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Shelley declares his atheism in a hotel registry

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A hotel registry entry for the Hôtel de Londres in Chamonix dated 23 July 1816 contains a comment, in Percy Shelley's hand and written in Greek, declaring, "I am a lover of mankind, a democrat and an atheist." The registry document has just resurfaced in the Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge, and was recently documented on the library's blog. The circumstances behind the document has also been explored more fully on Graham Henderson's blog. At the latter site, a high resolution image of the registry is available, embedded below:

See both blog posts for an account of the public scandal Shelley's comment provoked. 

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Frankenstein Bicentennial Opportunity

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On June 14 and 15, the Brocher Foundation, Arizona State University, Duke University, and the University of Lausanne will host “Frankenstein’s Shadow,” a symposium in Geneva, Switzerland to commemorate the origin of Frankenstein and assess its influence in different times and cultures.  The Center for Science and Imagination at Arizona State University is accepting applications to sponsor one scholar to participate in the event. All allowable, workshop-related travel expenses (e.g., economy round-trip airfare, 2-3 nights in the symposium hotel, transfers, and meals) will be covered.

Additionally, all the pertinent information, including a link to apply,  can be found at http://frankenstein.asu.edu/apply/

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The Shelley-Godwin Archive Releases the Prometheus Unbound fair copy notebooks

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The Shelley Godwin Archive has just announced the release of P.B. Shelley's Prometheus Unbound fair copy notebooks, consisting of Bodleian MSS. Shelley e.1, e.2, and e.3. Details about the new publication can be found in Neil Fraistat's press release, but briefly put, the publication brings new content and functionality to the archive: 

As with our earlier release of the Frankenstein manuscripts, these manuscripts all appear as high quality page images accompanied by full transcriptions, and they are encoded in a schema based upon the Text Encoding Initiative’s guidelines for “Representation of Primary Resources,” enabling researchers, editors, and students to pursue a variety of scholarly investigations. Our encoding captures important aspects of the composition process, tracing the revisionary evolution of primary manuscripts and enabling users to see and search for additions, deletions, substitutions, retracings, insertions, transpositions, shifts in hand, displacements, paratextual notes, and other variables related to the composition process.

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For this release, the S-GA team invested in refining the design of the site to improve users’ experience of navigating the rich contents of the Archive. Most notably, the contents of S-GA can all be accessed by Manuscript (with page images ordered by their sequence in the manuscript), or by Work (with page images ordered by their linear sequence in the work, e.g., Acts and scenes). The Frankenstein manuscript page images have been refactored so that they can be accessed in all of the complicated arrangements and rearrangements through which they have descended to us over time.

The notebooks just published also contain fair copies of his lyric poems “Ode to Heaven” and “Misery.—A Fragment,” as well as his draft translation of Plato’s Ion.

 

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The Darwins Reconsidered: A One-Day Colloquium

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THE DARWINS RECONSIDERED: EVOLUTION, WRITING & INHERITANCE
IN THE WORKS OF ERASMUS & CHARLES DARWIN, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

This colloquium - looking at both Darwins in connection with literature - will take place at the University of Roehampton (SW London) on 4 September, 2015. For programme of speakers, directions and details of registration, please follow this link:

https://darwinsreconsidered.wordpress.com/

If you have any queries, please contact one of the organizers, Dr Louise Lee (Louise.Lee@roehampton.ac.uk) or Professor Martin Priestman (m.priestman@roehampton.ac.uk)

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New International Association of Byron Societies site launched

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The International Association of Byron Societies (IABS) has unveiled a new Web site, available at http://www.internationalassociationofbyronsocieties.org/. Along with a fresh design, the site contains information and links about Lord Byron, the IABS' member organizations, conference announcements, and news.

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CFP: The Transnational Reception of Waterloo in the 19th Century

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On the occasion of the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, the Centre for Reception Studies (http://www.receptionstudies.be) of the KU Leuven (University of Leuven) organizes an international conference on "The Transnational Reception of Waterloo in the 19th Century" on 18 and 19 June 2015 (200 years to the day of the Battle).

