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Archive for October 2016

Chick Lit and Cosy Crime: The Problem of Genre in Eighteenth-Century and Contemporary Fiction

By sophiecoulombeau This blog post is from Jannat Ahmed (@PemberleyParade), a Masters student in English Literature at Cardiff University. Her research interests include the authorship and readership of the eighteenth-century novel, the popular novel of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, fanfiction culture, and postcolonial and feminist theory. She hopes to pursue a doctorate investigating the relationship between the … Continue reading Chick Lit and Cosy Crime: The Problem of Genre in Eighteenth-Century and Contemporary Fiction …read more


Visiting Speaker, 8 Nov 2016: Emily Rohrbach on voice and dispossession in ‘gothic’ literatures

By Anthony Mandal Emily Rohrbach (University of Manchester) will be presenting her paper, ‘Voice and Dispossession: A Comparative Poetics’, at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 8 November 2016. The talk will take place in the Cardiff University’s John Percival Building, Room 2.03, and will be followed by a wine reception. Abstract This talk draws from her current work on voice and dispossession in ‘Gothic’ … Continue reading Visiting Speaker, 8 Nov 2016: Emily Rohrbach on voice and dispossession in ‘gothic’ literatures …read more


Sometimes We Fail, But That’s Great

By jsingles


Working for the William Blake Archive has been exceptionally exciting this semester. Two major project teams are striving to arrive at a better understanding of how to encode some of Blake’s least audience-friendly works: The Four Zoas and his marginalia. The process of approaching these works has required patience, and for every successful moment there have been multiple failures. But these failures are not meaningless, or at least I like to think so. My recent encoding attempts of Blake’s marginalia have not been used by the team as a model of what to do. Quite the opposite, my encoding attempts have consistently been used by the team as examples of what we want to avoid, and I think that’s useful.

Since we are still in the exploratory stages of creating an encoding schema for Blake’s marginalia, every couple weeks the team chooses a couple marginalia objects, and each team member attempts to encode those same objects using the ideas and new approaches we discuss in our meetings. This allows everyone to test our ideas and see what works and what doesn’t. For the past few weeks, I have found myself working in the office alongside other members of the marginalia team. …read more


London-Paris Romanticism Seminar: Michael Gamer, 11 November 2016, Senate House, London



Following its successful launch in October, the next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will take place on Friday 11 November and feature the acclaimed scholar Michael Gamer of the University of Pennsylvania, who will speak on “Re-collection’s Intranquility: Romanticism, Self-Canonization and the Business of Poetry”. Venue: Senate House, Bloomsbury Room (G35), 5.30-7.30. The talk will be followed by a discussion and wine reception, to which all are invited. Admission is free.

Michael Gamer is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Romanticism and the Gothic: Genre, Reception, and Canon Formation (CUP, 2000) and Romanticism, Self-Canonization, and the Business of Poetry, which will be published next year by Cambridge University Press. He is Associate Editor of the journal EIR: Essays in Romanticism and editor of Horace Walpole’s Castle of Otranto (Penguin, 2002) and Charlotte Smith’s Manon L’Escaut and the Romance of Real Life (Pickering and Chatto, 2005). He works on collaboration and is fond of collaborative work, which has included The Broadview Anthology of Romantic Drama (edited with Jeffrey Cox, 2003) and Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1800 (with Dahlia Porter, 2008). Essays on poetic collections, gender and performance, the novel, pornography, …read more


Blogging about the blog

By Sarah Jones

It’s no secret, given Mike’s recent preview of the technical summary and tweets like this

Delighted to be shown upcoming redesigned @BlakeArchive site by Joe Viscomi, Michael Fox, Joseph Fletcher.

— Alan Liu (@alanyliu) February 10, 2016

that the Blake Archive is undergoing a top-to-bottom cosmetic and structural redesign, the kind that takes thousands of hours and elicits oohs and aahs when it’s revealed. (I’m worried that once the new site is up, the Blake Quarterly will look like a poor relation, so we may be entering a Blake site arms race. More likely, I will take the path of least resistance by trading on the journal’s connection to the archive and basking in the reflected glory.)

On a much smaller scale, BAND (Blake Archive Northern Division, the Rochester outpost of the archive) is planning to redesign this blog so that it will be closer to the aesthetic of the new site. Rachel Lee and Ali McGhee, inaugural BAND members, started the blog in 2008, initially to document their work on encoding An Island in the Moon, hence the name “The Cynic Sang.” As BAND has grown, so has the number of contributors (to …read more


The origins of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

By annamercer90

Terrifying night visions: the origins of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

I shall thus give a general answer to the question, so frequently asked me— “How I, then a young girl, came to think of, and to dilate upon, so very hideous an idea?”

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote this in her introduction to the third edition of Frankenstein in 1831. Her account of the novel’s inspirations takes us back to her experiences as an 18-year-old girl (then still named Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin). Mary spent the wet summer of 1816 close to the shores of Lake Geneva; she had travelled there with her lover, the married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and her step-sister, Claire Clairmont. The group arrived in Geneva in order to meet with Lord Byron, an already successful author (albeit one mired in controversy), who had taken lodgings at the Villa Diodati. Claire had begun an affair with Byron back in England. Also present was the personal physician to Byron, John William Polidori. This group of young intellectuals spent their time reading and discussing literature and philosophy, including ghost stories from Fantasmagoriana (1812), as Mary explains:

[…] it proved a wet, ungenial summer, and incessant rain often confined us for days to the house. …read more


The BARS Review, No. 48 (Autumn 2016)

By Matthew Sangster

The Editors are pleased to announce the publication of the 48th number of The BARS Review, the sixth available in full online through the new website. This number includes thirty reviews covering thirty-five new publications, as well as a special spotlight on works dealing with the Romantic Essayists. The list of contents below includes links to the html versions of the articles, but all the reviews are also available as pdfs. If you want to browse through the whole number at your leisure, a pdf compilation of all the reviews is available (this can be downloaded from the main review page or using the link at the foot of the list below).

The BARS Review site as a whole now includes over two hundred reviews of relatively recent publications in the field of Romantic Studies, freely available online both for people interested in particular books and as a searchable corpus that can be used to explore new developments within broader fields.

If you have any comments on the new number, or on the Review in general, we’d be very grateful for any feedback that would allow us to improve the site or the content.

Editor: Susan Valladares (St …read more