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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Woodring to deliver Marchand Lecture

Our server in Maryland was down for a while this week thanks to Hurricane Isabel. Charlie Robinson e-mailed yesterday from Delaware: "as I look out at the woods in the back yard. I see some swaying trees up 120 feet. So far winds here are merely 30 miles an hour--and I think we will get only the fringes of the storm." He was writing to ask me to post the following announcement:

Carl Woodring, Woodberry Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, noted scholar and author and editor of numerous works, including Politics in English Romantic Poetry and Coleridge’s Table Talk for the Collected Coleridge, will deliver the Fourth Annual Leslie A. Marchand Memorial Lecture on Friday, October 3, 2003, at 4:00pm, at The University of Delaware, 127 Memorial Hall, Newark, DE:

Pforzheimer Grants

Doucet Fischer works in a wonderful place: the wood-paneled book-lined offices of the Pforzheimer Collection of the New York Public Library. Here’s a reminder from her about a funding opportunity specifically for advanced graduate students, junior faculty members, and independent scholars.

digital romanticism

One of the interesting things for me about the field of "Romanticism” right now is the way it’s being redefined around the edges, as it were, when it comes not to the canon but to its own material modes of production—not so much what we read and study as how we get our scholarship done. A case in point is our good friend, Matt Kirschenbaum, who is not a Romanticist per se but is an English professor specializing in digital studies.


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