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Archive for May 2018

Living Frankenstein

By annamercer90


On Wednesday 23 May 2018, I ran a small workshop for the event ‘Living Frankenstein’ (#LivingFrankenstein on Twitter!).

The evening was part of the Living Literature series, organised by the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

I was so pleased to be asked to be involved in this one-off event, which promised ‘an epic thriller brought to life through immersive performances, talks, workshops and activities’. It certainly did not disappoint! Costumes, ghost stories, beatboxing, and strange but tasty cocktails were all part of this celebration for the bicentenary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece.

I ran a workshop called ‘Shelley’s Creation’:

‘How did Mary Shelley construct Frankenstein? Dr Anna Mercer invites you to peruse the original manuscript. See how her partner Percy Bysshe Shelley suggested changes to her work in an act of collaboration, discover how Mary Shelley assisted in the construction of his literary works, and have a go at using ink and quill pens to begin your own masterpiece.’


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Call for Applications: Communications Fellows for the K-SAA

By Anna Mercer

Please see the following notice below from the Keats-Shelley Association of America (K-SAA).

The K-SAA is inviting applications for two part-time Communications Fellows for a period of one year, beginning June 2018. Fellows will assist the Director of Communications and the K-SAA Secretary in engaging with, and creating content for, academic and non-academic communities interested in the Romantic period – especially those interested in the second generation of Romantic authors.

Applicants should have an interest in Romantic literature and should have previously used social media for academic/professional purposes. They will be able to demonstrate their ability to write and edit academic blog content similar to what is currently presented on the K-SAA site. Experience using WordPress and editing websites is desirable.

To apply: please send an academic CV and personal statement of no more than two pages explaining why you are best placed to undertake the duties below to by June 5 2018.


  • To create engaging and informative online content designed to promote the understanding and celebration of the lives and works of the Keats-Shelley circles, most broadly understood. Fellows will be knowledgeable and passionate about the Romantic period, especially the second generation of Romantic writers
  • To set up regular appropriate …read more


London-Paris Romanticism Seminar, The Romantic Lecture and Its Institutions, Friday 18 May 2018, Senate House, London



The final meeting of this year’s London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will take place on Friday 18 May and feature an international panel on The Romantic Lecture and Its Institutions. As our guest speakers, we are delighted to welcome Sarah Zimmerman (Fordham University, New York), whose paper is entitled The Romantic Literary Lecture: A Short History, and Judith Thompson (Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia), who will speak on John Thelwall and the Uses of Oratory. Abstracts appear below.

The seminar will be held in the Room 349 (3rd floor) at Senate House, University of London, starting at 5.30. The papers will be followed by a discussion and wine reception. Everyone is invited, including postgraduates and members of the public. Admission is free.

SZ mugshotSarah Zimmerman is Professor of English at Fordham University. She is the author of Romanticism, Lyricism, and History (SUNY, 1999) and, forthcoming with OUP, The Romantic Literary Lecture in Britain. In these studies and in essays on Percy Bysshe Shelley and others, she has focused on the material cultures of lyric poetry and public lectures, with a particular interest in what their historical …read more


Book and Illustration at the Turn of the Century in Britain + America

By marylshannon

A public symposium presented by the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies

Saturday, May 19, 2018 · 1:30 pm
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE

Free for Museum Members or with Museum admission

In conjunction with the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies’ (FABS) Tour of Delaware and the Delaware Bibliophiles, the Delaware Art Museum will hold “Books and Illustration at the Turn of the Century in Britain and America,” a symposium with three speakers. These talks will focus on illustration and book design—a strength of the collections of the Delaware Art Museum and the University of Delaware Library. A tea reception will follow.

Please visit for details and registration.


– “Ouida Illustrated: Commerce, Politics, and Representation in the Illustrated
Editions of Ouida’s Works”
Jesse R. Erickson, Postdoctoral Researcher in Special Collections and Digital
Humanities, University of Delaware

– “Rediscovering an American Woman Illustrator, Alice Barber Stephens”
Martha H. Kennedy, Curator, Popular & Applied Graphic Art, Library of Congress

– “Christina Rossetti’s …read more


Archive Spotlight: correspondence between James Northcote and Peter Pindar in Durham’s Special Collections

By Anna Mercer

A new Archive Spotlight post on the blog today by Val Derbyshire (University of Sheffield). Val has kindly contributed details of her research to this series before, in another Spotlight post entitled ‘Archive Spotlight on the Derbyshire Record Office: A Marriage of the Romantic and the Scientific’. Val has also been awarded a 2018 BARS Stephen Copley Award, and we look forward to hearing more about her work at the Royal Art Academy and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London later this year.

If you’d like to contribute to this series, please find more information about how to get in touch with your ideas here.

Enjoy Val’s exploration into a heated exchange of letters that may have inspired Northcote’s Diligence and Dissipation.

‘[A] simple act of fornication’[1]: Diligence and Dissipation, James Northcote and Peter Pindar by Val Derbyshire, School of English, University of Sheffield

Just recently, I was fortunate enough to have been awarded a Stephen Copley Research Award from BARS in order to research the letters and other personal writings of portraitist James Northcote (1746-1831). My interest in Northcote was sparked by the discovery of his personal friendship with the subject of my …read more


Call for Papers – CRECS Summer Conference 2018

By jamiecastell Call for Papers Where: Cardiff University When: Monday, 18 June 2018, 10:30-7pm The Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar (CRECS) is pleased to announce our first CRECS Summer Conference with our colleagues from Bath Spa, Bristol, Exeter, and Reading universities. The event will be the first large gathering of staff, postgraduates, and undergraduates in the … Continue reading Call for Papers – CRECS Summer Conference 2018 …read more