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

Jeffrey N. Cox (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Philip Shaw (University of Leicester)
Norbert Eke (Universität Paderborn)
Peter Philipp Riedl (Universität Freiburg)
Jean-Marc Largeaud (Université François Rabelais de Tours)
Philippe Raxhon (Université de Liège)
Jeroen Van Zanten (Universiteit Amsterdam)
Janneke Weijermars (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)

All further details and the full call for papers can be found on the conference website: http://www.waterloo19.be.

Please send proposals (max. 250 words) for 20-minute papers to tom.toremans@kuleuven.be before 20 March 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 April 2015.

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CFP: The Romantic Eye, 1760–1860 and Beyond

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The Romantic Eye, 1760–1860 and Beyond
April 17, 2015-April 18, 2015
Call For Papers
Yale University

This symposium examines Romanticism as a shape-shifting cultural phenomenon
that resists easy categorization. Focusing on the period from 1760 to 1860,
the symposium embraces the amorphousness that has been ascribed to
Romanticism historically by eschewing any limiting definition of it, seeking
instead to explore the broad range of art and visual culture characterized as
“Romantic” during this hundred-year span. We are interested in what the
Romantic “eye” pursued and perceived, and how it set itself the task of
recording those perceptions. In addition to interrogations of the
relationship between the visual arts and Romanticism, we welcome papers on
writers, composers, scientists, and philosophers whose projects engaged the
visual. Papers also are sought for a special panel that will address the
legacies of Romanticism in contemporary art.

This symposium coincides with a major collaborative exhibition organized by
the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, The
Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760–1860, which opens March 6, 2015. The
exhibition comprises more than three hundred paintings, sculptures, medals,
watercolors, drawings, prints, and photographs by such iconic artists as
William Blake, John Constable, Honoré Daumier, David d’Angers, Eugène
Delacroix, Henry Fuseli, Théodore Géricault, Francisco de Goya, John
Martin, and J. M. W. Turner. Talks that respond explicitly to works in the
collections of the Yale Center for British Art or the Yale University Art
Gallery are particularly encouraged, as are cross-disciplinary and
comparative studies.

We are seeking presentations of thirty minutes in length. Graduate students
and early career scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. Travel and
accommodation costs will be covered by the organizers. Please e-mail
abstracts of no more than three hundred words and a short CV or bio (no more
than two pages) by February 2, 2015, to romanticism2015@gmail.com.

The symposium is cosponsored by the Department of the History of Art at Yale
University, the Yale Center for British Art, the Yale University Art Gallery,
and the Yale Student Colloquia Fund.

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Podcast: Launch of The Letters of William Godwin, Volume II: 1798-1805

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To mark the publication of Volume II of the Letters of William Godwin, a number of scholars convened for a colloquium at Wolfson College, Oxford, on 18 November 2014.

The four talks, by Pamela Clemit, Mark Philp, Jenny McAuley, and Jon Mee, have been released as a podcast. They highlight the breadth and diversity of Godwin’s life and correspondence between 1798 and 1805.

Listen to the podcast here.

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CFP deadline approaching: 23rd Annual British Women Writers Conference

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23rd Annual Meeting of the British Women Writers Conference

June 25th-27th, 2015

Hosted by The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
at The Heyman Center, Columbia University

Relations

The British Women Writers Conference will engage the theme of “Relations” for its 23rd annual meeting to be held in New York City. The inspiration for this theme comes from Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, who taught at the Graduate Center from 1998-2009, and whose investment in relations continues to inspire new ways of looking at the richness and variance of (dis)connection. One of her last courses, “Reading Relations,” explored literary constructions and alternative understandings of relationality (the syllabus for the course can be seen at http://evekosofskysedgwick.net/teaching/reading-relations.html). Sedgwick’s interdisciplinary approach informs our conference’s investments. In this spirit, we invite papers—as well as panel proposals—that focus on possible interpretations of and approaches to relationality across a broad spectrum of topics, methods, and disciplines. We would welcome investigations of interaction, exchange, correlation, or conjunction. Alternately, treatments might focus on relationality as a political, historical, global, social, personal, critical or textual phenomenon.

For paper proposals, please send a 300-word abstract and a short bio (in a single attachment) to bwwc2015@gmail.com by January 5th, 2015. For full panel proposals, please compile all proposals, along with a brief rationale for the panel, into a single document. Papers and panels must address the theme and its application to British women’s writing of the long 18th- or 19th-centuries.

