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Archive for November 2018


By annamercer90

Hello! It’s been a while. I’ve been very busy, but today I thought I’d take the time to update my blog with what I’ve been doing, and shared an edited version of a talk I gave at Cardiff University in October.

I now work at Cardiff University, delivering lectures and seminars (this term on women writers of the late eighteenth century) to third year undergraduates. I love it and it’s such a friendly, welcoming department.

I still also work at Keats House, where I am assisting in the production and execution of their exciting ‘Keats200′ programme which launches tomorrow. Do come along! A day full of free events awaits (including a talk by me).

But in this post I want to share another talk I did during ‘Frankenweek’ – the week when the international project that is ‘Frankenreads’ took place around the world. Celebrating 200 years of Mary Shelley’s novel around Halloween, hundreds of institutions hosted readings of the novel, and then talks, quizzes, workshops, celebrations, and many other events to mark the occasion.

I was lucky enough to take part in two events. On 31 October itself I was hosting a workshop at Keats House, similar to …read more


5th December 2018: Daisy Hay (Exeter) on Joseph Johnson

By jamiecastell Wednesday 5th December 2018, 5:15 (Room 0.36, John Percival Building) Professor Daisy Hay (Exeter) will be talking about life writing in the eighteenth century. Focusing on the influential radical publisher Joseph Johnson, her talk is entitled, ‘Experiments in Life-Writing: Joineriana and Joseph Johnson’. Daisy is an acclaimed biographer and literary critic. Her first book, the … Continue reading 5th December 2018: Daisy Hay (Exeter) on Joseph Johnson …read more


Free ‘Keats200’ launch event at Keats House, Hampstead on Saturday 1 Dec 2018

By Anna Mercer

A message from Keats House, Hampstead (home of the poet from 1818 to 1820, now a museum and poetry centre).

Keats200 Launch: Saturday 1 December 2018

On Saturday 1 December, you are invited to join us for a special event to launch our Keats200 programme, which celebrates Keats’s most productive years as a poet.

From 10am, we will meet at Well Walk to journey with Keats and companions down to Keats House for a ceremonial opening of the House.

The House will be open from 11am – 5pm and will be free to everyone on that day. Drop in to meet Keats and companions and take part in a range of special events including discussions with Professor Nicholas Roe and Dr Anna Mercer on Keats and Romantic poetry, tours of the House, poetry readings and activities for all ages.

The walk will be repeated at 2pm, arriving at the House for 3pm. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for both walks.

Just as Keats was welcomed by his friends to Wentworth Place, we look forward to welcoming you too, to the place where he found inspiration, friendship and love, now known as Keats House.

See below for timings and booking details for selected events:

10 – 11am
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The next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will be held on Friday 30 November in Room 349 (third floor) at Senate House, University of London, starting at 5.30. Our distinguished guest speaker is Angela Esterhammer of the University of Toronto, who will present a paper entitled Performance and Print Culture in the 1820s: Speculation, Improvisation, Identity. This will be followed by a discussion and a wine reception. The event is free and open to everyone, including postgraduates and members of the public. No booking is required.

Angela Esterhammer, FRSC, is Principal of Victoria College and Professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. She works in the areas of British, German, and European Romanticism and nineteenth-century culture, from perspectives that emphasize performativity, improvisation, and print culture. She is the author of Creating States: Studies in the Performative Language of John Milton and William Blake (1994), The Romantic Performative: Language and Action in British and German Romanticism (2000), and Romanticism and Improvisation, 1750-1850 (2008). Other publications include the edited volumes Romantic Poetry: Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages (2002), Spheres of Action: Speech and Performance in Romantic Culture …read more


Announcement: ‘Mary Hays: Life, Writings, and Correspondence’

By Anna Mercer

‘Mary Hays: Life, Writings, and Correspondence’ is a fully searchable website now open to the public.

The site presents the most complete accounting to date of the life and career of Mary Hays (1759-1843). The site provides students and scholars with access to all pertinent materials related to Hays, especially her extensive correspondence, including some 90 letters by her close friend Eliza Fenwick (1766-1840) appearing for the first time in their entirety.

More than 400 letters, fully annotated, can be found in this collection. The site also includes the complete texts of all her periodical writings (1784-1800) and all reviews of her own writings, as well as the complete text of Cursory Remarks (1792) and much of Letters and Essays(1793). The site contains the first complete genealogy of Hays, including the discovery of her previously unknown youngest sister, Marianna Hays (1773-97), and her numerous nephews and nieces, including the radical feminist writer Matilda Mary Hays (1820-97), not previously known to have been Hays’s niece.

Biographical notices of more than 100 individuals connected with Mary Hays can also be found on the site. Much of the new material on Hays has come from the diary, reminiscences, and correspondence of her …read more


London-Paris Romanticsm Seminar: Mina Gorji, Friday 16 November 2018, Senate House, London


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The next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will be held on Friday 16 November in the Bloomsbury Room (ground floor, G35), Senate House, University of London, starting at 5.30. As our guest speaker, we are delighted to welcome Mina Gorji of the University of Cambridge, who will present a paper entitled Romantic Listening: John Clare’s Sympathetic Ear. This will be followed by discussion and wine reception. The event is free and open to everyone.

Mina Gorji is a Senior University Lecturer in English at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College. She is also co-director of the Cambridge Centre for John Clare Studies. She has written on rudeness, dialect, weeds, poetic awkwardness, Robert Burns’ allusions, Christina Rossetti’s prepositions and the poetry of John Clare. Her published books include John Clare and the Place of Poetry, Rude Britannia (ed.) and Class and the Canon: Constructing Labouring-Class Poetry and Poetics, 1780-1900, which she co-edited with Kirstie Blair. She is a practicing poet who has published in a number of journals and magazines as well as Carcanet’s Anthology New Poetries V. She is currently working on a new monograph, Romantic Listening, which explores …read more


In Memoriam: Jahn Holljen Thon

By dustinfrazierwood

RIN members familiar with Jahn Holljen Thon and his works will be saddened by the news of his passing. The following obituary was written by David Skilton.

Jahn Holljen Thon

We are sad to announce the recent death of Jahn Holljen Thon, who held a chair at Agder University in Kristiansand, Norway, and was Norway’s most innovative researcher in the field of illustrated literature. He was earlier the main cultural critic for left-wing newspaper, and it may be the fact that he did not fit neatly into the inherited academic disciplines that enabled him to pay attention to previously undervalued cultural phenomena such as Scandinavian verbal-visual works. He came to Illustration Studies via an interest in Norwegian works of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and, like many of us, found that general pronouncements on how illustration functions were simply not adequate in relation to his challenging material. He made contact with the group at Cardiff University responsible for the Database of Mid-Victorian Illustration, when it was running a series of workshops in conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum under the title of LICAU, Literary Illustration: Conservation, Access, Use. He generously provided funding for the workshops to continue at Lampeter and Kristiansand …read more