The Keats-Shelley Association of America (K-SAA) emerged from a coalition of scholars, critics, bibliophiles, editors, students, teachers – all engaged with the brilliant accomplishments of Keats and Shelley and, more practically, working to purchase and endow the maintenance of the Keats House in Rome (26 Piazza di Spagna, where Keats lived his last months), and provide ongoing care of the poets’ graves in Rome’s Protestant Cemetery. In 1949 the American Committee was incorporated as the Keats-Shelley Association of America.
In 1952, The K-SAA launched The Keats-Shelley Journal, to publish scholarship on Keats, Shelley, and their immediate circles. Now widened to include work on many others writing amid the cultural and literary excitement of the first decades of the nineteenth century, this annual has become known for its stimulating critical and interpretive essays, informative news and notes, as well as a distinctive bibliography of the year’s work on the younger Romantics. Membership of the K-SAA includes a subscription.
At the annual convention of the Modern Language Association, the K-SAA organizes panels on current work in Romanticism. We also come together as a community at our famously convivial banquet, to celebrate our Distinguished Scholar recipients, to present an award for the best new essay in Romantic studies, and to honor the winners of the Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., Research Grants, which help graduate students, early-career professors, and independent scholars pursue research in archives and collections.
Our own conferences and events draw scholars and students, teachers and readers, from all over the world: the Percy Shelley Bicentennial Conference in 1992 at the New York Public Library and the City University of New York; the Keats Bicentennial Conference at Harvard University in 1995; the Mary Shelley Bicentennial Conference at CUNY 1997; a panel discussion and special advance screening of Jane Campion’s Bright Star at Lincoln Center in 2009; a colloquium at Fordham, Lincoln Center on “The Literary Regency” in 2011, and again at Fordham in 2013, a symposium on manuscripts in the digital age.
Our association manages a unique Mentoring Program to connect early-career scholars of Romanticism with experienced and generous colleagues. We collaborate with other associations to sustain and stimulate interest both within and outside the academy in the extraordinary generations of writers of the Romantic era, to foster literary study and a knowledge of literary history more broadly, and to advocate for the vital importance of the humanities in our world today.