By Anthony Mandal In July, I travelled to Sydney to take part in the second biannual conference of the Romantic Studies Association of Australasia. Founded in 2010, the RSAA aims ‘to promote the study of the literary, artistic, political, and scientific culture of the “long” Romantic period (c. 1750–1850)’ in the Australasian region through a programme of activities […] …read more
Is Wordsworth, as George Monbiot argues, responsible for promoting a falsely benign view of agriculture, and therefore indirectly responsible for the damage it’s done to the Lakes? Interesting at least that Wordsworth’s influence is seen as being so great.
With the second Creative Communities workshop imminent (Metropolitan Institutions, 20-12 September, UCL), we’re excited to be building on the foundation of the stimulating inaugural event, Dissenters and Evangelicals, held at the University of Leeds and the Leeds Library, 5-6 April 2013.
Professors John Mee and John Whale were on hand at the end of the Dissenters and Evangelicals workshop to consider the outcomes of the event, and the upcoming challenges for the Creative Communities Network. For a taste of what the event had to offer, click on the link below for a video of this closing discussion:
The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of an electronic edition of Visions of the Daughters of Albion copy H, in the Rosenbach Museum and Library, and the republication in full searchable mode of Blake’s sixteen engravings in John Gabriel Stedman’s Narrative, of a Five Years’ Expedition, against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam (1796). We are presenting two versions of these plates, one with the designs uncolored and one with the designs hand colored.
Visions, extant in eighteen complete copies, consists of eleven relief-etched plates executed and first printed in 1793. Copy H was produced in Blake’s first printing session and joins copies a, A, B, C, E, I, and J (1793), F (c. 1794), G (1795), and O and P (c. 1818), previously published in the Archive. Probably to lend variety to his stock of copies on hand, Blake used three ink colors in this first printing: yellow ochre (as in copy A), raw sienna (copies B, C, and E), and green (copies H, I, and J). Like all early copies of Visions, copy H has the frontispiece printed on one side of a leaf, but all other plates are printed on both …read more
Thanks to all those who attended the ‘Romantic Victorians’ symposium at Durham University, 18th July 2013, for a highly enjoyable and productive event.
Arriving in Tokyo without sufficient knowledge of Japanese, I was overwhelmed with writing. I was used to the signposts of the Roman alphabet, even in places previously traveled where I had not known the language. The Roman alphabet faded into the background contours of the cities I wandered, though I remember a long English description etched on a Helsinki store window that made me laugh aloud as it transformed my language into a whimsical nonsense nature poem. Alan Watts once spoke of “the sensible contexts in which nonsense may have its way.” Here global capitalism—that allegedly sensible model of selling, selecting and buying—revealed itself as the freighter of nonsense.
We invite proposals for an international Romanticism conference, to be
held at the University of Tokyo on June 13–15, 2014. This event will
bring together four scholarly societies from three continents: it is a
supernumerary conference of the North American Society for the Study
of Romanticism (NASSR), also supported by the British Association for
Romantic Studies (BARS), the German Society for English Romanticism
(GER), and the Japan Association of English Romanticism (JAER).
Over the last two decades, there has been sustained scholarly interest
in the connections between European Romanticism and the peoples,
cultures, and literatures of the rest of the world. While our approach
will be informed by the legacy of Saidian “Orientalism,” we are
particularly interested in models of intercultural connection which
refine or challenge totalizing models of domination and subordination.
We welcome papers that shed light upon the question of “connection”
from the broadest range of perspectives: imaginative, linguistic,
material, social, sexual, scientific, economic, and political.
Drawing on our location in Tokyo, we will use this conference to
consider the broader task of forging connections between Eastern and
Western literature and scholarship. In a Japanese context, the idea of
interpersonal “connection” (kizuna) takes on a different resonance,
because of its close connection to the project of recovery (saisei)
following the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. This
conference wishes …read more
By Jo Taylor
Hampshire Field. Photo: Peter Jordan
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.
Even Fuseli’s 1781 painting “The Nightmare” (below) – which seemingly depicts the contents of the female sleeper’s febrile imagination …read more