K-SAA Virtual Events: “Everyday Women Who Made Book History: The Stainforth Project as a Digital Compass”

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

September 30th, 11 AM EST
Please join the Zoom meeting here (registration required).


K-SAA’s new virtual events series highlights recent digital archives and projects, particularly those that shed light on the lives and works of marginalized peoples in the Romantic era and the long eighteenth century.

In this first event chaired by Professor Michelle Levy (Simon Fraser University), Professors Kirstyn Leuner (Santa Clara University) and Deborah Hollis (University of Colorado Boulder) discuss their work on The Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing, http://stainforth.scu.edu. The heart of the project is a searchable, TEI-encoded scholarly digital edition of Francis Stainforth’s 746-page manuscript library catalog. Francis Stainforth (1797-1866) was an Anglican clergyman of London-area parishes, and his book collection is the largest known private library of Anglophone women’s writing collected in the nineteenth century. The authors, editors, and translators in the library include poor and working-class women; those with disabilities; writers of a variety of religions including Jews and Quakers; African American women; children as young as eleven or twelve years old; survivors of assault; incarcerated women; and queer writers.

During a brief presentation followed by a Q & A, the speakers will discuss how the Stainforth project can serve as …read more

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Special Issue: “Reading Shelley on the Bicentenary of his Death”

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

European Romantic Review is pleased to announce the publication of a Special Issue (vol. 33, no. 5, October 2022), “Reading Shelley on the Bicentenary of his Death,” guest edited by Will Bowers and Mathelinda Nabugodi.

This special issue marks the bicentenary of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s death by presenting ten new readings of his major poetry by some of the most innovative voices working in the field of Romanticism today. Contributors have been invited to offer a concise essay on a single poem, being free to determine the critical parameters of their interpretation. Throughout, Shelley’s own generic and formal range is matched by the diverse critical energies (comparatist, formalist, historicist, decolonial, ecological) that contributors have brought to bear on his poems. The result is a series of original and provocative readings grounded in radically different methodological intuitions.


Introduction: Reading Shelley on the Bicentenary of his Death – Will Bowers and Mathelinda Nabugodi

Radical Elegy: Adonais, Am/TrakAnahid Nersessian

“Dolce Stil Novo”: EpipsychidionValentina Varinelli

Old Anew: HellasMathelinda Nabugodi

More of Talk: “Julian and Maddalo” – Will Bowers

“Complicated Windings”: “Mont Blanc” – Andrew Hodgson

“Passions Read”: “Ozymandias” – Erica McAlpine

Unbinding Forgiveness: Prometheus Unbound – Alexander Freer

Deep Time: Queen Mab – Andrew Burkett

Autobiography’s Forms: “The …read more

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CFP: Gothic Women

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

2023: The Year of Gothic Women. An interdisciplinary project devoted to spotlighting undervalued and understudied women writers

The year 2023 marks the bicentenary of both Ann Radcliffe’s death and two major publications for Mary Shelley: the first edition of Valperga and the second edition of Frankenstein,which now bore her name as author. The Gothic Women Project showcases exciting new strands of research on women’s writing in the Gothic mode, focusing on underappreciated texts by major authors as well as works by marginalised figures. Building on our successful online seminar series, this conference brings scholars into conversation with creative writers, artists, and heritage professionals. We aim to examine the different ways in which the Gothic raises questions of self-definition in a time of crisis, to explore the diversity of women’s Gothic writing in the Romantic period, and to celebrate the afterlives and legacies of this work through the centuries. Collectively, we will challenge mainstream narratives, including those of nationhood, gender, sexuality, and race. Our conference is built on the principles of inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility; we are committed to furthering such principles within and beyond the academy.

Plenary Speakers

Professor Eileen M. Hunt (University of Notre Dame)

Dr Maisha Wester (University of Sheffield & Indiana …read more

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William Blake – Film Season – London

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Drawing inspiration from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, this film season focuses on contemporary filmmakers around the world who tell stories from the child’s perspective.

