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CFP: James Hogg and Romanticism

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Crossing Borders: James Hogg and the Global Context of British Romanticism"

Twelfth James Hogg Society Conference
Mississippi University for Women
Columbus, Mississippi, USA
April 6-8, 2006

The twelfth James Hogg Society Conference will be held April 6-8, 2006, on the campus of Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Mississippi.

Papers are invited on any aspect of James Hogg. The conference is open to papers on all topics related to the life and works of James Hogg, as well as Hogg’s literary connections and influence. The conference organizers would especially welcome papers that address Hogg’s publication and reception in North America, as well as papers that make connections between Hogg’s works and North American writers. Reading time should not exceed twenty minutes.

Inquiries are welcomed at any time. Proposals or abstracts should be sent by
December 15, 2005, to

Dr. Thomas Richardson
Mississippi University for Women

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Keats-Shelley Memorial Association prize

THE KEATS–SHELLEY MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION invites applications for the Keats-Shelley Prize for 2005. Supported by the John S. Cohen Foundation and The School of English, University of St Andrews.

2005 Chairman of Judges: Stephen Fry, – Author, Actor, Comedian, Film Director. Judging Panel: Matthew Sweeney, John Hartley-Williams (Poetry). Professor Peter Kitson, Dr Seamus Perry (Essays).

Two competitions, open to all: an essay and a poem, £3,000 IN PRIZES, the winners’ work to be published.

The essay can be on any aspect of Keats’s or Shelley’s work or life, and should be of 2,000-3,000 words, including quotations. Preference will be given to entries showing originality of thought and written in a clear and accessible style. All sources must be acknowledged.

The poem (which may be a narrative) must be original, unpublished and not a parody. It should focus on a Romantic theme associated with "ghosts." It may be of any length up to 50 lines.

Other conditions of entry:

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CFP MLA 2005: Wordsworth-Coleridge Association

The Wordsworth-Coleridge Association invites papers for its sessions
at the Modern Language Association Convention in Washington, D.C.,
December 27-30, 2005.

SESSION TOPIC: Landmark Works. Inspired by Seamus Perry's essay in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Meyer Abrams' The Mirror and The Lamp (Essays in Criticism 54 [2004] 260-82), we invite paper proposals focusing on landmark critical works in the field of Romanticism during the last fifty years, including books by M.H. Abrams, Carl Woodring, Geoffrey Hartman, Karl Kroeber, Earl Wasserman, Robert Langbaum, David Erdman, Kenneth Neil Cameron, E.P. Thompson, Harold Bloom, Marilyn Butler, indeed all the great scholars who shaped our field and our thinking in the U.K. or in North America. Essays should describe the contribution made by specific critical work(s) to the discipline of Romantic studies and their continued significance.

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Conference: British Women Playwrights, 1780-1830

Conference: "British Women Playwrights, 1780-1830," at Chapman University, March 12, 2005.

Presented by Chapman University's Department of English and Comparative Literature, with additional assistance provided by the School of Communication Arts.

The day of lectures, papers and panels will feature a performance of Hannah Cowley's A Bold Stroke for a Husband, directed by Frederick Burwick, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 8:30 a.m., with the first session of papers to commence at 9:00 a.m. There will be a luncheon at 12:00 p.m., the matinee performance at 1:30, followed by the afternoon session of papers from 4:00 to 5:30. Featured plenary speakers are Anne Mellor and Jeffrey Cox. The conference banquet will commence at 7:00. A full list of paper titles and abstracts may be seen on the website for British Women Playwrights around 1800: http://www.etang.umontreal.ca/bwp1800/

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Steve Jones on NPR

Scott Simon interviewed Romantic Circle's own Steve Jones this morning on NPR about Byron's The Corsair, which made publishing history this week in 1814 by selling out its entire run of 10,000 copies on the first day of publication.

For more about Byron's poem and for a recording of the interview, visit http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4487368.

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Romantic Pedagogy Commons: Innovations

The first issue of the new peer-reviewed venue, Romantic Pedagogy Commons, called "Innovations," is now available at Romantic Circles. It offers numerous tools for teaching, some that are technologically innovative, others that make use of more traditional classroom practices but transfer them to the web (online slide shows, for instance). These tools are primarily for enhancing Romanticism classes, but some of them apply to any literature courses. Mark Phillipson presents the Wiki as an anti-authoritarian class tool: it de-centers classroom authority and participants produce an on line text book, as it were, authored collectively by the class members. Jerome McGann and Johanna Drucker describe IVANHOE, a new program (still in beta testing) that stimulates creative reading practices and interpretive activity among students in a literature course.

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Blake Archive: Divine Comedy illustrations

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of electronic editions of Blake's water color and engraved illustrations to Dante's Divine Comedy. Along with the illustrations to Edward Young's Night Thoughts, the poetry of Thomas Gray, and John Milton's poems, the Dante series of 102 water colors are among Blake's most important series of illustrations to another poet.

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Keats-Shelley Association mentoring project

The Keats-Shelley Association of America announces the inauguration of a three-year Mentoring Project. This project is designed to aid younger members of the profession in the crucial early stages of their careers by increasing the exchange of scholarly expertise and practical professional information between junior and senior scholars. If a senior scholar (who has earned tenure) would like to be a mentor (for one protégé), he or she should notify the Mentoring Committee, outlining briefly for us his or her range of scholarly or professional areas of expertise (e.g., Charlotte Smith, grant writing). Junior scholars who have earned the Ph.D. but not yet received tenure can request a mentor by describing their own scholarly interests and professional concerns. In March, the Mentoring Committee of the KSAA will match prospective mentors with prospective protégés. Mentors and protégés commit to one year of conversation (vocal, written, and/or electronic).

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