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Keats’s Hair

Keats’s Hair Thank you to Susan Wolfson for sending us this post. Inspired by this image of the hairdressers close to Keats House (previously Wentworth Place) in Hampstead, London, she has collected together some evocative descriptions of the poet’s locks. We present this post as a late 222nd birthday celebration for the poet. He was born on 31 October 1795.   Image: Michael Wood   His hair, of a brown colo . . .
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Keats Symposium: Suzanne Barnett on Keats’s Influence on 80s New Wave, Post-Punk, and Beyond

Suzanne Barnett delivered a paper for the Roundtable on Keats’s Afterlives at the Keats Symposium, “The Emergence of Keats as a Poet,” hosted by Fordham University on October 7, 2017. Her paper addressed affinities between Keats and musical groups from the 1980s, such as Duran Duran and Adam and the Ants. Here she discusses Keats’s influence on contemporary music and why he attracts some genre . . .
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Shelley Conference: Sharon Ruston on Chemistry and the Shelleys

This week from the Shelley conference, Sharon Ruston reflects on her paper ‘Chemistry and the Shelleys’. Ruston highlights the influence of Humphry Davy on the Shelleys’ work, as well as thinking about the continued relevance of their literary investigations of science in the twenty-first century.   ‘Sir Humphry Davy, Bt’ by Thomas Phillips (1821) The influence of science on the wor . . .
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New Director of Communications

K-SAA News: New Director of Communications, Dr Anna Mercer I am delighted to be appointed as the new Director of Communications for the K-SAA. Here’s a little about me. I recently completed my AHRC-funded PhD at the University of York, UK, where I wrote my thesis on the collaborative literary relationship between Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley. This research included delving into the manuscripts of the S . . .
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Shelley Conference: Bysshe Inigo Coffey on Cancellation

Next up from the Shelley Conference, Bysshe Inigo Coffey reflects on his paper: ‘Verse Under Erasure: Shelley and the Energies of Cancellation’. Coffey explains why we should pay attention to Shelley’s cancellations and silences, before highlighting the possibilities and limitations of rhyming in Shelley’s works. Last week, Madeleine Callaghan explained how the rejected stanzas of Laon and Cythna demonstrates Shelley . . .
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Shelley Conference: M. Callaghan on Laon & Cythna’s ditched opening.

This week Madeleine Callaghan reflects on her Shelley conference paper: ‘“Sweet visions in solitude”: P. B. Shelley’s Rejected Opening of Laon and Cythna’. Callaghan discusses the centrality of Laon and Cythna’s rejected stanzas in Shelley’s wider oeuvre before highlighting their significance in relation to Shelley’s understanding of poetic responsibility. Why do you think relatively little critical attention has bee . . .
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K-SAA @ the MLA: 2018 Conference Panels

The Keats-Shelley Association of America will be hosting two conference panels at the 2018 MLA Convention. Join us for these panels as well as the K-SAA's Annual Awards Dinner on January 6. . . .
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Shelley Conference: Interview with Plenary Speaker Kelvin Everest

Kelvin Everest kicks off our latest series of blog posts on the Shelley Conference, which took place in September 2017 at the University of London. Everest reflects on his plenary lecture: “The Heart’s Echoes,” before discussing the continued political and social pertinence of Shelley’s work. Why do you think the term “echo” is so important in Shelley’s oeuvre? The onward rush of Shelley’s lif . . .
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Volume 65 (2016)

News7 Articles Four Letters by Annabella and Lucy Byron YASMIN SOLOMONESCU29 Unbelief and Sympathy in Shelley and Hogg’s Letters to Ralph Wedgwood JAMES BRYANT REEVES41 Shelley’s Grave Revisited NICHOLAS STANLEY-PRICE53 “Strange Forms”: Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Wandering Jew and St. Irvyne KIM WHEATLEY 70 Epipsychidion as a Posthumous Fragment SUZANNE L. BARNETT89 Mary Shelley and the Many Perkins JENA AL-FUHAID100 Joh . . .
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Launching Frankenreads: Interview with Neil Fraistat, Beth Dolan, and Amanda French

As the website for Frankenreads launches this week,  the creators of the project–Neil Fraistat, Beth Dolan, and Amanda French–tell us what the project entails and how you can get involved. Visit frankenreads.org to find out more! 1. How did you come up with the idea of Frankenreads? What specific experiences led each of you to pursue the project? Beth: At a 2016 board meeting, the K-SAA board of directors . . .
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