I hope to see many of you at our upcoming Members meeting, during which we’ll be discussing in detail our activities this year, which include establishing both a physical and digital archive for K-SAA; recognizing and rewarding scholarly excellence in our field; supporting the work of early career and independent scholars; performing a fundamental review of the Keats-Shelley Journal; further developing our Web and social media presence; and increasing our programs and partnerships. At our MLA dinner, we celebrated new Distinguished Scholars awardees, Pamela Clemit and William Galperin, and we awarded Mark Canuel our annual Essay Prize. We also acknowledged Stuart Curran’s enormous and continued contributions to K-SAA by renaming our annual symposium series after him. The great generosity of the Acriel Foundation has long enabled us to support the research of early career and independent scholars through annual Pforzheimer Grants, awarded in 2017 to Hrileena Ghosh (Independent Scholar) . . .
The Keats-Shelley Association of America, Inc., awards two $2,500 research grants annually. Named in honor of one of the Association’s most generous benefactors, the Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., Research Grants support the work of advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and untenured faculty. The grants provide funding for expenses related to research involving the study of British Romanticism and literary culture between 1789 and 1832, with preference given to projects involving authors and subjects covered in the Keats-Shelley Journal bibliography. The awards honor the late Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., a past President of the Keats-Shelley Association and among its most vigorous advocates. He also headed The Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation, Inc., long distinguished for funding scholarship centered on early nineteenth-century English literature. The awards are funded from an endowment established for this purpose through a generous gift from the Acriel Foundation. The a . . .
Saturday, 7 January 2017 3:30–4:45 p.m., 110A, Pennsylvania Convention Center A special session of the MLA 2017 conference Program arranged by the Keats-Shelley Association of America Presiding: Susan J. Wolfson, Princeton Univ. “1817: The Year without Habeas Corpus,” Gary R. Dyer, Cleveland State Univ. “‘Atrocious Calumny’ or ‘Liberal Criticism’? Reviewing Biographia in 1817,” Charles Waite Mahoney, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs “1817: The Birth of the Cockney,” Christine Marie Woody, Univ. of Pennsylvania Respondent: William H. Galperin, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick . . .
Below is a link to a special session at the MLA 2017 conference. It should be of interest to the K-SAA community. Pamela Clemit presiding. Until the last two decades of the twentieth century, the canon of British Romantic authors installed by the Victorians looked fixed, though its boundaries were constantly debated. It gave primacy to the ‘big six’ poets — Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Byron, Keats, and Shelley — the most significant modern adjustment being the replacement of Sir Walter Scott by the tradesman-class visionary Blake. Things could not go on like that for much longer. Since the 1980s, there has been recovery, recontextualization, and rehistoricization of both established and previously little-known authors on a grand scale. Many new texts have appeared in the classroom. Study of the literary past continues to yield a constant stream of discoveries, providing evidence and new angles of interpretation which disturb existing certitudes. The subject of this session is work in . . .
On June 14 and 15, the Brocher Foundation, Arizona State University, Duke University, and the University of Lausanne will host “Frankenstein’s Shadow,” a symposium in Geneva, Switzerland to commemorate the origin of Frankenstein and assess its influence in different times and cultures. The Center for Science and Imagination at Arizona State University is accepting applications to sponsor one scholar to participate in the event. All allowable, workshop-related travel expenses (e.g., economy round-trip airfare, 2-3 nights in the symposium hotel, transfers, and meals) will be covered. Additionally, all the pertinent information, including a link to apply, can be found at http://frankenstein.asu.edu/apply/. . . .
The Shelley Godwin Archive has just announced the release of P.B. Shelley's Prometheus Unbound fair copy notebooks, consisting of Bodleian MSS. Shelley e.1, e.2, and e.3. Details about the new publication can be found in Neil Fraistat's press release. . . .
As part of the Romantics 200 conference arc of bicentenary events organized by the Keats-Shelley Association of America and the Byron Society of America, the Keats-Shelley Association’s session at next year’s MLA will be on the literary events of 1817 from the perspective of 2017. We invite short papers or detailed proposals for a 20-minute talk (no more than 10 pages, double-spaced TNR). In this year between the inception of Frankenstein and its publication, we are interested in the 1817 literary world, from its in-the-moment events, its works-in-progress, and publications to the way 1817 figures into literary histories two hundred years on. Keats’s first volume, Poems, for instance, was a dud in 1817, or coterie-cause at best. But in the retrospect of Keats’s subsequent fame/esteem … What else was going on in 1817? Byron publishes The Lament of Tasso and Manfred, Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are published posthumously, along with th . . .
In this letter, K-SAA President Stuart Curran announces new discounts for graduate students and unaffiliated scholars to encourage them to take part in the annual awards dinner at the MLA convention.
He also announces a brand new initiative, "Romantic Bicentennials," which will consist of a series of symposia and other commemorative events. The initiative is co-sponsored by the Byron Society of America. . . .
he Bodleian Library has purchased the unique copy of Shelley’s Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things, printed while he was a student at Oxford in 1811 and held under wraps since it came to light in 2006. It will be on display at the library beginning next Saturday. From its tantalizing state of being known but incomunicado, it has now, thanks to the Bodleian, been made universally accessible: the URL is http://poeticalessay.bodleian.ox.ac.uk. . . .
A Concert for the Keats-Shelley House on Thursday 28th May at 7.30pm Santa Maria del Priorato.
A rare opportunity to experience a suite of songs which together attest to the influence of Italy on the minds and hearts of the Romantic poets. All proceeds will go directly to the Keats-Shelley House, an internationally treasured museum and library that receives no public funding from either the UK or from Italy. . . .
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