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Archive for March 2015

Power and pilgrimage: a postcard from Rome

By annamercer90

Anna visits the Keats-Shelley House Museum, Piazza di Spagna, Rome, February 2015

This post was originally published on the ‘Placing the Author’ blog for the Postcard Project, 2015.

Anna Mercer visits the Keats-Shelley House Museum, Piazza di Spagna, Rome, February 2015


My second visit to the Keats-Shelley House was to attend a poetry reading there on Valentine’s Day. The house is a museum dedicated to the British writers who spent time in Italy during self-exile. The use of the space not just for exhibitions but also for literary events is fantastic. At this event, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese were performed in both Italian and English. The power of such a public occasion inspired me so much that I now plan to put on an event in July 2016 to celebrate the bicentenary of Frankenstein‘s composition.

What I got out of the experience…

Although the house is so named because it was Keats’ final home, and the place of his death in 1821, the museum pays tribute to the second generation of Romantic poets and their fellow writers as a group: the Shelleys, Byron, and the painter Joseph Severn, for example. Rome is so important for these writers, and near the Piazza di Spagna there is the Via Sistina where the Shelleys …read more


Stopping to smell the roses: more thoughts on DH and collaboration

By Laura Whitebell

Milton in his old age

We have been fortunate to have a series of visiting Digital Humanities scholars at the University of Rochester over the last few months, and while all of their projects and approaches have been very different, most have still emphasized the importance of collaboration in their work. We’ve written a post about the topic before, but this time I want to focus more generally on the different kinds of group work we engage in at BAND.

Looking back over the last few years, the letters project has changed the way that we work, at once promoting the collaborative spirit that is such a positive part of DH, but also eroding some of the skills that group work encourages. I think that this is because of the specific nature of the project and the workflow that we have developed to handle it. Here’s a quick summary:

  1. A BAND Assistant will take responsibility for transcribing and putting together the editorial apparatus of a single letter;
  2. Nick (who has been managing the project) will resolve any outstanding queries and bank the finished letter;
  3. When a batch of a dozen or so are ready they are re-distributed for proofreading.

Often this third stage of the process happens …read more


Frankenstein and Fantasmagoriana, Story 3: La Tête de mort

By by Maximiliaan van Woudenberg The third story in Fantasmagoriana is a personal favourite. While the influence of ‘La Tête de Mort’ on Shelley’s Frankenstein is minimal at best, there are several intertextual tidbits related to this story that are quite intriguing. Let’s explore the origins of the story first. Provenance Paths and Variants Interestingly, ‘La […] …read more


Percy Shelley and Art: Tate Britain

By annamercer90


Yesterday I visited Tate Britain (in Pimlico, London). I went to see the work of the Pre-Raphaelites as a study break but found some Shelley-related artwork I was otherwise unaware of…

There was the bust of Shelley…


And I had never before encountered this beautiful painting by JMW Turner, Queen Mab’s Cave. Although ‘Queen Mab’ is an allusion to a Shakespearean character, the Tate curators confirm that it is likely Turner also read P B Shelley’s epic poem Queen Mab (1813).



In 1814 Mary Shelley inscribed in her copy of Queen Mab: ‘I am thine, exclusively thine. I have pledged myself to thee and sacred is the gift’…..

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CfP: Recording Nature in the Early Atlantic World, 1750 – 1830

By admin


The Charles Brockden Brown Society is inviting paper proposals for its tenth biennial conference, ‘Recording Nature in the Early Atlantic World, 1750-1830′, which will take place between October the 8th and 10th this year in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida. The full Call for Papers can be viewed here. There are some generous travel awards available for graduate students. The deadline for proposals for individual papers and for panels is May 1st.

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CfP: Voices and Books, 1500-1800

By admin

BARS members might be interested in the culminating conference of the AHRC Voices and Books project, which will take place in Newcastle in July (details below). Be aware, however, that the dates clash with Romantic Imprints, so if you’re planning on joining us in Cardiff, you may have to sit this one out.

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July 16th-18th 2015

Newcastle University and City Library, Newcastle

Organiser: Jennifer Richards (Newcastle University) with Helen Stark, (Newcastle University) and Richard Wistreich (Royal College of Music)

Keynote Speakers:
Heidi Brayman Hackel (University of California, Riverside)
Anne Karpf (London Metropolitan University)
Christopher Marsh (Queen’s University, Belfast) with The Carnival Band
Perry Mills, Director of Edward’s Boys (King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon)

Although it is often acknowledged that early modern books were routinely read aloud we know relatively little about this. Oral reading is not embedded as an assumption in existing scholarship. On the contrary, over the last two decades it is the studious and usually silent reader, pen in hand, who has been placed centre stage. This conference aims to: explore the kind of evidence and research methods that might help us to recover this …read more


Report on How to Keep Your (Georgian) Man, 17 Mar 2015

By Alison Harvey There was an excellent turn out to this hotly awaited addition to the CRECS programme, which set out to explore the (fifty?) shades of grey that existed in eighteenth century attitudes to sex, gender and domesticity. Participants gathered around the tables in Special Collections and Archives, upon which were scattered extracts from the texts for […] …read more


“Cant and Continuities …”


Last week, an old friend and fellow Romanticist posted an indignant “name and shame” tweet in defence of her gay friend, who’d been thrown out of a well-known chain of Irish pubs for kissing his boyfriend. It brought home to me how little, in some important respects, has changed in terms of public attitudes to same-sex relations since the Romantic period, when homosexuality was a capital offence, and when hangings of gay men were regular occurances in London, enjoyed by large, hate-filled crowds.

I saw my friend’s tweet just before going on a BBC Radio Wales arts show to talk about my new crime novel, The Cunning House, which is set in a Regency “molly house”, or gay bar, in today’s parlance. The resonances between the intolerance faced by gay men today and the and violent discrimination of the Romantic period – the supposedly polite age of John Keats and Jane Austen – struck me with such force that I mentioned the incident on the show.

I teach gender theory and Romantic masculinities at Aberystwyth University – actually, the idea for The Cunning House evolved out of a discussion about the raid …read more


Visiting speaker, 24 Mar 2015: Gowan Dawson on citizen science in the 19th and 21st centuries

By Anthony Mandal Gowan Dawson (University of Leicester) will be presenting his paper, ‘Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries’, at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 24 March 2015. The talk will take place in the Cardiff University’s John Percival Building, Room 2.48. Abstract The ‘Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries’ project is an innovative collaboration […] …read more


University of Roehampton Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarships

By marylshannon

The University of Roehampton is pleased to announce 50 Vice Chancellor’s Scholarships for PhD study beginning in October 2015. Full funding (tuition fee waiver at Home/EU rate, and stipend of £16,057 per annum) is available for outstanding applicants to undertake research on eligible project areas across all departments.

Applications are due 5 May 2015 for an October 2015 start.

We are seeking bold, innovative postgraduates with a record of achievement to undertake a broad range of thematic and cross-disciplinary projects. You will be supervised by experienced teams of internationally renowned scholars, enjoying extensive opportunities to collaborate with a diverse range of partners and to work within one of our highly acclaimed research networks.

Funding is available for UK/EU and International* students at Home/EU rates (tuition fee waiver at £4,052 and stipend at £16,057 for 2015/16) for three years full-time study (or part time equivalent for five years).

Students will benefit from being part of their Departmental research communities and the Graduate School, which sits at the heart of our supportive doctoral community. All doctoral students further benefit from a range of high-quality training opportunities that foster development both within the academy and beyond.

For full deatils of eligibile projects and how to apply see <a target="_blank" …read more