The Alliance of Literary Societies (ALS) is the umbrella organisation for literary societies/groups in the UK. The alliance was formed in 1973 and currently has around 125 members. They provide support and advice on a variety of literary subjects, as well as promoting cooperation between member societies.
The British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) is the UK’s leading national organization for promoting the study of Romanticism. With over 400 members worldwide, BARS acts as a hub for scholarship by supporting conferences, disseminating news and events, providing bursaries and prizes to early career researchers, publishing a Bulletin, and establishing links with sister organizations. It also provides a voice for the subject area both within and beyond higher education. Its flagship events are biennial international conferences which are addressed by leading figures in the field of Romantic Studies and at which over one hundred scholars generally give papers. The BARS Blog also has a useful list of online resources.
The Byron Society was re-founded in London on 22nd January 1971 through the energies of a number of well-known Byronists, especially Elma Dangerfield CBE. In 1974, they held their first organised international conference. Since then, they have had a conference every year.
The International Association of Byron Societies is a federation of societies and associations worldwide devoted to Lord Byron. The association’s Website contains a timeline of Byron’s life, a biography, links to works by Byron on the Web, book reviews and many other resources related to Byron.
The International Conference on Romanticism was formally founded in 1991 after many years of discussion. The society was founded by a group of scholars from America and abroad and was incorporated as a non-profit scholarly entity in 1993. The ICR is a learned society that seeks to promote, maintain, and improve teaching, research, and related endeavors in the field of Romanticism studies, and to facilitate communication among scholars and teachers through annual meetings and publications.
Keats House is where the poet John Keats lived from 1818 to 1820, and is the setting that inspired some of his most memorable poetry. Here, Keats wrote ‘Ode to a Nightingale’, and fell in love with Fanny Brawne, the girl next door. It was from this house that he travelled to Rome, where he died of tuberculosis aged just 25.
The Keats-Shelley House (26 Piazza di Spagna) is most famous for being the final dwelling place of John Keats, who died here in 1821, aged just 25, and to this day Keats’s bedroom is preserved as a shrine to his tragic story and extraordinary talent. Displayed through a chain of beautiful rooms, the museum’s collection contains a great many treasures and curiosities associated with the lives and works of the Romantic poets, as well as one of the finest libraries of Romantic literature in the world.
The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association was formed in 1903, with the support of King Edward VII, King Vittorio Emmanuele III and President ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt. The Museum was opened in 1909. Apart from maintaining the Keats-Shelley Memorial House, the Association is responsible for the upkeep of the graves of Keats and Shelley in the non-Catholic Cemetery at Testaccio. It also publishes the biannual Keats-Shelley Review and awards an annual Keats-Shelley Prize for exemplary essays and poems on Romantic themes.
The Mary Wollstonecraft Fellowship is a literary society dedicated to appreciation of the writings of Wollstonecraft, and to study of her life, times and circle. Membership is open to everyone with an interest in Mary Wollstonecraft and her legacy: scholars, enthusiasts, students and activists. It aims to encourage new research and the exchange of ideas by producing a regular newsletter and organising events, including a monthly reading group (which during 2019 met in London, and in 2020 will be meeting online), an annual event on the anniversary of her birth. Use the link above to join the mailing list. If you are interested in becoming involved as a member of the organising committee, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The New York City Romanticism Group was founded by Sarah Zimmerman and John Bugg at Fordham University in 2008 to bring together scholars in the New York City area who work on the literature and culture of the Romantic period. With the support of Fordham University, the NYCRG hosts guest speakers, sponsors colloquia, and organizes conference panels in order to forge links between students and scholars in the New York City area and beyond it, in the field’s international community.
New York Romanticists’ Friendly Society (NYRFS)
Open to anyone interested in Romanticism, this group was founded in 2008. It meets twice a year at the Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle at the New York Public Library (Room 319) to hear a talk from a local or visiting Romantic scholar, often illustrated with items from the collection. Afterwards, those who are inclined repair to a local restaurant for dinner. To be placed on the mailing list, write to elizabethdenlinger [at] nypl [dot] org.
The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is an interdisciplinary association for the study of nineteenth-century world cultures. Founded in 1979 as a forum to encourage interdisciplinary exchange, the membership has grown to include scholars whose disciplinary focus ranges from art, architecture, and literature to religious, scientific, and legal writing, to social, political, and economic debate.
