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Melmoth’s Afterlives: Romantic Bicentennials

Wednesday 14 October 2020 – Wednesday 18 November 2020 Hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University and in affiliation with the ‘Romantic Bicentennials’ initiative, Melmoth’s Afterlives celebrates the bicentenary of the publication of Charles Robert Maturin’s Melmoth the Wanderer (1820). An elusive and demanding text, Melmoth is nonetheless a significant one. Engaging an eclectic range of Romantic fictional genres, i
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CFP: Black Studies & Romanticism Virtual Conference 

CFP Black Studies & Romanticism Virtual Conference  Sponsored by the Mount Holyoke English Department & the Critical Social Thought Program June 24-25, 2021 Hortense Spillers suggests that a new “grammar” for thinking and instigating Black liberation from white history is necessary. With this conference we offer a platform, one virtual but intimate, for people interested in seeking what new grammars we in the
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New Book- Dangerous to Show: Byron and His Portraits

Press Release Dangerous to Show: Byron and His Portraits Geoffrey Bond and Christine Kenyon Jones Published October 2020,Hardback, £25 ‘Don’t look at him. He is dangerous to look at,’ Lady Liddell instructed her daughter on seeing Byron in Rome in 1817. Handsome, charismatic, and allegedly ‘mad – bad – and dangerous to know’, Romantic poet Lord Byron (1788-1824) was the world’s first modern celebrity, and this book i
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Poetic Reflections: Maddy Mikinski on why Mary Shelley thinks you should give up

Poetic Reflections is a new K-SAA blog series which focuses on the ways in which we interpret Romantic poetry and fiction in the twenty-first century. We welcome contributions, so please do get in touch if you’d like to get involved and share your ideas with us and our members. In this reflective blog, Maddy Mikinski details how Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has helped her through the pandemic.  Virginia Woolf wa
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What Are You Reading? Special: An Interview with Kate Singer

The K-SAA is grateful to all the excellent contributors to the ‘What Are You Reading?’ series on the Blog so far! We hope you are enjoying these interviews. Today, we present a special Q&A with Kate Singer (Associate Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and K-SAA Secretary) to mark the publication of her monograph Romantic Vacancy: The Poetics of Gender, Affect, and Radical Speculation. Described by crit
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K-SAA Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr. Research Grants 2020

A message from Professor Grant Scott, K-SAA Board of Directors and Pforzheimer Grants Administrator: Dear Colleagues, I write to announce that as in previous years the Keats-Shelley Association of America will award two Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr. Research Grants of $3,000 each to advanced graduate students, untenured faculty, or independent scholars. The purpose of the Grants is to defray travel expenses incurred in pu
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“Race, Pedagogy, and Whiteness in the Long 18c: A Teach-In”

In our “Rethinking Romanticism” series, we ask leading scholars to propose new directions toward building inclusive and anti-racist fields of study. The Teach-In summarized here took place on August 6th, 2020, as professors of the long eighteenth century at a number of U.S. Universities prepared to begin the semester. We found the content and approach very helpful, and we hope you will too.  Organizers: Shelby Johnso
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Call for Papers: Gothic in a Time of Contagion, Populism, and Racial Injustice

CALL FOR PAPERS: Gothic in a Time of Contagion, Populism and Racial Injustice A Gothic-Without-Borders Conference in March 2021, fully online, hosted by the Department of World Languages and Literatures (WLL) at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Vancouver, Canada, coordinated by the SFU Center for Educational Excellence (CEE), and co-sponsored by the International Gothic Association (IGA) and others.  Deadline for propo
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Call for Proposals- “Discovery”: The 42nd Annual Virtual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association

DISCOVERY The 42nd Annual Virtual Conference Nineteenth Century Studies Association March 11-13, 2021 Proposal Deadline: October 31, 2020 Website: https://ncsaweb.net/current-conference-2021-cfp/ NCSA welcomes proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, and special sessions that explore our theme of “Discovery” in the long nineteenth century (1789-1914). Scholars are invited to interrogate the trope of “discovery” by
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Review: The Fall of the House of Byron by Emily Brand

Here at K-SAA we love a good book. Luckily for us, so does Sarah Dent, who has reviewed for the blog Emily Brand’s game-changing family study of the Byrons. Here Sarah gives us an insight into the exploits of Lord Byron’s ancestors, including naval heroics, advice for young ladies, and rebellion… George Gordon, 6th Baron Byron was one of the most notorious literary figures of the early nineteenth ce
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