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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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Frankenreads Q&A: Cardiff University and Keats House

We continue our Frankenreads Q&A series today by presenting an interview with Dr Anna Mercer, speaker at Frankenreads at Cardiff University, and co-organiser of the Keats House event. The ‘Frankenfest’ at Cardiff University will include a screening of the 2017 film, Mary Shelley, followed by information on the Shelleys’ manuscripts, and celebrations at Keats House will include readings from the . . .
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Frankenstein Festival in Matlock Bath

This post is the first in a new series that aims to spotlight Romantic locations that are, perhaps, ‘off the beaten path’.  In this post, we visit Matlock Bath in Derbyshire, England. Matlock Bath’s origins are in the lead mining industry, which peaked in the 17th century, but the town gained popularity for its thermal springs and spa waters in the late 18th century.  The disused lead mines’ transition in . . .
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Frankenreads Q&A: University of Tokyo

We continue the Frankenreads Q&A series today by presenting an interview with Professor Nahoko Miyamoto Alvey, organizer of Frankenreads at The University of Tokyo.  The University of Tokyo’s Frankenreads schedule includes a public lecture on the ‘Power of Language and Power of Science: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein‘ to be held on November 16.  Sophia University Tokyo is also . . .
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Frankenreads Q & A, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

We continue the Frankenreads Q & A series today with a conversation with Assistant Professor Laura R. Kremmel at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, who has organized a series of unique Frankenstein celebrations this month, for both the campus and the local community in Rapid City, SD! Follow her students as they tweet about the events throughout October,  @TheMinesFranken.  What made you want to par . . .
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Reminder: Carl H. Pforzheimer Jr. Research Grants, Deadline 1 Nov

A reminder that the deadline for these awards is approaching.  The Keats-Shelley Association of America will once again award two Carl H. Pforzheimer Jr. Research Grants, each worth $3,000, to advanced graduate students, untenured faculty, or independent scholars.  The purpose of the Grants is to defray travel expenses incurred in pursuing archival and/or special-collections research related to British Romanticism an . . .
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Louisa Albani on ‘Mary Shelley’s Lost Story’ and her upcoming exhibition

The following blog post is by Louisa Albani: artist, educator, and independent publisher. Her new exhibition and pamphlet celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Maurice or the Fisher’s Cot. Do you know the tale behind this fascinating manuscript? Read more below… and if you’re in London this October, you can visit the exhibition at Keats House. Mary Shelley’s Lost . . .
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