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Archive for July 2015

NEW Online Resource: The Romantic Illustration Network Shakespeare Gallery

By marylshannon

Announcing: The Romantic Illustration Network Shakespeare Gallery
Ready for the 2016 anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, the Romantic Illustration Network is delighted to announce its digitisation of prints from Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery, courtesy of negatives provided by Professor Frederick Burwick (UCLA).
The Boydell Shakespeare Gallery was open to the public on London’s Pall Mall from 1789 to 1805. Featuring paintings of scenes from Shakespeare by major artists of the day, including Fuseli, Reynolds, and Kauffmann, the gallery was a popular if not a financial success.
Prints of the paintings were published in volumes (as well as in an illustrated edition of Shakespeare), and are now digitised here by the University of Roehampton for use under a Creative Commons license. Images are arranged alphabetically by play, and new plays will be added over the coming months, so do keep checking back on the site. We have also digitised the front matter from the volumes.
Click on the thumbnails to access larger versions of the images, and to view the full-sized image. Once you have clicked on a thumbnail there is space to add comments on each image, and we very …read more


The Lady’s Magazine team goes to Cardiff

By jd359

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This week the Lady’s Magazine team travels to the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) conference held at the University of Cardiff to present three individual papers on a panel convened by the project’s principal investigator, Jennie Batchelor. The blog today is a preview of our panel at the BARS conference, giving the details of the panel and the abstracts of our individual papers. We are very excited to have the opportunity to present our ongoing work on the magazine at such a prestigious event and are particularly looking forward to engaging with the audience. For those of our blog readers who may be attending the conference, we hope to see you at our panel and welcome your thoughts and questions on our papers and project!

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Situating ‘the Lady’s Magazine’ (1770–1818) in Romantic Print Culture

Panel convened by Jennie Batchelor (University of Kent)

The following panel for BARS 2015 will be the first conference at which we would disseminate the initial research findings of a two-year Leverhulme-funded Research Project Grant entitled: The Lady’s Magazine: Understanding the Emergence of a Genre. The project, which commenced in September 2014, offers a detailed …read more


Five Questions: Maureen McCue on British Romanticism and the Reception of Italian Old Master Art

By Matthew Sangster

Maureen McCue - British Romanticism and the Reception of Italian Old Master Arts, 1793-1840

Maureen McCue is a Lecturer in the School of English at Bangor University and can be found on Twitter @maureen_mccue. Before joining Bangor, she completed her BA at the University of Montana and an MPhil and a PhD at the University of Glasgow. She has published articles and presented papers on subjects including Samuel Rogers, William Hazlitt, Lord Byron, Italian art and culture, literary tourism and the development of aestheticism. Many of these figures and themes feature in her first book, British Romanticism and the Reception of Italian Old Master Art, 1793-1840, which was published by Ashgate last November, which is one of the four books on the shortlist for this year’s BARS First Book Prize, and which we discuss below.

1) How did you first become interested in Italian art and its reception in the Romantic period?

I’ve always been fascinated by Italian medieval and Renaissance art as well as classical statues, and as an undergraduate I had a sense that Dante and other Italian authors had deeply influenced Romantic and Modernist writers. But it was during a seminar with Alison Chapman when I was doing my MPhil at …read more


Mary Shelley and women’s poetry

By annamercer90


Image: Percy Shelley’s last letter to Mary in 1822. After his death she would explore her relationship to him and her widowhood in poetry. Credit to Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Mary Shelley, a prolific prose writer, turned her hand to poetry in earnest after Percy Shelley’s death, often musing on the subject of her widowhood and the loss of her husband. Her verses read as an attempt to reconcile the painful emotions she felt after his demise.

It is interesting to consider Mary Shelley within the genre of women’s poetry from the 19th century to the modern age: aside from my more obvious research interests, Mary Shelley’s poetry strikes me because of her presentation of the female voice as a devoted lover. This is something that is also prominent in her later novels, such as Lodore, in which she aims to show this (sometimes fallible) loyalty: ‘I have tried to portray in its simplicity, & all the beauty I could muster, the devotion of a young wife for the husband of her choice – the disasters she goes through being described’ (Letters, II, 185). This is presented in a way that is not anti-feminist in the sense of the protagonist’s weakness or ‘submission’ …read more


Exhibition: Wales in the Romantic Imagination

By Anthony Mandal Originally posted on Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR) Casgliadau Arbennig ac Archifau:
Our latest exhibition is held in collaboration with Romantic Imprints: the 14th International Conference of the British Association for Romantic Studies, Cardiff University, 16-19 July 2015. The exhibition will run until September. Thomas Pennant (1726-1798) “… he’s the best traveller I ever read;… …read more


Romantic Imprints Information

By Matthew Sangster

BARS 2015

We’re now just days away from the opening of BARS’ 2015 International Conference, Romantic Imprints. A great deal of additional information on the conference has been released by the organisers over the last few days; this includes the final programme, the abstracts and a reader for the excursion to Tintern Abbey. All of these can be downloaded from the conference blog. It’s shaping up to be a great event – look forward to seeing many of you in Cardiff.

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Tintern Abbey Excursion: Digital Reader now available

By Anthony Mandal The Digital Reader that accompanies the BARS 2015 excursion to Tintern Abbey on Saturday, 16th July is now available to marvel at. The Reader is the result of weeks of hard work and careful preparation by Dr Jamie Castell (Cardiff University) and Dr Maximiliaan van Woudenberg (Sheridan Institute of Technology), for which the conference organizers are extremely […] …read more