Frankenstein and Fantasmagoriana, Story 1: L’Amour muet

By by Maximiliaan van Woudenberg Happy New Year Everyone! My introductory blog ‘last year’ – actually only a few weeks ago – provided a brief overview of Fantasmagoriana (1812) the text that inspired the famous ghost-storytelling contest at the Villa Diodati. This text was a French translation of the first two volumes of the five-volume German Gespensterbuch (1810–15). […] …read more


The Undergraduate Experience

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By Eric Loy

Proofing Form

By Margaret Speer

As one of the two undergraduate assistants to the Blake Archive at the University of Rochester (BAND), my main activities are:

  • Proofreading letters
  • Asking the graduate students to unlock the door of the Blake Archive office for me
  • Retyping words from Blake’s letters in Word to see if they’re misspelled and therefore require a choice tag
  • Worrying about how poor my spelling is
  • Telling myself it’s ok I can’t spell—just look at William Blake’s spelling!
  • Thinking about how much cooler Geoffrey Keynes was (one of our standard references) than his brother, John Maynard
  • Lamenting how woefully unprepared my three or four readings of The Tyger in high school English classes left me for the trials of the technology involved in a digital humanities project
  • Asking for help with the unconquerable BADs
  • Memorizing the Proofing Form
  • Hyperventilating at weekly meetings when the graduate students talk about how many pages they are writing for their papers and dissertations, etc.

As I’ve suggested, the Proofreading Form is one of my closest companions at the Blake Archive. …read more


Mansfield Park at Chawton House

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By admin

Sandy White, at the University of Southampton, sends details of a bicentenary symposium on Mansfield Park, which will be hosted by Gillian Dow at Chawton House Library on Saturday 8th March and which features a number of excellent speakers:

Mansfield Park at Chawton House
A Bicentenary Symposium at Chawton House Library

Saturday 8th March 2014: 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.


Katie Halsey, (University of Stirling),
‘Mansfield Park: Then and Now’

Deidre Shauna Lynch, (University of Toronto),
‘Quoting Fanny: On Editing Mansfield Park’

Anthony Mandal, (Cardiff University)
‘1814: A Bad Year for the Novel’?

Mary Ann O’Farrell, (Texas A&M University)
‘The Arbitrary in Austen’

Delegate rate, including refreshments and lunch: £40
Concessionary rate: £33

For more information and to register, please visit:

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Week 0 – "Counterfactual Romanticism"

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By Katherine Fender

Professor Damian Walford Davies
(Cardiff University)


A very Happy New Year to all! As a special Week 0 seminar* to kick off our 2014 programme, we’re very pleased to be welcoming Professor Damian Walford Davies, who will be speaking on notions of “Counterfactual Romanticism” in relation to one of his current projects:
Historicism (of various modalities) remains the critical and methodological orthodoxy in Romantic Studies. It’s had a good innings. Dare we imagine ways beyond it and cultivate more radical rhetorical moves in our attempts to get away from, and then back into, the literary text’s various ‘histories’ (and the ‘histories’ of our own criticism)? How might a counterfactual move refocus the ways we configure the literary ‘past’? This paper, which offers an account of the genesis, current contours and potential afterlives of the project Counterfactual Romanticism, tendentiously opens a window on how things might be – for ourselves as critical latecomers and for the Romantics, too – ‘otherwise’.
Join us for what promises to be a compelling talk to see in the new term – all are welcome to attend as ever, and we hope to see you on Thursday!

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Hilary 2014 Termcard

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By Honor Rieley

Romantic Realignments

Thursdays at 5.15, English Faculty Building, Seminar Room A.
* Extra seminar in Week 0 this term.

* Week 0, 16 Jan, 5pm (note earlier time!):

Damian Walford-Davies, Cardiff University
Counterfactual Romanticism
Week 1, 23 Jan:

Robert Stagg, University of Southampton
Wordsworth After Bathos
Week 2, 30 Jan:

Nicolas Lema Habash, Somerville College, Oxford

The Living Poets of 1801

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By mattsangster by Matthew Sangster ‘What is a Poet?’, Wordsworth asks in the Preface to the 1802 edition of Lyrical Ballads, the capital falling inevitably into place. His answer has become to a large extent a critical truism, but looking at accounts of the other poets working contemporaneously with his early career helps to make clear how strange it […] …read more


The Poetical Register’s Living Poets of 1801: A Checklist

By Anthony Mandal by Matthew Sangster The list of living poets below is taken from the Poetical Register, and Repository of Fugitive Poetry for 1801, pp. 487–91; the original can be viewed here. The version below is reformatted for the web and annotated to provide further information on the listed poets. For this web version, I’ve inserted equals signs between […] …read more


Five Questions: Kerri Andrews on Ann Yearsley

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Ann Yearsley and Hannah More

Five Questions returns in style with an interview with Dr Kerri Andrews, Lecturer in English at the University of Strathclyde. Hailed by Tim Fulford as ‘the doyen of Yearsley Studies’, Kerri is also interested in the broad sweep of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century literary culture, and has published on Robert Southey, Charlotte Smith, William Cowper and William Wordsworth, among others. In this interview, though, we keep the focus on Kerri’s work on Yearsley, discussing her recently-published monograph, Ann Yearsley and Hannah More, Patronage and Poetry: the Story of a Literary Relationship and her new three-volume edition of The Collected Works of Ann Yearsley, published this month by Pickering & Chatto.

1) How did you first become interested in Ann Yearsley?

I was right at the start of my PhD: I knew I wanted to write about women writers and how they accessed print culture, but I didn’t know which women writers I wanted to work on. I was browsing in the Special Collections at the Brotherton Library in Leeds when I came across a pamphlet in which was …read more


Review: Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain, British Library, 8 November 2013–11 March 2014

By by Sarah Sharp, University of Edinburgh The tercentenary of the Hanoverian succession of 1714 has provided the stimulus for an exciting and highly visual exhibition at the British Library, which traces the changes in British culture taking place between 1714 and 1830. Focusing on the daily lives of Georgians, the exhibition charts what British citizens […] …read more


30c3: Sprachlos in Hamburg …

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Haydon’s painting (1816-20), Keats in oval speaking to neighbour

The mood is happy – “too happy in [its] happiness”? – yet also dark. A bright canvas full of shadows and suspicions. Professional actors have been employed to mingle with the crowd, their task to attempt to enlist visitors to state-sponsored surveillance programmes; the aim is to gauge loyalty – those that fail the test are invited to look within themselves, with scant regard, perhaps, to the psychological effects. These are polarizing times.

government infiltrators also move among the assembly of over 9,000 – given the radical, in some cases fugitive, status of several of the event’s key speakers, it would be naive to assume otherwise. One of the orators is already imprisoned, able to address the crowd only through the means of technology; others live as exiles, their movements logged, their apartments surveilled. At packed press conferences, agents for major newspapers are filing copy on the contents of these speeches. Some of the world’s best-known companies are being forced to issue formal responses to technical documents revealed at the assembly.

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