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Keats 200 Special: Interview with Rob Shakespeare, Principal Curator at Keats House

On 23 February 1821, in a second-floor apartment overlooking Rome’s Spanish Steps, the poet John Keats died. Aged just 25, he had finally succumbed to the tuberculosis that had been threatening his health since early 1820. He never knew the profound effect his poetical works and life had on legions of people worldwide, as his fame came after his premature death. Today, two hundred years later, we celebrate the
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What Are You Reading?: Merrilees Roberts

For February’s What Are You Reading?, we spoke to Merrilees Roberts, an Independent Scholar based near London. Her work encompasses Romanticism, philosophy, psychology, poetics and literary theory, with a particular focus on Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was the subject of her doctoral thesis. She has recently published work on Prometheus Unbound in the Keats-Shelley Review, on  Shelley’s prefaces in Romantic
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The Keats Letters Project Presents: Weep for Adonais

News of a forthcoming free online event via the Keats Letters Project (KLP):  The KLP is excited to announce our 23 February event to commemorate the bicentennial of Keats’s death: “Weep for Adonais: A Collaborative Reading of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Elegy for John Keats.” Join us via Zoom at 11 pm Rome local time, 10 pm GMT, 5 pm EST. Why “11 pm Rome local time,” you ask? That̵
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K-SAA Call for Papers for MLA 2022

Romanticism and the Caribbean Challenges the Caribbean as site of Revolution and Black emancipation presents to Romanticism; how tensions register in Romantic literature; what Romantic studies should learn from centering the Caribbean.  300 word abstract and brief bio to Kerry Sinanan kerry.sinanan@utsa.edu by March 15. Full details K-SAA C
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‘The Death of Keats’ narrated by Bob Geldof: An Immersive Video from the Keats-Shelley House

‘The Death of Keats’: An Immersive Video Story from the Keats-Shelley House narrated by Bob Geldof premiering 23 February 6.30 pm This February the Keats-Shelley House will commemorate the bicentenary of John Keats’s death with the release of two immersive video experiences, both of them collaborations with legendary rock star, philanthropist, and Keats-Shelley200 Ambassador Bob Geldof. On 23 Februa
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Bigger 6 | CECS Article Prize

An announcement from the Bigger 6 Collective and CECS at York: We’re pleased to announce a prize for the best article from 2020 in Romanticism studies by an emerging scholar of colour. 2020 was a difficult year, but this prize seeks to recognize the rigorous, exciting scholarship that it generated. The article can address any topic within the field of Romanticism and we understand ’emerging’ to incl
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Uncovering the Archive – Interview with Kirsty Archer-Thompson, Collections and Interpretations Manager at Abbotsford

Although the Romantic poets lived two hundred years ago, a remarkable number of their manuscripts, belongings, and other assorted ephemera still survive and are preserved in archives and collections across the globe. Most of the time, these artefacts are tucked away in museum collections, or specially stored in boxes to preserve the delicate paper or materials used to make them. Generally only a select few are allowe
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NYT Review: Road-Tripping with Frankenstein’s Monster in ‘Maery S.’

K-SAA members and followers may be interested in this recent review in The New York Times:  Road-Tripping with Frankenstein’s Monster in ‘Maery S.’ by Maya Phillips Sibyl Kempson’s unruly audio play takes Mary Shelley and her famed creation from old England to contemporary America. In “The Securely Conferred, Vouchsafed Keepsakes of Maery S.,” an experimental, four-part radio play presented by the 7 Daughters of Eve
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K-SAA Virtual Roundtable: Toward an Anti-Racist, “Undisciplined” Romanticism, pt. 2

In this second phase of the K-SAA’s Virtual Roundtable, “Toward an Anti-Racist, “Undisciplined” Romanticism,” we convene the participants from the previous video series on Zoom for a one-hour colloquium discussion moderated by César Soto of Grace College. Note: Some portions of the audio contain crackling and distortion but only with certain speakers, so bear with us! Transcript of key questions add
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Q&A with Suzie Grogan, author of John Keats: Poetry, Life, and Landscapes

In our  “Romanticism Beyond the Academy” series, we invite literature-lovers to reflect on the significance of Romantic-era writers and ideas in the contemporary world and in their own lives. In the following interview, freelance author Suzie Grogan discusses her lifelong fascination with Keats and how it inspired her new book, John Keats: Poetry, Life & Landscapes, which will be released in January 2
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