Journal of John Waldie eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British women writers: Margaret Cavendish, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Mary Theatre Commentaries, 1799-1830 Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Charlotte http://repositories.cdlib.org/uclalib/dsc/waldie/ Brontë, Christina Rossetti, Anna Sewell, George Eliot, and Beatrix Potter. Saturday evening's keynote by Judith Pascoe This edition has just been up-dated with the remarks on will be followed by an entertaining evening of theatrical John Waldie in the Autobiography of Lady Morgan (Sidney recitations co-sponsored by the University of Iowa's theater Owenson) and Waldie’s response. She described Waldie as and music departments. G an intrusive bore, always begging introductions to leading stage actors, including the dog performing the title role in NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 21
The Dog of Montargis (Pixérécourt’s Le Chien de Montargis, Collection, is in the Victoria University Library. Only nine 1814). Waldie was in fact eager to meet the great French complete copies of the Marriage are known to exist; copies actor, François Joseph Talma (1763-1826). While there is K, L, and M, apparently printed as autonomous pamphlets, undoubtedly some truth in her accusations, it is also join six complete copies previously published in the Archive probable that Lady Morgan felt out-classed by Waldie’s (and now republished with corrected transcriptions). fluency in French and Italian and was embarrassed by his reminders of her father’s acting career, her own humble The four plates of copy K were printed in black ink on both origins as daughter of an itinerate actor, and her early years sides of a single sheet of wove paper, folded down the as a governess before she became “Lady Morgan.” middle after printing to form two leaves. Plate 21 is in its first state and the vignette on plate 24 is missing, probably The Addenda also include a portrait of John Waldie, the masked during printing but possibly not yet executed. In Waldie estate, theatres, selected manuscript excerpts, copies L and M, plate 25 is in its first state, and thus these title-pages to the works published by his sisters, Charlotte copies were also printed very early in the production Waldie Eaton and Jane Waldie Watts. The edition is process; in copy M, the eight lines of the "Chorus" on plate transcribed from the Journal of John Waldie, Young 27 were masked during printing. The plates were printed on Research Library UCLA Special Collections. 93 volumes of single sheets folded down the middle to form pamphlets of manuscript journals and letters, including 7 volumes of two leaves. Copy L was printed in brownish-black on laid letters addressed to John Waldie, 73 volumes of the paper and copy M was printed in grayish-black on wove journal, 11 volumes on travels transcribed from the journal, paper. one volume of passports (1827-1837), and one volume with a narrative account of Waldie’s experiences at Like all the illuminated books in the Archive, the text and Antwerp and Brussels during the Battle of Waterloo and his images of Marriage copies K, L, and M are fully searchable subsequent tour through Flanders, Holland, and France. and are supported by our Inote and ImageSizer applications. With the Archive's Compare feature, users can The on-line transcription (1500 typed pages) begins with a easily juxtapose multiple impressions of any plate across biographical historical introduction, provides a selection of the different copies of this or any of the other illuminated Waldie’s commentaries on 1000 theatrical performances, books. New protocols for transcription, which produce and includes episodes of his travels and personal improved accuracy and fuller documentation in editors' encounters. notes, have been applied to all copies of Marriage in the Archive. The index provides a complete list of plays discussed with cross-references to John Genest, Some account of the With the publication of Marriage copies K, L, and M, the English Stage: from the Restoration in 1660 to 1830 , 10 Archive now contains fully searchable and scalable vols. (Bath: H.E. Carrington, 1832). The on-line site is free, electronic editions of sixty-five copies of Blake's nineteen fully accessible, searchable, downloadable. illuminated books in the context of full bibliographic information about each work, careful diplomatic Edited by Frederick Burwick transcriptions of all texts, detailed descriptions of all Assisted by Lucinda Newsome images, and extensive bibliographies. In addition to e-Scholarship Repository illuminated books, the Archive contains many important California Digital Library. manuscripts and series of engravings, sketches, and water color drawings, including Blake's illustrations to Thomas The William Blake Archive Gray's Poems, water color and engraved illustrations to Dante's Divine Comedy, the large color printed drawings of www.blakearchive.org 1795 and c. 1805, the Linnell and Butts sets of the Book of Job water colors and the sketchbook containing drawings The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the for the engraved illustrations to the Book of Job, the water publication of the electronic editions of The Marriage of color illustrations to Robert Blair's The Grave, and the water Heaven and Hell copies K, L, and M. The Archive is also color illustrations to John Milton's Paradise Regained, publishing the collection list for the Victoria University L'Allegro, and Il Penseroso, as well as the Butts and Library in Toronto and Alexander Gourlay's revised Glossary Thomas sets of illustrations to Milton's Comus, Nativity ode, of Terms, Names, and Concepts in Blake. and Paradise Lost.
