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Archive for February 2019

Stanzas – by Mary Shelley – set to music

By annamercer90

For a special Valentine’s Day performance at Keats House Museum in February 2019, my very talented Dad – Neil Mercer – set the words of Mary Shelley’s poem ‘Stanzas’ (‘Oh, come to me in dreams, my love!’) to music. Published in late 1838 in The Keepsake, the lines could be said to be emblematic of Mary Shelley’s work as a poet, as she uses verse to communicate her grief at the loss of Percy Bysshe Shelley and her loneliness as a widow (although I think Mary’s poetry does far more than that, too, and I hope to spend more time with her poetical compositions in my future research). The impassioned lines sound all the more moving when set to music.

Performed by Heidi Carascon and Neil Mercer.

Here is the video – enjoy.

Stanzas [“Oh, come to me in dreams, my love!”]

By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Oh, come to me in dreams, my love!
I will not ask a dearer bliss;
Come with the starry beams, my love,
And press mine eyelids with thy kiss.
Twas thus, as ancient fables tell,
Love visited a Grecian maid,
Till she disturbed the sacred spell,
And woke to find her hopes betrayed.

London-Paris Romanticism Seminar: New Directions in Romantic Scholarship, international book launch, Friday 1 March 2019, Senate House, London


book launch advert

You are warmly invited to join us on Friday 1 March for the next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar, which will be a book launch for The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism, edited by our London Director, David Duff. Published by Oxford University Press, the Handbook brings together 46 specially commissioned essays by leading Romantic scholars from around the world, a number of whom will be joining us for this occasion. The event will begin with brief talks by the editor and other contributors about the aims of the Handbook and the new research it contains. This will be followed by questions and discussion and an extended wine reception with nibbles and canapés.

The event will take place in Room 349 (third floor) at Senate House, University of London, starting at 5.30pm. As with all our events, this event is free and open to everyone, including postgraduates and members of the public. If you would like to attend, please sign up for a free ticket on Eventbrite by clicking here. This will allow us to monitor numbers for catering purposes.

The publisher writes:

The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism offers a comprehensive guide to the …read more


Call for Papers: Radicalism and Reform in the Long Nineteenth Century

By Anna Mercer

The London Victorian Studies Colloquium is an annual residential colloquium for postgraduates and postdocs working in Victorian Studies, to be held at Royal Holloway Centre for Victorian Studies, from 26-27th April, 2019.

This is a relatively informal weekend of postgraduate papers, plenary talks, and training and professionalisation workshops, allowing generous space also for participants to socialise and study in the beautiful surroundings of the college. We hope to include a viewing of the Victorian art collection in the Royal Holloway picture gallery.

This year’s event will include:

  • Plenary talks from Dr Carol Jacobi (Curator of British Art, 1850-1915, Tate Britain) and Dr Helen Goodman (Bath Spa University)
  • Research Beyond the Article with Professor Redell Olsen (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr Joanna Taylor (University of Manchester)
  • Panel Discussion on Academic Careers and the Place of ECRs in the University
  • Training in Nineteenth-Century Collections and Designing Innovative Teaching

Participants do not have to present a paper but we will be looking for a small number of speakers to give short papers (20 minutes) on any topic. For details of the CFP, please see below.

The Centre for Victorian Studies is grateful to the techne consortium and Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of …read more


Seeking a Postgraduate Representative to Join the BARS Executive – Deadline February 28th

By Matthew Sangster

Supporting postgraduates and early career researchers has always been an important part of the remit of the British Association for Romantic Studies. We are currently looking for a postgraduate student willing to join the Executive in order to represent our postgraduate members and students in the field more generally.

The Postgraduate Representative serves for a term of two years (renewable according to the status of their studies – often, people go on to serve as Early Career Representative). During their term, they will attend four Executive meetings and have the opportunity to co-organise special postgraduate events at the BARS International Conferences. They will also work with the current postgraduate representative, Paul Stephens, to organise the next biennial Early Career and Postgraduate Conference, due to be held in 2020 and announced later this year.

The position offers valuable experience of conference organisation, together with excellent networking opportunities. Most importantly, it offers the chance to help shape the Romantic Studies postgraduate community by feeding in to the Executive’s discussions and launching new initiatives to support postgraduates in the field. The post is unpaid, but any travel expenses incurred are met by the Association.

Eligibility: We are especially keen to …read more