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Messolonghi Byron Society

The Byron Society shares with us this new URL from Greece and the Messolonghi Byron Society, which is "devoted to promoting scholarly and general understanding of Lord Byron's life and poetry as well as cultivating appreciation for other historical figures in the 19th-century international Philhellenic movement."

http://wiz.cath.vt.edu/byron/index.html

Be sure to see the photo gallery.

"Crossing the Channel" in New York

Back on September 8, 2003, we posted a report from Andrew Elfenbein on an exhibit in Minneapolis, Crossing the Channel. The exhibit has since moved to New York’s Metropolitan Museum, and we’re pleased to have received this firsthand review of the exhibit by Karl Kroeber of Columbia University.

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NASSR 2004 in Colorado

We're happy to pass along this announcement from Jeff Cox about the upcoming NASSR conference in Boulder, CO.

I and the rest of the crew of Colorado Romanticists (David Ferris, Jill Heydt-Stevenson, and Jeffrey Robinson at Boulder, Brad Mudge in Denver, Susan Taylor in Colorado Springs, William Davis  at Colorado College,  Celestine Woo at Fort Lewis College and our graduate assistant, Terry Robinson) are looking forward to having everyone in Boulder next September for NASSR 2004, "Romantic Cosmopolitanism."

What are you working on? (Susan Wolfson)

We asked: "What are you working on?" Susan Wolfson answered with this list:

1. Peter Manning and I are currently writing new introductions and
updating the Further Reading lists for two Penguin Byrons: our edition
of Selected Poems, and the Steffan/Pratt Don Juan.

2. I'm now general editor of the Longman Cultural Editions, and am
supervising various projects, in various stages of development, including
my own edition of John Keats (with a fresh editing of key letters from
holographs)

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What are you teaching? (Neil Fraistat)

Today I turned (virtually) to my co-editor, Neil Fraistat, and asked, "what are you teaching?"

This semester, I’ve been teaching a graduate seminar entitled “Technoromanticism,” which is exploring the extent to which the ideological formations of Romanticism both underlie and resist the way technology is imagined in contemporary culture through poetry, fiction, film, MOOs, and computer gaming. I derived the title of the course from Richard Coyne's Technoromanticism, which argues that contemporary understandings of the computer, “with its promises of interconnectivity, subversion of hierarchy, restoration of the tribe, revitalism of democracy, and new holism”--all have their historical roots in Enlightenment and Romantic thought.

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Keats-Shelley Memorial Association Centenary Events in Rome

We were grateful to receive today this detailed dispatch from Nora Crook on last week's events in Rome.

It is a hundred years since the two American writers who lodged at Piazza di Spagna 26, where Keats had died in February 1821, alerted the American and British community in Rome to an imminent threat: the decrepit house was due to be demolished to make way for a hotel. The result was the formation of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and an international fund-raising campaign to purchase and to preserve the house. It finally opened in 1909 as the Keats-Shelley Museum. The centenary also coincides with the refurbishment of the Museum, which has undergone major repairs and redecoration under the curatorship of the energetic Catherine Payling and the direction of the architect Roberto Einaudi. The familiar sugar-almond pink of the exterior is now a warm apricot, close to the original colour.

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Nicholas Roe to Lecture at Byron Centre, Nottingham

On November 13, Nicholas Roe will be giving a lecture at the University of Nottingham, sponsored by the Centre for Byron Studies and the School of English Studies at the University, on "Lord Byron, Leigh Hunt and Some Contemporaries, 1816." The flyer below contains further details, but note that anyone who is planning to attend is asked to RSVP as soon as possible to rebecca.peck@nottingham.ac.uk .

John Keats b. 31 Oct. 1795

Today is anniversary of Keats's birth, so we thought we'd use the opportunity to direct attention to some materials on the Web from the British Library exhibit of a few years back:

http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/keats.html

Besides a few facsimiles and mini-essays, you'll find audio files (in Real Audio format) including a brief clip of the song of the European nightingale.

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