Keats in Slate Magazine

Today in Slate (the online magazine), you can find Keats's "To Autumn," with a brief headnote by the poet Robert Pinsky. The note suggests (among other observations) that "The fulfillment, the hovering, and the finality of autumn are so vivid in John Keats' 'To Autumn' that readers of English cannot be sure how much our perception of the season comes from this poem."

From that page you can also download a Windows Media audio file of Pinksy reading the poem.

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Coincidentally, Romantic Circles just this hour announced the publication of a new volume in our Praxis series: "Ode on a Grecian Urn": Hypercanonicity and Pedagogy. Edited and introduced by James O'Rourke, the volume contains eleven essays from a distinguished group of scholars focusing on how they teach Keats's "Urn" in courses ranging from introductory literature surveys to graduate seminars.

Hannah Cowley in New York

Tom Crochunis of Brown University writes to let us know about an intriguing theatrical production in New York. Anyone who attends the play is hereby invited to send us a brief review.

If any Romanticists out there are lucky enough to be in New York (but not unlucky enough to be Yankees fans--sorry, as a temporarily exuberant Red Sox fan I just had to say it), they should consider attending the current production of Hannah Cowley's The Belle's Strategem, which was just reviewed in The New York Times and Curtain Up.

Mary Shelley ceremony (Nora Crook)

Mary Shelley scholar Nora Crook sends us this report on last Friday’s Blue-Plaque ceremony in London. (See post for Sept. 29 below.)

The unveiling of a Blue Plaque on 24 Chester Square, Mary Shelley’s London home from 1846-1851, took place on Friday 3 October 2003 at 12 noon. About fifty people were present on a typical London autumn day, overcast but mild. Loyd Grossman spoke for English Heritage, which puts up Blue Plaques marking the residences of celebrated London-dwellers. (There are now nearly 800 such plaques, literary figures being well represented. Another be-plaqued house in Chester Square belonged to Matthew Arnold. ) Number 24, overlooking the leafy private square, is a handsome, stuccoed Grade II listed building in one of the most desirable residential districts of London. [cont'd]

Blue Plaque in London for Mary Shelley

Visitors to London will be familiar with the blue plaques found on buildings everywhere throughout the city to mark where a noted historical figure lived or worked. The first blue plaque was mounted in 1867 on Byron's house in London, according to the English Heritage Website:

William Richey: 1956-2003

I'm sorry to report that William Richey passed away on September 7 at age 47 from cancer. He taught in the English Department of University of South Carolina, where he served as Graduate Chair, 1997-2002 and won awards for his teaching. Bill received his BA from UC Berkeley, and his PhD from UCLA. He is the author of Blake's Altering Aesthetic and numerous articles. He also co-edited Lyrical Ballads and Related Writings with Dan Robinson and Reading Rock and Roll with Kevin Dettmar.

What are you working on? (Kevin Binfield)

From time to time we intend to use this blog to ask a scholar in our community, “What's on your desk right now? What are you working on?,” and then post the response. (We got the idea from The Believer magazine.) This seems a good way for all of us to keep up with new or forthcoming projects and to be inspired by their example. So we started by asking the question of Kevin Binfield of Murray State University.

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