The North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) was founded at the University of Western Ontario in 1991 by a group of faculty members and graduate students. NASSR was established to provide a forum for the discussion of a wide variety of theoretical approaches to Romantic works of all genres and disciplines.
NASSR sponsors regular conferences on subjects relevant to the international and interdisciplinary study of Romanticism.
In 1973, the Byron Society started the Byron Journal, which is published twice a year, and which all members receive free.
Published by the International Conference on Romanticism, Essays in Romanticism (formerly Prism(s): Essays in Romanticism) is the first scholarly journal specifically devoted to the interdisciplinary and cross-linguistic study of Romanticism.
European Romantic Review (ERR) is published six times per year and is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of literature, history, philosophy and art. Each year, it publishes a NASSR Conference Issue. All NASSR members receive ERR as one of the benefits of membership.
Published by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association, The Keats-Shelley Review is published biannually.
Published by the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, Nineteenth Century Studies is an interdisciplinary scholarly journal published annually.
Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN) is an International e-Journal devoted to British Nineteenth-Century Literature (ISSN 1916-1441). The journal was founded by Michael Eberle-Sinatra as Romanticism on the Net in February 1996. It expanded its scope in August 2007 to include Victorian literature.
The Romantic Circles Praxis Series (RCPS) is devoted to using computer technologies to investigate critically the languages, cultures, histories, and theories of Romanticism. RCPS is committed to mapping out this terrain with the best and most exciting critical writing of contemporary Romanticist scholarship.
Studies in Romanticism was founded in 1961 by David Bonnell Green at a time when it was still possible to wonder whether “romanticism” was a term worth theorizing (as Morse Peckham deliberated in the first essay of the first number). It seemed that it was, and, ever since, SiR (as it is known to abbreviation) has flourished under a fine succession of editors: Edwin Silverman, W. H. Stevenson, Charles Stone III, Michael Cooke, Morton Paley, David Wagenknecht (1978-2010), and Charles Rzepka.
The Wordsworth Circle is an international quarterly learned journal founded in 1970 to publish contemporary studies of literature, culture, and society primarily in England during the Romantic period from about 1760 to 1850. Directed toward scholars, critics, and students, it focuses on the lives, works and times of such writers as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Hazlitt, DeQuincey, Lamb, Southey, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Scott, Jane Austen, minor and popular writers such as Beattie, Maria Edgeworth , Leigh Hunt, John Clare, and James Hogg.
BRANCH provides users with a free, expansive, searchable, reliable, peer-reviewed, copy-edited, easy-to-use overview of the period 1775-1925. Unlike dry chronologies that simply list dates with minimal information about the many noteworthy events of a given year, BRANCH offers a compilation of a myriad of short articles on not only high politics and military history but also “low” or quotidian histories (architecture design, commercial history, marginal figures of note, and so on).
The British Women Romantic Poet’s Project is producing an online scholarly archive consisting of E-text editions of poetry by British and Irish women written (not necessarily published) between 1789 (the onset of the French Revolution) and 1832 (the passage of the Reform Act), a period traditionally known in English literary history as the Romantic period.
The Harvard Keats Collection (Houghton Library)
The Harvard Keats Collection has grown to the largest collection of Keats manuscript material in the world, preserving nearly three-quarters of his surviving autograph poetry, and, with 86 autograph and 24 unique transcript letters, the largest single collection of Keats’s correspondence.
The Keats Letters Project is the first large-scale study of the letters of John Keats. The KLP website publishes each of Keats’ letters on the bicentenary of when originally written by the poet. Each letter is accompanied by a short commentary, critical or creative, which aims to shed new light on Keats’ epistles.
Keats’s annotated copy of Milton’s Paradise Lost (2 vols., 1807), edited by Daniel Johnson, Beth Lau, and Greg Kucich. The edition features page scans of Keats’s book, showing the entirety of the poem and all of Keats’s notes and markings. The viewer can zoom in for closer inspection and rotate pages to follow Keats’s writing around the margins. Each page scan is accompanied by transcriptions of the corresponding lines of Milton’s poem, Keats’s underscoring and vertical marginal lines, and Keats’s notes. Users can move from page to page, note to note, book to book of Paradise Lost, and from one volume of Keats’s edition to the other. The site also includes a scholarly introduction, bibliography on Keats and Milton, and editorial notes. The digital edition of Keats’s Paradise Lost makes widely available this valuable source of information about Keats’s reading practices and response to Milton’s epic poem.