The conference Web site and full CFP is available here: https://britishwomenwriters2015.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

Conceptual Relations:
Influence (literary or otherwise)
Subject-Object relations
Human-Animal relations
Human-Machine relations
Darwinian relations
Affect
Connection
Complementarity
Synthesis
Affiliation
Collaboration
Spatial arrangements/Bodies in space
Communication

Personal Relations:
Sexual relations/Intimate relations
Interiority
Domestic arrangements
Care-giving, professional and personal
Courtship/Marriage/Divorce
Familial Relationships/Kinship
Friendship
Global Relations:
Cosmopolitanism
Economic systems
Trade
Exploration
Anthropological interactions

Social/Political Relations:
Social arrangements
Class relations
Labor relations
Gender relations
Community
Political relationships
Revolutionary relations
Colonial relations
Race relations
Cross-national/cross-cultural relations
Historical connections

Critical/Textual Relations:
Theoretical approaches
Hermeneutic relations
Reader relations
Biographical relationships
Literary circles/networks
Relations between literary forms/genres/traditions/conventions
Palimpsests
Pedagogical Relations:
Pedagogical approaches
Text-Media relations
Interdisciplinarity
Adaptations

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CFP: John Keats: Poet-Physician, Physician-Poet, 1815-1821

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The Keats Foundation announces its second bicentenary conference, to be held from the afternoon of Friday 1 until the evening of Sunday 3 May 2015 at Guy’s Hospital London. The conference marks the 200th anniversary of John Keats enrolling to study medicine at Guy’s Hospital in 1815.

Confirmed speakers include Druin Birch, Jeffrey Cox, Stuart Curran, Damian Walford Davies, Jenny Uglow, R. S. White.

The conference will be held on the 29th floor of Guy’s Hospital Tower Building - with extensive views of the City of London.

We will visit the surroundings of Guy’s Hospital, including the celebrated John Keats statue in the quadrangle. One of our receptions will be held in the Old Operating Theatre at Guy’s, giving participants an opportunity to gather around the operating table with glasses of wine. Our second reception and buffet-banquet will be held in private, wood-panelled rooms at the historic seventeenth-century George Inn – London’s only surviving galleried inn.

Call for Papers
Proposals for 20-minute papers are invited, under the broad heading of ‘John Keats: Poet-Physician / Physician-Poet’. We particularly welcome papers on the relation of Keats’s poetry, letters, life and times to any of the following:

  • Medicine / poetry and medicine
  • Romantic-era hospitals
  • Medical training
  • Surgery / dissection / anatomy
  • Prescriptions and the pharmacopoeia
  • Infection / disease
  • Tuberculosis / consumption
  • Healing
  • Women’s health
  • Medical texts
  • Wounds
  • Nerves
  • Mercury
  • Hypochondria
  • Melancholia
  • Hallucination and drugs

This list offers some starting points for presentations and is not intended to limit possible topics. For obvious reasons, however, all papers should have a Keatsian focus.

Please send 200-word proposals as an email attached document to the conference administrator, Hrileena Ghosh hg27@st-andrews.ac.uk by 15 January 2015. Please ensure that your proposal is headed with your paper title, your name, institutional affiliation, and an e-mail contact address. Acceptances will be issued by 31 January at the latest; please let us know if you have a deadline for travel or funding.

Please note: the conference registration fee will be confirmed when Registration opens in January 2015, and is likely to be in the region of £150 (full rate)/£90 (postgraduates and unwaged), inclusive of the two receptions; £100/£50 conference attendance only. Lunches, coffees, teas, biscuits, cakes and other refreshments are all included, as are conference stationary and electronic resources. When submitting your paper proposal, please would you indicate whether you would like to attend the receptions. Every effort has been made to keep registration fees to a minimum. Travel and accommodation arrangements are left to delegates’ discretion.

Nicholas Roe (John Keats. A New Life)
Richard Marggraf Turley (Bright Stars: John Keats, Barry Cornwall and Romantic Literary Culture)
Sarah Wootton (Consuming Keats: Nineteenth-Century Representations in Art and Literature)

Preliminary announcement:
We hope that the 2016 Keats Foundation bicentennial conference will be held at John Keats’s Margate.

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