June 2005

Jerwood Center opens in Grasmere

The new Jerwood Center recently opened in Grasmere near Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum. Its purpose is to offer scholars access to its collection of manuscripts and books. See this story in the New York Times for 21 June (password required).

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Poets on Poets: Paschen and Fammeree

The Romantic Circles Poets on Poets audio archive publishes weekly MP3s--contemporary poets reading romantic poems. You can listen and download the files for use on your computer or iPod, and follow links to a brief biography of the reader and to the text of the poem he or she is reading. This week, we've posted Richard Fammerée reading Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and last week Elise Paschen reading "To Autumn" went online.

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CFP: British Women Writers Conference

The 14th Annual Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Conference
March 23-26, 2006
The University of Florida

Call for Papers

This year's theme, "(Re)Collecting British Women Writers," encourages interdisciplinary approaches to writers of the period, with a special interest in issues related to archival scholarship and memory and how those issues manifest themselves in collections, exhibitions, and canons.

We are very pleased to announce that our keynote speakers will be Talia Schaffer (CUNY-Queens College), Carolyn Steedman (University of Warwick), and Lynne Vallone (Texas A&M University).

We encourage proposals focusing on but not limited to:

Collections and Archives:

- Politics of display and archiving
- Textual and physical collections
- Intersections of written and visual arts
- Collecting in the (pseudo)sciences
- Exhibiting the empire
- The family: children's culture
- Collections and archives in the classroom

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Poets reading Poets (MP3)

Romantic Circles is delighted to announce the release of Poets on Poets, a major new audio archive devoted to gathering recordings of Romantic-period poems read by contemporary poets. The inaugural readings, just released, include Robert Pinsky reciting Keats's "Ode to a Nightingale." as well as other recitations you can see below. In the preface to the archive, Jerome McGann reflects upon "Recitation Considered as a Fine Art."

New readings will be added weekly, podcast-style, with over 100 forthcoming recordings by poets including Rae Armantrout, Lyn Heninian, Stephen McCaffery, Ira Sadoff, Rachel Blau Du Plessis, Charles Bernstein, Stanley Plumly, Molly Peacock, Cleopatra Mathis, and Rod Mengham.

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