In this letter, Neil Fraistat, President of the K-SAA, offers updates on recent happenings in the organization, including upcoming events at the 2017 MLA convention and K-SAA's role in the "Romantic Bicentennials" initiative. . . .
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. . . .
The International Association of Byron Societies (IABS) has unveiled a new Web site. Along with a fresh design, the site contains information and links about Lord Byron, the IABS' member organizations, conference announcements, and news. . . .
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