William Blake describes Songs of Innocence and Experience as “the two contrary states of the human soul.” The poems in Songs of Innocence are about a youthful, gullible character, who has a naive perspective on the world, while the poems in Songs of Experience are more self-aware, developed, and resilient.

The films presented in this season explore the subject of children’s lives and how they offer different perspectives on culture, religion, and society.

Summer 1993

Summer 1993 is a simple and gentle film about six-year-old Frida, who after the unexplained death of her mother must live with her Aunt and Uncle and their daughter. Carla Simon’s debut feature is a moving semi-autobiographical tale that beautifully reimagines her own childhood, in which she explores the five stages of grief through Frida’s point of view. The depiction of grief never feels laboured and somehow manages to be alluring, bringing simplicity to a subject that is somewhat complex. The film is a serene tale about the loss of childhood innocence and the beginning of a new life.

Date: 25th …read more

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CFP – Tales of Terror conference

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan


University of Warwick, 15-16th December 2022

“Horrors belong as naturally to the fireside, as fireside belongs to Christmas” declares the narrator of the
piece “Fireside Horrors for Christmas” in the December 1847 issue of Dublin University Magazine. This
image of “popular fireside stories or winter’s tales” exchanged in communal settings had, as the late
Catherine Belsey explained, a “long vernacular tradition” (2010). Furthermore, it was, she argues, a
practice that often-challenged orthodox institutional discourse about, for example, the “true meaning” of
Christmas or the origins of ghosts and tapped into secular and “pagan” rituals and practices. The later
transference of this hearth-side image into textual and visual print, not only as content, but as collective
reading activities has helped immortalise Winter and/or Christmas and the Gothic as ideal bedfellows, not
only in Western cultures but in the wider global imagination. Periodicals of the nineteenth-century such
as Household Words, Belgravia, and The Strand capitalised on the wider Christmas market and the desire
for ghost stories in their specific Christmas Numbers including accompanying illustrations, while an
increasing number of collections and anthologies began to emerge and have remained extremely popular
gifts, from collections of Dickens’s Christmas ghost stories, to Edward Wagenknecht’s 1947 anthology
The Fireside Book of Ghost …read more

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Five Questions: Julia Banister on Masculinity, Militarism and Eighteenth-Century Culture

By Matthew Sangster

Julia Banister is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Leeds Beckett University. She is an interdisciplinary literary scholar with particular interests in bringing literary texts together with other forms of writing and in exploring the relationship between texts and historical contexts. Her research specialisms include gender and the body; war and military service; disability studies; and travel writing. She has published on authors including William Falconer, Laurence Sterne and Jane Austen. Her monograph Masculinity, Militarism and Eighteenth-Century Culture, 1689–1815, which we discuss below, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.

1) How did you first become interested in military masculinities?

My interest began with the study of masculinity, which I can trace to studying women’s writing when I was an undergraduate. When I started my doctoral research, I turned to the study of masculinity, which was then a comparatively new field. It might seem odd now, but early scholars of masculinity (many of whom were sociologists) worried about turning the critical spotlight to men, or rather, turning it back to men: what might that mean for gender studies more broadly? Would the new focus on men undermine efforts by feminist scholars to …read more

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Applications invited: The Pforzheimer Grants

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The Pforzheimer Grants are awarded each year to support research in Romantic-era literature and culture. The awards honor Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr. (1907-1996), past president, vigorous advocate, and most generous benefactor of our Association. An investment banker and philanthropist, he also served as head of The Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation, established by his parents. The Foundation has long been distinguished for funding scholarship in early nineteenth-century English literature.

The Keats-Shelley Association awarded the first Pforzheimer Grants in 2000. Past winners have used the award to fund research travel to work with archives in Ghana, Jamaica, Spain, and the UK.

