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Archive for April 2014

Frankenstein’s Proofing Form

By Laura Whitebell

By Margaret Speer In my January 15th 2014 The two of us got to work on combining the proofreading form that Lisa and Hardeep created (and made PERFECT, as they said when they handed it over to us) when they were working on the Tiriel manuscript, with the Letters Proofing Form, or the LPF, as I like to call it, now that we are on such intimate terms. There are a lot of great elements on the LPF that could be useful for proofing other works, and the Tiriel proofing form articulates some checks much more clearly that the LPF, so there’s plenty to mine in both directions for the composition of a generalized form. We may add more parts and bits from documents that have been used for proofreading different works over time to this Frankenstein’s monster of a proofing form. My intended audience for this project is future Project Assistants who start their work with the Archive proofing letters, as Megan and I did, and as the generation of new grad students who joined this year did. I hope it will be really useful in its explicitness of instruction for proofreaders not yet familiar with …read more


Trinity 2014 Termcard

By Honor Rieley

Romantic Realignments
Thursdays at 5.15, English Faculty Building, Seminar Room A

Week 1, 1 May:
David Duff, University of Aberdeen
Romantic Self-Advertising: The Art of the Prospectus
Week 2, 8 May:
Claire Connolly, University College Cork
The Culture of the Copy in Irish Romanticism
Week 3, 15 May:
Alexander Dick, University of British Columbia
Reading, Improvement, and Scottish Labouring-Class Memoirs (1800–1860)
Week 4, 22 May:
Erin Lafford, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Clare’s Mutterings: The Sound of Health in the Pre-Asylum Poetry
Week 5, 29 May:
Tilottama Rajan, University of Western Ontario
Between Individual and General History: Godwin’s Seventeenth-Century Texts
Week 6, 5 June:
Judyta Frodyma, St Catherine’s College, Oxford

NENC May Meeting

By NENC The next meeting of NENC will be held on Wednesday 7th May, at 5pm in the Seminar Room of the IAS on Palace Green (Institute of Advanced Studies – map can be found here

This month we look forward to welcoming Northumbria University’s Sarah Winter, who will be giving the intriguingly titled paper: ‘Melodramatic Monster Villains in Early-Nineteenth-Century Theatre’ (abstract below). This will be followed by discussion, and drinks and refreshments at the pub afterwards.

All are welcome and we hope to see many of you there for what promises to be a lively and engaging talk!

‘Melodramatic Monster Villains in Early-Nineteenth-Century Theatre’
Sarah Winter, Northumbria University

‘It lives! I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open, it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs’.

Richard Brinsley Peake, Presumption; or, The Fate of Frankenstein(1823)

The famous phrase ‘It Lives!’, probably more widely-known in the present day as ‘It’s Alive!’, carries instant connotations of Victor Frankenstein’s experimental overreaching in Mary Shelley’s Gothic novel, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus(1818). The exclamation is mostly associated with black-and-white film adaptations; yet it emerged much earlier than the twentieth century, as the dramatic saying originated on the early-nineteenth-century stage, when the story …read more


Five Questions: Georgina Green on the Majesty of the People

By admin

The Majesty of the People - Georgina Green

Georgina Green is currently a Research Fellow at the University of York; prior to taking up this appointment, she completed her PhD at the University of Oxford and conducted research at Carleton University and the University of Warwick. Her work centres on political and literary interactions in the 1790s and particularly on the relationships between individuals, groups, networks and the populace at large. These concerns inform her first monograph, The Majesty of the People: Popular Sovereignty and the Role of the Writer in the 1790s, which was published in February by Oxford University Press and which we discuss below.

1. How did you first become interested in the idea of the majesty of the people?

I think my interest in popular sovereignty began with little more than an intuitive interest in the parallels between the problems of political representation and ‘literary’ anxieties about the inadequacy of language. I had become interested in Wordsworth’s angst about the poets’ authority during my undergraduate reading of The Prelude. I remember simply knowing ‘I want to look at anxieties about authority’. This seems ridiculously vague and …read more


1814: Two Hundred Years On

By admin


On the bicentenary of the first defeat of Napoleon in 1814 and the arrival of ‘peace’ in Britain and Europe, Nicola Watson (Open University) and Ian Haywood (Roehampton University) are delighted to announce a BARS-supported two-day conference devoted to an exploration of the cultural impact and significance of this momentous year.

The programme in text is below, but for full details and to book, please visit the appropriate page on the IES website.

Friday 16th May – The Peninsular War: Triumphalism and Betrayal in Text and Image

10:00 – Registration
10:20 – Welcome from the new ‘Hispanic Horizons’ network
10:30 – Graciela Iglesias Rogers (Oxford): ‘A never-ending war: the events of 1814 from a Transatlantic perspective’
11:15 – Coffee
11:30 – Alicia Laspra Rodríguez: ‘From victory to retaliation: Echoes of Great Britain and Lord Wellington in Spanish poetry, 1813-1814′
12:15 – Agustín Coletes Blanco: ‘A sour victory: British poetical responses to the end of the Peninsular War (1813-1814)’
13:00 – Lunch; visit the free display of prints at the British Museum Prints & Drawings Room
14:30 – Susan Valladares (Oxford): ‘The Edinburgh vs the Quarterly: the ‘Spanish’ debate six years on’
15:15 – Ian Haywood (Roehampton): ‘ “Sad, sad reverse”: radical and caricature responses to the Peninsular …read more


Two New Romanticism Blogs

By Catherine Redford

There are some superb Romanticism blogs available on the web, and I thoroughly enjoy reading the latest news from a range of academics who are passionate about sharing their research. It’s great to read posts on authors and topics outside of my own areas of specialism, and to keep up to date with what’s going on in the Romantic studies community.

The problem with a lot of academic blogs is that they’re often written by a single researcher. This frequently results – and I know I’m guilty of this! – in blogs remaining stagnant for weeks or months at a time while various teaching and research commitments are met; it can also mean that that posts are rather narrow in focus.

Two new Romanticism blogs that seek to address these issues have recently launched: The Wordsworth Trust’s Claire Clairmont, by Amelia Curran

Written by a selection of big-name academics, early career researchers, and non-academic writers, these posts are invariably well-written and engaging. Sinéad Fitzgibbon describes the wonderful moment when P. B. Shelley, with youthful enthusiasm and zeal, threw his ‘Address to the Irish People’ from a window onto the heads of passers by during a visit to Dublin in 1812, while Andrew …read more


“till the Cold is gone”: Blake, Rochester NY and talking about the weather

By Laura Whitebell

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Being British, one of my favourite pastimes is talking about the weather (usually in a tone of complaint whilst drinking a cup of tea, of course), and I’ve always considered myself to be rather good at it — that is, until I moved to western New York. The Rochester snow makes a bit of British rain seem like a pleasant shower, a February blizzard makes London fog charmingly atmospheric and the dramatic temperature fluctuations make grabbing your coat in the morning as simple as remembering to brush your teeth. This week, for example, has seen alterations in weather from 80 degrees and sunshine to 25 degrees and snow (27° to -3° for our Celsius-loving readers). Anyway, as I was thinking this over, I started wondering what Blake thought about the weather.

So I searched the Archive for all instances of the word “weather” and found these results:

A letter from Blake to John Linnell in June 1825

Another letter from Blake to John Linnell in the November of the same year

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And finally, …read more