You are warmly invited to join us on Friday 1 March for the next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar, which will be a book launch for The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism, edited by our London Director, David Duff. Published by Oxford University Press, the Handbook brings together 46 specially commissioned essays by leading Romantic scholars from around the world, a number of whom will be joining us for this occasion. The event will begin with brief talks by the editor and other contributors about the aims of the Handbook and the new research it contains. This will be followed by questions and discussion and an extended wine reception with nibbles and canapés.
The event will take place in Room 349 (third floor) at Senate House, University of London, starting at 5.30pm. As with all our events, this event is free and open to everyone, including postgraduates and members of the public. If you would like to attend, please sign up for a free ticket on Eventbrite by clicking here. This will allow us to monitor numbers for catering purposes.
The publisher writes:
‘The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism offers a comprehensive guide to the …read more
The London Victorian Studies Colloquium is an annual residential colloquium for postgraduates and postdocs working in Victorian Studies, to be held at Royal Holloway Centre for Victorian Studies, from 26-27th April, 2019.
This is a relatively informal weekend of postgraduate papers, plenary talks, and training and professionalisation workshops, allowing generous space also for participants to socialise and study in the beautiful surroundings of the college. We hope to include a viewing of the Victorian art collection in the Royal Holloway picture gallery.
This year’s event will include:
Plenary talks from Dr Carol Jacobi (Curator of British Art, 1850-1915, Tate Britain) and Dr Helen Goodman (Bath Spa University)
Research Beyond the Article with Professor Redell Olsen (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr Joanna Taylor (University of Manchester)
Panel Discussion on Academic Careers and the Place of ECRs in the University
Training in Nineteenth-Century Collections and Designing Innovative Teaching
Participants do not have to present a paper but we will be looking for a small number of speakers to give short papers (20 minutes) on any topic. For details of the CFP, please see below.
Supporting postgraduates and early career researchers has always been an important part of the remit of the British Association for Romantic Studies. We are currently looking for a postgraduate student willing to join the Executive in order to represent our postgraduate members and students in the field more generally.
The Postgraduate Representative serves for a term of two years (renewable according to the status of their studies – often, people go on to serve as Early Career Representative). During their term, they will attend four Executive meetings and have the opportunity to co-organise special postgraduate events at the BARS International Conferences. They will also work with the current postgraduate representative, Paul Stephens, to organise the next biennial Early Career and Postgraduate Conference, due to be held in 2020 and announced later this year.
The position offers valuable experience of conference organisation, together with excellent networking opportunities. Most importantly, it offers the chance to help shape the Romantic Studies postgraduate community by feeding in to the Executive’s discussions and launching new initiatives to support postgraduates in the field. The post is unpaid, but any travel expenses incurred are met by the Association.
The next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will be held on Friday 8 February in Room G37 (ground floor) at Senate House, University of London, starting at 5.30. As our distinguished guest speaker, we are delighted to welcome Professor Tom Mole of the University of Edinburgh, who will present a paper entitled Byron and the Difficulty of Beginning. This will be followed by a discussion and wine reception. The event is free and open to everyone, including postgraduates and members of the public.
Tom Mole is Professor of English Literature and Book History at the University of Edinburgh, where he is Director of the Centre for the History of the Book. He is the author of Byron’s Romantic Celebrity (2007), and (with Michelle Levy) of The Broadview Introduction to Book History (2017). His most recent book What the Victorians Made of Romanticism (2017) won the Saltire Society Research Book Prize, the Dorothy Lee Award from the Media Ecology Association, and was highly commended for the DeLong Prize from the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing.
Regarding the topic of his talk, Tom writes:
“When Byron sat down to start writing Don Juan …read more
Illustration Studies: New Approaches, New Directions
The Sixth ILLUSTR4TIO Conference
22-24 April 2020
Luisa Calè (Birkbeck, University of London)
Julia Thomas (Cardiff University)
Co-organisers: Christina Ionescu (Mount Allison University, Canada) and Ann Lewis (Birkbeck, University of London)
Illustration Studies has, in recent years, emerged as a new and vibrant discipline with its own journals, book series, conferences, websites, and research networks. The renewed interest and dynamic research in this field of study follows a period of long neglect by scholars, resulting from the uncertain cross-medial status of illustration and its position between disciplines. Indeed, the frontiers of this discipline remain nebulous and its terminology, key issues, and critical methods are in need of re-evaluation. By its very nature, illustration opens up a number of fundamental questions regarding the relation between text and image, the illustrated book and visual culture, artistry and reproduction.
Is illustration by definition text-inspired and connected to a material book? Can its images also be considered within a uniquely visual field of reference and how does this affect its signifying potential? Should one consider illustration as a form of adaptation? Do theorists, scholars, practitioners, and educators share the same view of illustration? Does the art of illustration deserve more scholarly recognition …read more
The next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will be held on Friday 18 January in the Bloomsbury Room (G35) at Senate House, University of London, starting at 5.30. Our distinguished guest speaker is Ian Duncan, Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, who will present a paper entitled The Romantic Novel and the Natural History of Man: Goethe, Staël, Scott. This will be followed by a discussion and a wine reception. The event is free and open to everyone, including postgraduates and members of the public. No booking is required.
Ian Duncan studied at King’s College, Cambridge and Yale University and taught for several years in the Yale English department before being appointed Barbara and Carlisle Moore Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Oregon in 1995. He moved to Berkeley in 2001 and was appointed to the Florence Green Bixby Chair in English in 2011. He is the author of Modern Romance and Transformations of the Novel (1992), Scott’s Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh (2007), and a new book, Human Forms: The Novel in the Age of Evolution, forthcoming from Princeton University Press in 2019. He …read more
By The Keats Letters Project Editor’s Note: Today’s post is a joint one by Kathleen Béres Rogers and Brittany Pladek, who collaborated on their responses to, via Keats’s 16 Dec 1818–4 Jan 1819 letter, related issues around illness, death, and dying. We indicate below the authorship of each section. Kathleen Béres RogersCollege of Charleston Memories. Sensations. We think of pictures… Sensation and Immortality …read more