Preference is given to projects involving subjects featured in The Keats-Shelley Journal, the Association’s annual publication, including projects engaging race, empire, gender, class, and global Romanticisms. Advanced graduate students, untenured faculty, and independent scholars working outside the academy are eligible.

Each grant is worth $3,000.
The deadline for 2023 awards is November 1, 2022.

Advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and untenured faculty.

To provide funding for research expenses related to scholarship in Romantic-era literature and culture. Projects need not be author-based nor focus on Keats or the Shelleys. K-SAA invites research that expands traditional definitions of the field and its …read more

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Five Questions: Jennie Batchelor on the Lady’s Magazine

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By Matthew Sangster

Jennie Batchelor is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Kent. Her research interests include women’s writing; authorship and anonymity; periodicals and women’s magazines; representations of gender; the politics and practices of work; sexuality and the body; book history; material culture studies; and the eighteenth-century charity movement. Her books include Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690s-1820s (co-edited with Manushag N. Powell; Edinburgh University Press, 2018), Women’s Work: Labour, Gender and Authorship (Manchester University Press, 2010) and Jane Austen Embroidery: Authentic Embroidery Projects for Modern Stitchers (Pavillion, 2020). She recently gave the Marilyn Butler Memorial Lecture at BARS/NASSR 2022; her excellent talk drew on the research that fed into her newest monograph, The Lady’s Magazine (1770-1832) and the Making of Literary History (Edinburgh University Press, 2022), which we discuss below.

1) How did you first become interested in the Lady’s Magazine?

My fascination with the Lady’s Magazine began in 1998 when I was in the early stages of my PhD dissertation on dress and the female body in eighteenth-century literature and culture. …read more

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Gothic Women: Gothic Histories

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Monday 12 September, 5pm – Online

“The writer of romance is to be considered as the writer of real history” (William Godwin)

From the eighteenth century onwards, the genres of the Gothic novel and the historical novel have been intertwined. Indeed, the Gothic has been described as “a mode of history” (Punter) – a way of exploring “the peculiar unwillingness of the past to go away” (Sage and Smith). In Gothic texts, tales that have been forgotten or suppressed re-emerge, as power struggles centre on accounts of the past: whose stories we hear, and who shapes them. Women’s fiction has often deployed these themes to interrogate dominant narratives, imagining new approaches to the ghosts of the past. The anniversary seminar of the Gothic Women Project will celebrate this lineage, exploring the rich relationship between the Gothic and the historical novel from the early days of the genre through to the turbulent interwar years of the twentieth century.


Professor Jim Watt (University of York): Clara Reeve (title tbc)

Dr Kaley Kramer (Sheffield Hallam University): Falling through the gaps: Sophia Lee’s ruined histories

Tickets and further details here

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Wordsworth Grasmere: Romanticism webinars in August and September

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The Wordsworths and Gardening

25 August, 7.30pm, Online

Dr Jeremy Davies and Dr Jane Roberts join Principal Curator Jeff Cowton to discuss their work, including a project to return the Garden-Orchard at Dove Cottage to the character and spirit in which the Wordsworths knew it. They will also share some of William and Dorothy’s writing on plants, as well as look at manuscripts and books from the Wordsworth Trust’s collection including the Wordsworths’ copy of William Withering’s An arrangement of British plants. This event accompanies ‘Experiments in Land and Society, 1793–1833‘, an Arts and Humanities Research Council project that is supporting new research into the garden and historically informed enhancements to the outdoor spaces at Dove Cottage.

Tickets and details here.

Refuge from the Ravens: Wordsworth rewritten by homeless Britain
8 September, 7.30pm, Online

In 1798, Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge sparked a literary revolution. Poems in everyday language told of people on the margins of society. Our new exhibition, Refuge from the Ravens: Wordsworth rewritten by homeless Britain, is a twenty-first century remix — new Lyrical Ballads made by people with experience of homelessness, and other vulnerable people, in poetry, art and song. In this online …read more

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