Constable at the National Gallery, Washington

"Constable's Great Landscapes: the Six-Foot Paintings"
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.
October 1-December 31, 2006

John Constable regarded the six foot-long landscapes that he began to paint in 1818–1819 as his most serious and significant achievements. This exhibition will focus on these great paintings and the full-size oil sketches for them. See the Gallery's Website for more information.

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CFP: Race and Ethnicity in the Nineteenth Century

"Race and Ethnicity in the Nineteenth Century"
28th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (NCSA)
Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, March 8-10, 2007

We invite submission of papers and panel proposals that explore all aspects of race and ethnicity in the 19th century, from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Topics might connect race and ethnicity with social identity or social control; with land use, ecology, city planning or industrialism; with emigration and immigration patterns; with aesthetics or with the sciences; with gender and sexuality. The organizers encourage the broadest interpretation of the topic, and the widest application to cultural phenomena.

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Romantic Circles Audio: Thomas Laqueur

Romantic Circles is very pleased to present here a special audio podcast of the plenary address delivered Saturday evening, 2 September 2006, at the NASSR/NAVSA 2006 conference at Purdue University by Thomas Laqueur of the University of California, Berkeley: "Burning the Dead from Shelley to the Late Victorians."

The entire address is downloadable in two parts (approx. 24 MB each) by clicking on the speaker icons below.

part one

part two

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Betty T. Bennett

Dr. Betty T. Bennett, distinguished professor of literature and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at American University, Washington, D.C., died at Sibley Hospital on Saturday, August 12, after an heroic five-year battle with lung cancer. She was 71.

A proud native of Brooklyn, New York, Betty graduated from Brooklyn College magna cum laude and later earned her MA and PhD from New York University in English and American literature. She was internationally recognized and frequently published as a major scholar of Romantic literature, doing authoritative work on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and on the Shelley Circle. She also served on numerous boards, held leadership positions in many scholarly societies, and directed conferences.

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