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What are you teaching? (Laura Mandell)

Since we were online with Laura Mandell yesterday, we asked her the question: What are you teaching?

I am currently teaching a course called "Early British Romantic Writers," ranging roughly from 1789 to 1815:

http://www.users.muohio.edu/mandellc/eng339/eng339asyllabus.htm

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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.

Wat Tyler production in NY

This afternoon we received the following note from a member of the cast of an upcoming theatrical production in New York: a staging of Robert Southey’s famous (and famously-pirated) 1817 drama about the leader of the Peasants' Rebellion of 1381, Wat Tyler.

I wanted you know about a great theatrical matinee in New York City on Sunday afternoon, November 16, titled "Ethics Is A Living Thing!" This dramatic presentation on Robert Southey's Wat Tyler includes a performance of the play in its entirety, and stirring discussion of its history and meaning for people today.

The matinee is based on a 1970 lecture given by Eli Siegel, founder of the philosophy, Aesthetic Realism. It will take place at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation--a not-for-profit educational foundation in the SoHo section of New York.

New Romantic Circles Bibliography (Kyle Grimes)

Romantic Circles is happy to announce the publication of a redesigned and updated Publications page. At the heart of the page is a new Romantic Circles Bibliography, which offers tables of contents from selected Romanticism journals and, more important, annual listings of books likely to be of interest to Romanticists. The RCB is intended as a "browser's bibliography." While it does (or soon will) offer a limited search capability, it is not intended to compete with or replace the more robust research databases that are available from most university libraries. Instead, the RCB offers a convenient listing of recent books, complete (where possible) with links to publishers’ Websites and to online reviews--either on Romantic Circles itself or elsewhere on the web.

Forthcoming at RC Praxis (Orrin Wang)

Orrin Wang, Editor of the Romantic Circles Praxis series, which publishes peer-reviewed collections of original critical essays, writes with this preview of some volumes we can expect in the near future.

One of the most exciting sessions at the 2003 NASSR conference at Fordham in NYC was "Romantic Libraries," with papers by Ina Ferris, Heather Jackson, and Deirdre Lynch. I'm delighted to feature that session as a forthcoming volume on Romantic Circles Praxis, not simply because of the high quality of the essays (though there is that!) but also because it seems quite appropriate in this day and age to present the study of bibliomania in electronic form.

Bate Biography of John Clare

Jonathan Bate’s biography of the “peasant poet,” John Clare, has just been published (by Picador):

http://www.panmacmillan.com/books/october/johnclare/default.html

It was reviewed on October 10 by Simon Kovesi of Oxford Brookes University. Here’s the review, in The Independent:

http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/books/reviews/story.jsp?story=451687

Kovesi also publishes the John Clare page (hosted by Nottingham Trent University), which contains lots of Clare materials including some useful information on the copyright dispute surrounding his texts:

http://human.ntu.ac.uk/clare

Another review essay, by Christopher Caldwell and containing links to a good number of excerpts from the poems, appeared in Slate magazine yesterday:

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