Blake etched twenty-seven plates for Marriage in relief in The Blake Archive is also pleased to announce the 1790. Copy K is an early printing of plates 21-24, and publication of electronic editions of Blake’s illustrations to copies L and M are early printings of plates 25-27, "A Song John Milton’s “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity” and of Liberty." Copy K is in the Fitzwilliam Museum, copy L is in Paradise Lost. The six “Nativity Ode” water colors were the Essick Collection, and copy M, formerly in the Bentley acquired, and probably commissioned, by Thomas Butts in NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 22 about 1815. This series is now in the Huntington Library ink and lightly finished in water colors. and Art Gallery. The group of three Paradise Lost water colors was acquired, and almost certainly commissioned, Like all the illuminated books in the Archive, the text and by John Linnell in 1822. The first two designs are now in the images of Thel copies L and R are fully searchable and are National Gallery of Victoria; the third is in the Fitzwilliam supported by our Inote and ImageSizer applications. With Museum. Both sets are presented in our Preview mode, one the Archive's Compare feature, users can easily juxtapose that provides all the features of the Archive except Image multiple impressions of any plate across the different Search and Inote (our image annotation program). With this copies of this or any of the other illuminated books. New publication, the Archive now contains all nine of Blake’s protocols for transcription, which produce improved series of water colors illustrating Milton’s poetry. accuracy and fuller documentation in editors' notes, have been applied to copies L and R and to all the Thel texts Blake had created six “Nativity Ode” illustrations for the previously published. Rev. Joseph Thomas in 1809. Blake repeated the same basic designs, with many minor but intriguing variations, in With the publication of Thel copies L and R, the Archive now the Butts set presented here. When sold at auction in 1852, contains fully searchable and scalable electronic editions of the water colors were accompanied by the poem, or sixty-seven copies of Blake's nineteen illuminated books in possibly only the passages illustrated, in manuscript. This the context of full bibliographic information about each text, possibly in Blake’s hand, is now untraced. In work, careful diplomatic transcriptions of all texts, detailed comparison to the earlier series, the Butts water colors are descriptions of all images, and extensive bibliographies. In more highly finished and show careful attention to interior addition to illuminated books, the Archive contains many modeling and detailed coloring. important manuscripts and series of engravings, sketches, and water color drawings, including Blake's illustrations to Blake produced twelve Paradise Lost water colors for Thomas Gray's Poems, water color and engraved Thomas in 1807 and a similar set of twelve for Butts in illustrations to Dante's Divine Comedy, the large color 1808. It may have been Blake’s intention to execute printed drawings of 1795 and c. 1805, the Linnell and Butts another set of twelve illustrations for Linnell, but only the sets of the Book of Job water colors and the sketchbook three extant designs are known. They are based on the containing drawings for the engraved illustrations to the fourth, eighth, and eleventh illustrations in the Butts series. Book of Job, the water color illustrations to Robert Blair's In comparison to these models, the Linnell water colors The Grave, and all nine of Blake's water color series show an increased emphasis on dramatic lighting, illustrating the poetry of John Milton. particularly evident in the radiance surrounding Christ in the third design, “Michael Foretells the Crucifixion.” The Job As always, the William Blake Archive is a free site, imposing engravings, commissioned by Linnell in 1823, show a no access restrictions and charging no subscription fees. similarly masterful use of intense illumination. The site is made possible by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the cooperation of the international The Blake Archive has also published electronic editions of array of libraries and museums that have generously given copies L and R of The Book of Thel. Copy L is in the us permission to reproduce works from their collections in Huntington Library and Art Gallery and copy R is in the the Archive. Mellon Collection, Yale Center for British Art. Morris Eaves, Robert N. Essick, and Joseph Viscomi, editors The Book of Thel is dated 1789 by Blake on the title page, Ashley Reed, project manager, William Shaw, technical but the first plate (Thel's Motto) and the last (her descent editor G into the netherworld) appear to have been completed and first printed in 1790, while Blake was working on The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Copies L and R are from the first of three printings of Thel, during which Blake produced NASSR at least thirteen copies, printed in five different inks to diversify his stock. Copy L, for example, was printed in green ink, copy R in brown ink; both are lightly finished in 2008 Advisory Board water colors. Copies from this press run were certainly on MICHAEL GAMER (Pennsylvania) To Dec. ‘10 hand when Blake included the book in his advertisement NICHOLAS HALMI (Washington) To Dec. ‘08 "To the Public" of October 1793: "The Book of Thel, a Poem JILL HEYDT-STEVENSON (Colorado) To Dec. ‘09 in Illuminated Printing. Quarto, with 6 designs, price 3s." JACQUELINE LABBE (Warwick) To Dec. ‘08 Copies L and R join copies in the Archive from the other two MARK LUSSIER (Arizona State) To Dec. ‘08 printings: copy F, printed and colored c. 1795, and copy O, DEIDRE LYNCH (Toronto) To Dec. ‘09 printed and colored c. 1818. They also join copies H and J ROBERT MILES (Victoria) To Dec. ‘10 from the first printing; like copy L, both are printed in green MARC REDFIELD (Claremont Graduate) To Dec. ‘09 NASSR Newsletter / 2008, Volume 17, Number 2 / Page 23
DEBORAH ELISE WHITE (Emory) To Dec. ‘10
2009 Conference Organizers THOMAS PFAU (Duke) ROBERT MITCHELL (Duke) SRINIVAS ARAVAMUDAN (Duke) KATHY PSOMIADES (Duke) CHARLOTTE SUSSMAN (Duke)
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