Keats-Shelley House – Online Collections Archive (Keats-Shelley Memorial Association)
The Keats-Shelley House website for their online digital collections, which bring together for the first time the museum’s significant collection of some four hundred autograph manuscripts, as well as the museum’s collection of artworks and relics pertaining to the world’s greatest Romantic poets.
Leigh Hunt Online: The Letters (University of Iowa Libraries)
Hunt’s extensive correspondence reveals an intimate knowledge of literary, artistic, political, and religious ideas circulating in the first half of nineteenth-century Britain. This digital collection aims to make both facsimile images and word-searchable transcripts of approximately 1,600 letters written by Hunt and his acquaintances available to scholars and the interested public.
NINES (Federated scholarly research group)
NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) is a scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first. The NINES Collex interface is at the center of these efforts. It aims to gather the best scholarly resources in the field and make them fully searchable and interoperable; and to provide an online collecting and authoring space in which researchers can create and publish their own work.
Romantic Chronology (ed. Laura Mandell and Alan Liu)
The Romantic Chronology is a dynamic, database-driven chronology of the Romantic Period. It began as a collaborative project between Alan Liu, Laura Mandell, and three graduate students in the English Department at U. California, Santa Barbara. The site has recently been archived as a set of static html pages and is no longer in development.
Romantic Circles is a refereed scholarly Website devoted to the study of Romantic-period literature and culture. Major sections of the site include “Electronic Editions” (an archive of Romantic-era texts), “Praxis Series” (A peer-reviewed series of volumes of literary criticism), “Scholarly Resources” (research tools including bibliographies, indexes and concordances, chronologies, and other miscellaneous resources), “Pedagogies” (teaching materials including a peer-reviewed journal entitled “Romantic Pedagogy Commons,” a pedagogical blog, online syllabi, and other teaching tools), and “Reviews” of current Romantic scholarship. It is published by the University of Maryland and supported, in part, by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), and the English Departments of Loyola University of Chicago and the University of Maryland.
Funded by a Grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Shelley-Godwin Archive is a digital resource comprising works of Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Currently under development, the project is a collaboration among The New York Public Library (NYPL), the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, the Houghton Library of Harvard University, the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, and the British Library. With the Archive’s creation, manuscripts and early editions of these writers will be made freely available to the public through an innovative framework constituting a new model of best practice for research libraries.
Shelley’s Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things (Bodleian Library)
In November 2015 the Bodleian Libraries acquired its 12 millionth printed book: a unique copy of a pamphlet entitled Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things, written by ‘a Gentleman of the University of Oxford’ and printed in 1811. The pamphlet was the work of Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822), then a student at Oxford University, and now recognised as one of the great English poets of the 19th century. The acquisition is a momentous event for the public, for scholars, the University and the Bodleian Libraries. Known to have been published by Shelley in 1811 but lost until recently, Shelley’s Poetical Essay is, thanks to the generosity of a benefactor, now freely available to all in digitized form.
Voice of the Shuttle: Romantics (by Alan Liu)
The Voice of the Shuttle began in late 1994 as an introduction to the Web for humanists at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Its mission has been to provide a structured and briefly annotated guide to online resources that at once respects the established humanities disciplines in their professional organization and points toward the transformation of those disciplines as they interact with the sciences and social sciences and with new digital media.
The William Blake Archive now contains fully searchable and scalable electronic editions of many copies of all of Blake’s 19 illuminated works in the context of full, up-to-date bibliographic information about each image, scrupulous “diplomatic” transcriptions of all texts, detailed descriptions of all images, extensive bibliographies, a searchable electronic version of the standard printed edition, and other essential scholarly information, plus a steadily growing representation of Blake’s works in other artistic media.
This project has sought to code William Godwin’s diary so as to retain the richness and diversity of the information. Each element in a day’s entry has been coded so as to distinguish what Godwin read, what he wrote, whom he saw, where he saw them, in what activities or meals they shared, and where he went. It is possible, then, to search for dates, for particular people, for activities, for texts written or read, for events attended, and so on.
Women Romantic-Era Writers page (by Adriana Craciun)
Women Romantic Era Writers collects texts and contextual materials from across the Web that related to women writers of the Romantic era.
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