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Archive for September 2017

International Women’s Day 2017: My talk on Mary Shelley

By annamercer90

Today I am sharing my talk from earlier this year: an introduction to Mary Shelley. Enjoy! (Apologies for the referencing being less robust than I’d usually endeavour to carry out – if you have questions you can always get in touch with me on Twitter, or send an email).

Beyond Frankenstein: the writings of Mary Shelley

A talk for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, Humanities Research Centre, University of York

My aim with this talk is to give a run-through of the author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, her life, and her writings. If I can do anything today I hope I can encourage some of you to go and read another MWS novel that isn’t about a reanimated corpse! I’d also like to focus on the fact that it is Frankenstein‘s birthday in the years 2016-2017. Exactly 200 years ago MWS was writing her masterpiece, to be published on the 1st January 1818.

Some of the things I will discuss in this talk are as follows:

    • What was MWS doing 200 years ago?
    • Portraits of MWS
    • Her literary family
    • Brief timeline of her life and works, emphasising her complex and varied life after Frankenstein was published.
    • Spotlight on Valperga: her second novel to be published in 1823
    • The …read more


“Frankenreads” – An international celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel

By Anna Mercer

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Please see below for an announcement from Prof. Neil Fraistat (University of Maryland). The Frankenstein celebrations next year are likely to be numerous, and this sounds like a particularly exciting international initiative devoted to promoting the iconic and ever-fascinating novel by Mary Shelley.

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“Dear all,

As you know, the year 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a seminal literary work that, since its appearance, has influenced millions of people across the globe. Frankenstein is a rare work of fiction in that it appeals to both novice and expert readers alike, readers who represent both the breadth of human diversity and a range of disciplinary interests and backgrounds. It is a work that remains relevant to contemporary cultural debates concerning issues ranging from biomedical technologies and the ethical questions they raise to misperceptions and misrepresentations of the Other and their impact on our shared humanity. Frankenstein sparks imagination and critical thinking about the human experience, and thus it is perhaps no surprise that it is the most widely taught literary text in the USA and the fifth most widely taught book from any discipline.

To commemorate the bicentennial of the novel and also to harness …read more


William Blake’s Cottage Virtual Tour

By dustinfrazierwood

The Big Blake Project, based in Bognor Regis, has released an online virtual tour of William Blake’s Cottage in Felpham, West Sussex, where William and Catherine Blake lived between the Septembers of 1800 and 1803.

Using 360° photography, the tour provides an immersive experience designed to be viewed via virtual reality goggles, but can be accessed on a web browser on any computer, tablet or smartphone.

The tour includes six viewing zones: four rooms and the stairwell inside the house, and the garden. Each area is populated with images from Blake’s works. Those inside the house are all related to his time in Felpham; those in the garden reflect Blake’s interest in the pastoral.

Each zone in the tour also features musical settings of Blake’s poetry, composed by Lucien Posman, by kind permission of the composer.

An introduction to each zone explains the theme and its relevance to Blake’s time in Felpham. Viewers can also read more about selected images that appear in each zone.

The tour was commissioned by the Big Blake Project; it was produced by photographer Jason Hedges, and curated by Naomi Billingsley. The project was jointly funded by the Big Blake Project and a grant from West Sussex County …read more


“A Sparrow has been vexed”

By The Keats Letters Project Brandi George, et al. The University of Southern Mississippi Re: Keats’s 28 September 1817 letter to Benjamin Robert Haydon (and Re: all other 1817 letters) We present a special treat for you today, a collaborative creative response to today’s letter to Haydon. We all know the KLP plays with temporality, right? A couple days here,… “A Sparrow has been vexed” …read more


London-Paris Romanticism Seminar, Diego Saglia, Friday 20 October 2017, Senate House, London


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The first seminar in the 2017-18 series of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will take place on Friday 20 October 2017 at 5.30 in the Court Room (first floor) at Senate House, University of London. To launch the new series, we are delighted to welcome Diego Saglia, Professor of English Literature at the University of Parma and a leading international scholar of Romanticism. His talk, entitled The Cross-Channel Stage: Transnational Theatre in the Age of Romanticism, will be followed by a discussion and an extended wine reception. As a special guest at the launch, we will also be joined by Marc Porée, the Paris Director of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar.

As with all our events, the seminar is free and open to everyone, including postgraduates and members of the public. No registration is necessary. The seminar and wine reception are an opportunity for Romanticists to meet one another, talk to our international visitors and find out more about this research forum and other related series and conferences.

Our speaker, Diego Saglia, is a well-known figure in British and European Romanticist circles, having taken his PhD at Cardiff University before returning to his native Italy, where he is now Professor of …read more