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Ada Lovelace, Romantic from the Future: An Interview with Roger Whitson, Part II

This interview with Roger Whitson, Associate Professor of English at Washington State University, is the second of three posts celebrating Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852). Daughter of Lord and Lady Byron and regarded by many as the first computer programmer, these posts explore the current and future role of Ada Lovelace in literary studies and the classroom. The series is curated by Aaron Ottinger . . .
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Ada Lovelace, Romantic from the Future: An Interview with Roger Whitson, Part I

This interview with Roger Whitson, Associate Professor of English at Washington State University, is one of three posts celebrating Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852). Daughter of Lord and Lady Byron and regarded by many as the first computer programmer, these posts explore the current and future role of Ada Lovelace in literary studies and the classroom. The series is curated by Aaron Ottinger for th . . .
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Conference Report: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in Bologna

Today we’re thrilled to present this summary of a superb Frankenstein-themed conference in Italy. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Circuits and Circulation took place in September 2018 in Bologna. Valentina Pramaggiore reports… Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein 1818-2018: Circuits and Circulation  by Valentina Pramaggiore The two-day Joint International Conference dedicated to “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein 181 . . .
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Lest We Forget: John Keats and the War Poets

Today marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. On Armistice Day, we are grateful to share this post written by members of staff at Keats House in Hampstead to commemorate the centenary and mark the link between the War poets and John Keats.  Commemorating Remembrance Sunday 2018 and the 100th anniversary of the Armistice at Keats House     At Keats House, we observed the two-minute silence at 11am, along . . .
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Conference Report: Mary Shelley in Carrara, 2018

Today on the K-SAA Blog we are thrilled to present this post by Professor Nora Crook reporting from the Mary Shelley conference in Carrara last month.    Romantici e ribelli, Mary Godwin Shelley e gli Anglo-Italians Between Roots and Routes: il viaggio, la politica, l’Italia. Carrara, Accademia di Belle Arti, 29–30 October, 2018   Florence, Rome, Venice, Pisa, Bologna, and Naples are acknowledged hubs of Ro . . .
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#KeatsOdes2019 Competition Launches Today!

The K-SAA is launching a competition to celebrate the bicentenary of Keats’ 1819 odes.  Interested in taking part?  See below for details of the rules and prizes: What or who would Keats write an ode to in 2019?  Help us celebrate the bicentenary of Keats’ 1819 odes by contributing to our #KeatsOdes2019 caption contest. To enter, write the title and first line of an ode and send your entry to us on Twitter (@KS . . .
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‘The Romantics Reading Milton’: a Q&A with Tess Somervell

Today we present a Q&A with Dr Tess Somervell (University of Leeds) for those that missed her fascinating talk at Keats House earlier this month. Tess is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and her current research explores representations of weather and climate in georgic poetry of the long eighteenth century. Her PhD thesis focused on time in three long poems of the long eighteenth century: Milton’s Paradise . . .
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Assembling Communities – The Minds Behind Frankenreads in the Philly Inquirer

Elizabeth Dolan, Neil Fraistat, and Susan Wolfson recently spoke to the Philly Inquirer’s John Timpane about the “birth” of our own tributary monster, the Frankenreads project, which now has nearly 600 events taking place around the world next week. The three give us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the project’s origins, and a sense of what they see as the novel’s lasting impact and continuing relevance. The article c . . .
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‘What did the Gothic mean to Mary Shelley?’ Professor Angela Wright at Off the Shelf Festival

Today we offer a recap of Professor Angela Wright’s (University of Sheffield) talk, ‘Mary Shelley and the Gothic Tradition’, delivered on October 19th as part of Off the Shelf: one of the UK’s largest literary festivals. While Professor Wright’s talk contributed to the range of Off the Shelf events celebrating the bicentenary of Frankenstein, she emphasised that Mary Shelley was not a &# . . .
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Frankenreads Q&A: University of Lincoln

As October 31st approaches, we hope you’re getting excited about Frankenreads. Here’s a Q&A with Eleanor Bryan – she tells us more about the event at the University of Lincoln. Want to share details of your Frankenreads event? Get in touch! What made you want to participate in Frankenreads, and what do you think is the relevance of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel today? The inevitable and unst . . .
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