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K-SAA Communications Fellows 2021-22

In 2021 we were delighted to announce that three K-SAA Communications Fellow positions would be available for the 2021-22 academic year. These Fellows assist the Director of Communications (Dr Anna Mercer) and the Vice-President (Dr Kate Singer) in engaging with, and creating online content for, academic and non-academic communities interested in the Romantic period – especially those interested in the second generat
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Gothic Women Present: Mary Shelley’s 224th Birthday Celebration

  Mary Shelley beyond ‘Frankenstein’ The ‘Gothic Women’ team invite you to our inaugural online seminar at 5pm BST on 30 August 2021, which will include three papers on the topic of ‘Mary Shelley beyond Frankenstein’. This event is free, and all are welcome. 2018 marked 200 years since the first publication of Shelley’s most famous novel, and 2023 will offer the opportunity to celebrate Frankenstein
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Autumn de Wilde’s “EMMA.”: A Roundtable

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/or in their own lives. In the first roundtable for this series, Jane Austen scholars consider director Autumn de Wilde’s 2020 adaptation of Austen’s Emma, which she entitles EMMA.. Examining the film’s visual culture, feminist and racial politics,
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Report: Black Studies & Romanticism Virtual Conference, by Stacy A. Creech

Does Romanticism Need Black Studies? by Stacy A. Creech In recent years, there has been a concerted effort recognized by academic, artistic, and educational spaces to reflect on how the field of Romanticism engages with race, racialization, and Blackness. The Romantic movement in Anglo-American literary spheres, spanning a period in eighteenth-and-nineteenth-century literary productions in Transatlantic locales, has
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Uncovering the Archive: The Digital Gooden Diaries Project

The Pennsylvania State University’s copy of the James Gooden Diaries,[1] held in PSU’s Eberly Family Special Collections Library, provides a unique look at the daily life, social concerns, and reading habits of a middle class, middle-aged British man of the Romantic era. The diaries are in fact three volumes of The Student’s Journal, printed in multiple editions for Taylor and Hessey of Fleetstreet.[2] The Journal’s
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K-SAA Interviews: Lauren Burke and Hannah K. Chapman (Bonnets at Dawn)

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/or in their own lives. In the following interview moderated by Communications Director Anna Mercer, Communications Fellow Mariam Wassif interviews Lauren Burke and Hannah K. Chapman, creators of the “Bonnets at Dawn” Podcast and authors
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K-SAA Interviews: Giuseppe Albano, Keats-Shelley House, Rome

We’re thrilled to share our latest interview with Dr Giuseppe Albano, Curator and Director of the Keats-Shelley House in Rome, Italy. Dr Albano received an MBE in 2019 for services to UK/Italy relations. He studied English literature at the University of Edinburgh, before undertaking postgraduate work at York and then Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, where he wrote his doctoral thesis on Victoria
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Poetic Reflections: A Pilgrimage to Keats’s Grave by Matthew J. Clarke

The K-SAA Poetic Reflections series invite readers to re-introduce, re-read, or reflect upon an author from the Keats-Shelley Circles. We encourage our members and followers to send in their own reactions to that reading. We welcome contributions to this series, so please do get in touch if you’d like to get involved and share your ideas with us. Today we welcome a new contributor, Matthew J. Clarke, who writes on th
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Keats’s Odes: A Q&A with Anahid Nersessian – Part II

Anahid Nersessian’s book Keats’s Odes: A Lover’s Discourse (2021) is a collection of intimate essays on Keats, love, desire, and the poet’s enduring power. We’re delighted to present an interview with the author. This post is part II of a longer interview – be sure to read part I first here.  Buy the book here! Anna Mercer: In some of the modules I teach, I give my students “creative-critical” assignments
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Keats’s Odes: A Q&A with Anahid Nersessian – Part I

Published in 2021, 200 years after John Keats’s death in Rome aged just 25, Anahid Nersessian’s book Keats’s Odes: A Lover’s Discourse is a collection of intimate essays on Keats, love, desire, and the poet’s enduring power. Today the K-SAA is delighted to present an interview with the author. Buy the book here. The book describes how Keats’s poems are “alive”, and how they address in their various ways, “love and it
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