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Highlights from SAMLA

This November, the K-SAA supported a session at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s Conference, entitled: ‘Romanticism and Popular Culture’. Session organizer, Ben Robertson, fills us in on how the session went.   (From left to right: Arif Camoglu, Jamie Watson, and Tina Iemma.) The Keats-Shelley Association of America sponsored an affiliated session for the fifth consecutive year . . .
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Shelley Conference: Daniel Westwood on Shelley’s Approach to Dialogue

This week’s Q+A is with Daniel Westwood, who speaks to us about his paper from the Shelley Conference: ‘“A maze of light and life”: Artistry and Ideology in Rosalind and Helen and Julian and Maddalo’ . Westwood reflects upon the important relationship that Rosalind and Helen shares with Julian and Maddalo, before expanding upon the centrality of debate and conversation in Shelley’s poetic thought.   . . .
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Join the K-SAA or Renew your Membership for 2018

Membership of the K-SAA is open to all. It includes a subscription to the Keats-Shelley Journal. Our journal, first published in 1952, contains articles on John Keats, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, Leigh Hunt, and their circles of mutual influence and context – as well as news and notes, book reviews, and a current bibliography. Members also receive mailings including invitations to special events, and rat . . .
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Shelley Conference: Interview with Plenary Speaker Nora Crook

This week’s Shelley conference Q+A is with plenary speaker Nora Crook, who discusses her lecture: ‘Mary Shelley’s Editing of Percy Bysshe Shelley’. Crook expands upon the idea of Mary’s ‘posthumous collaboration’ with Percy, as well as reflecting upon her own experience of editing Percy’s works. Crook speaking at the Shelley Conference at Senate House, London, Universit . . .
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A Letter from the President

I’d like to take this occasion to highlight some of the wide-ranging activities of K-SAA and to ask again for your support and engaged participation, beginning with renewing your membership and joining us at MLA. As always, at MLA we will be celebrating outstanding work in our field, with an Essay Prize and Distinguished Scholar Awards at our annual dinner. Please join us in honoring our newest Distinguished Scholars . . .
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Keats’s Hair

Keats’s Hair Thank you to Susan Wolfson for sending us this post. Inspired by this image of the hairdressers close to Keats House (previously Wentworth Place) in Hampstead, London, she has collected together some evocative descriptions of the poet’s locks. We present this post as a late 222nd birthday celebration for the poet. He was born on 31 October 1795.   Image: Michael Wood   His hair, of a brown colo . . .
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Keats Symposium: Suzanne Barnett on Keats’s Influence on 80s New Wave, Post-Punk, and Beyond

Suzanne Barnett delivered a paper for the Roundtable on Keats’s Afterlives at the Keats Symposium, “The Emergence of Keats as a Poet,” hosted by Fordham University on October 7, 2017. Her paper addressed affinities between Keats and musical groups from the 1980s, such as Duran Duran and Adam and the Ants. Here she discusses Keats’s influence on contemporary music and why he attracts some genre . . .
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Shelley Conference: Sharon Ruston on Chemistry and the Shelleys

This week from the Shelley conference, Sharon Ruston reflects on her paper ‘Chemistry and the Shelleys’. Ruston highlights the influence of Humphry Davy on the Shelleys’ work, as well as thinking about the continued relevance of their literary investigations of science in the twenty-first century.   ‘Sir Humphry Davy, Bt’ by Thomas Phillips (1821) The influence of science on the wor . . .
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New Director of Communications

K-SAA News: New Director of Communications, Dr Anna Mercer I am delighted to be appointed as the new Director of Communications for the K-SAA. Here’s a little about me. I recently completed my AHRC-funded PhD at the University of York, UK, where I wrote my thesis on the collaborative literary relationship between Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley. This research included delving into the manuscripts of the S . . .
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Shelley Conference: Bysshe Inigo Coffey on Cancellation

Next up from the Shelley Conference, Bysshe Inigo Coffey reflects on his paper: ‘Verse Under Erasure: Shelley and the Energies of Cancellation’. Coffey explains why we should pay attention to Shelley’s cancellations and silences, before highlighting the possibilities and limitations of rhyming in Shelley’s works. Last week, Madeleine Callaghan explained how the rejected stanzas of Laon and Cythna demonstrates Shelley . . .
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