BARS Digital Event: ‘The Late Mary Shelley’

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News of an extra Digital Event for February 2021 – book your tickets here!

‘The Late Mary Shelley’

18 February 2021 

5-6.30pm GMT 

Chair: Amanda Blake Davis 

Speakers: Antonella Braida (Université de Lorraine), Kathleen Hurlock (University of Georgia), Michael Rossington (Newcastle University), Angela Wright (University of Sheffield), Carly Yingst (Harvard University)  

The British Association for Romantic Studies is delighted to welcome you to the fifth session of our Digital Events series: ‘The Late Mary Shelley’. Please join us on Thursday 18 February at 5pm GMT on Zoom for a roundtable discussion between Dr Antonella Braida, Kathleen Hurlock, Professor Michael Rossington, Professor Angela Wright, and Carly Yingst, chaired by Dr Amanda Blake Davis. During the session, our guests will belatedly mark the anniversary of Mary Shelley’s death on February 1st by discussing her later life, works, and legacy, celebrating Shelley’s many achievements beyond and after Frankenstein. After this, the audience will be invited to take part in a moderated Q&A session.  

Antonella Braida is Lecturer in English in the Department of Computer Studies at the Université de Lorraine and member of the research centre IDEA (Interdisciplinarity in English Studies). Her publications include a monograph, Dante and the Romantics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), and an edited collection, Mary Shelley in Europe: Essays in Honour of Jean de Palacio (Legenda, 2020). In 2016 she organised a symposium on Mary Shelley’s works and their European reception, and she is currently working on a volume on the representation of Italy by women writers in the 1820s. 

Kathleen Hurlock is a PhD student in English at the University of Georgia with research interests in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and a specialisation in depictions of trauma and recovery in British women’s fiction from the late eighteenth-century to the nineteenth-century. She completed her MA dissertation on Mary Shelley’s Mathilda, and she has written on Mathilda for the Keats-Shelley Association of America’s Blog (2019). Kathleen’s forthcoming publications include entries on the ‘matrix of intelligibility’ and ‘psychoanalytic theory’ in the Encyclopedia of Queer Studies in Education (Brill | Sense) and an essay on The Victim of Prejudice in an edited collection about Romantic women writers and sexuality. 

Michael Rossington is Professor of Romantic Literature at Newcastle University. He is joint general editor of the Longman Annotated English Poets series (Routledge), an editor of The Poems of Shelley, and editor of the Oxford World’s Classics edition of Mary Shelley’s Valperga (Oxford University Press, 2000). He has published widely on the Shelleys, including a chapter on Valperga in Mary Shelley in Her Times (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000) and a chapter on Mary Shelley as editor in Mary Shelley in Europe (Legenda, 2020). 

Angela Wright is Professor of Romantic Literature at the University of Sheffield. She is the author of numerous publications on Romantic women’s writing and on Romanticism and the Gothic, including Britain, France and the Gothic, 1764-1820: The Import of Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and her most recent monograph, Mary Shelley (University of Wales Press, 2018). She is joint general editor of Volumes One and Two of The Cambridge History of the Gothic (Cambridge University Press, 2020-) with Dale Townshend, and has also co-edited Romantic Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) and Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic (Cambridge University Press, 2014) both with Dale Townshend. With Professor Michael Gamer, she is now working upon the first edition of The Complete Works of Ann Radcliffe for Cambridge University Press, where she will also be volume editor for Radcliffe’s fourth romance The Mysteries of Udolpho

Carly Yingst is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at Harvard University with research interests in eighteenth-century and Romantic literature. Her dissertation, Unsettling Time in the British Novel, 1720-1830, reconsiders the early novel’s relation to changing conceptions of time in modernity, with a concluding chapter on Mary Shelley’s writings in the 1820s, including The Last Man and Valperga as well as Shelley’s journals and letters. Carly is a former Communications Fellow for the Keats-Shelley Association of America and co-coordinator of the Long Eighteenth Century and Romanticism Colloquium at Harvard. 

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