By Catherine Redford Back in February, I published a post reflecting on time in Wordsworth’s Prelude, a topic I’d been considering in my role as Research Assistant on a project called ‘The Next Time(line)’. The aim of this project was to create a new kind of literary timeline for the digital age, using the touch-screen device to offer an interesting, compelling, and ultimately more in-depth experience for the user than a traditional print counterpart could provide.
We considered three great works of literature – Wordsworth’s Prelude, Hugo’s Les Misérables, and Shakespeare’s Henry V – over the course of the project, but for our final prototype app concentrated on Wordsworth. The timeline we produced allows the user to trace the development of The Prelude from its earliest manuscript form through to its final rewriting, with the visualisation on the screen demonstrating how the poem grows and transforms over time.
The user is able to isolate a single episode from the text and see how it changes across versions; perhaps it moves position within the body of the work, contracts, expands, or splits as the text goes through a series of rewritings. Layered over this are a series of contextual timelines which offer an …read more
Happy Face Spider (Theridion grallator)
The theme of our talk was: “What have bugs ever done for us?”. My brief was to look at the cultural dimensions. I found myself thinking about how Romantic science did much to establish modern taxonomies of the natural world, and also about ways in which Romantic poets alerted us to the wonders of what we now term biodiversity.
Fortunately, the flames have been doused, and the smoke that just an hour ago issued in thick billows from the roof has been reduced to spectre-thin coils. Attention is turning to the recovery plan. I’ve added my name to the list of hundreds of volunteers who over the next couple of days will be forming chains to pass a portion of the library’s millions of books – now under threat from the huge volumes of water moving unpredictably around the building – out of harm’s way. First trial by fire, now by water.
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Barry Hough, Bournemouth University
(Week 1) 25 April: ‘Coleridge’s Government Communications: Ethics or Calculation?’
Tom Clucas, Christ Church, Oxford
(Week 2) 2 May: ‘“Thou only bliss / Of Paradise that has survived the fall”: Domesticity from Cowper to Wordsworth’
Prof. Heather Glen, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
(Week 3) 9 May: ‘Imagining Place: Wordsworth’s Poetry and James Clarke’s A Survey of the Lakes’
Ann-Clair Michoux, Lincoln College, Oxford
(Week 4) 16 May: ‘”Wild to buy all”: Jane Austen’s Wild English Girls and Regency Society’
Dino Felluga, Purdue University
(Week 5) 23 May: ‘Byron’s Don Juan and the Novel’
All Welcome to join us for drinks & dinner after the seminar!
Oxford Romanticism Conference, Somerville College
(Week 6) 30 May: registration to open soon!
Convenors: Judyta Frodyma (judyta.frodyma[at]ell.ox.ac.uk) and Olivia Reilly
Romantic Circles is delighted to announce the publication of Romantic Numbers, edited by Maureen N. McLane, a new volume in our Praxis series.
With essays by Matthew F. Wickman, Marjorie Levinson, James Brooke-Smith, John Savarese, Bo Earle, Ron Broglio, and two afterwords by Maureen N. McLane, this volume explores older and newer logics of “matching” and “counting” and “measuring” (whether statistical, geometric, or otherwise un/calculable), and it registers an upsurge of interest in formal-language, neurocognitive, and medial-historical approaches.
The six essays of Romantic Numbers invite us to think “bodies,” “multitudes,” and “subjectivity” along different axes. They ask us to think about the (romantic) one, the (romantic) proper name, quantity, and quality; they invite us to reflect on the status of poetry and measure, about the work of the novel as totalization, about models of mind, about calculuses of populations and food. Ranging through Wordsworth, Scott, Malthus, Babbage, and Galt (among others), this volume points to new directions in romanticist thinking while reconstructing the complexity of romantic-period thought.
The group with one of the strongest claims to the title of world’s first brass band is the Stalybridge Old Band, formed in Manchester in 1809. Soon renamed the New Band, they rehearsed under the baton of Thomas Avison in a cellar behind the Golden Fleece inn. In 1819, its members became involved in one of the defining political actions of the Romantic period, engaged to play at the event that became known as the “Peterloo Massacre”.
“fierce intoxicating tones/ Of trumpets …” (John Keats)
The Romantic Heirs Research Network is pleased to announce its second conference and networking event, to be held at Durham University on 18th July 2013 on the theme of ‘Romantic Victorians’. The conference is free to attend and will include: plenary talks by Mark Sandy (senior lecturer at Durham University, co-editor Romantic Echoes in the Victorian Era (2008) and author of Romanticism, Memory, and Mourning (forthcoming, 2013)) and Anna Barton (lecturer at the University of Sheffield and author of Tennyson’s Name: Identity and Responsibility in the Poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson (2008)), roundtable discussions centred on the conference theme, lunchtime refreshments, and a post-conference dinner.
The conference organisers encourage postgraduate students and early-career researchers to submit proposals of 200-250 words for short position papers (1500 words) to be discussed at roundtable sessions. Topics might include:
- ‘Third-generation’ Romantic writers;
- The boundary between Romantic and Victorian periods;
- Responses to Romanticism in Victorian writers/poets/artists/musicians;
- The historical/cultural/philosophical legacies of Romanticism in the nineteenth-century;
- The developing notion of a ‘Romantic period’ throughout the nineteenth-century;
- Critical legacies of Romanticism in the Victorian period.
The deadline for submitting proposals is 14th June 2013. Completed position papers should be submitted approximately one week before the conference so that they can be circulated among participants in advance. …read more