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4-6 JANUARY 2006

The conference will feature plenary addresses by Ludmilla Jordanova (Cambridge), George Rousseau (Oxford) and David McCallam (Sheffield). We invite proposals for individual papers and especially for full panels of three (or, exceptionally, four papers) on any aspect of the long 18th century, not only in Britain but throughout Europe and the wider world. Such proposals might relate, inter alia, to architecture, art, curatorship, history, international relations, literature, music, politics, science, society, teaching practice and the eighteenth century outside Western Europe and North America. Please submit a 200-word abstract of the proposed paper or panel (including names of panel-speakers and summaries of panel papers), via the BSECS website at Papers should be 20 minutes long and should be read in English or French. Presentations in other languages are acceptable so long as transcripts, in English or French, are available for the audience.

The deadline for submission of papers and panel proposals is 30 September 2005. All enquiries regarding the academic programme of the conference should be addressed to the Programme Co-Ordinator, Dr. Matthew Grenby ( You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted by 21 October 2005. In the case of scholars travelling from outside the U.K. we shall endeavour to reach decisions earlier in order to facilitate travel arrangements. The deadline for conference registration will be 12 November 2005. To attend the conference without giving a paper, request an application form direct from the Venue Organiser, Dr. Chris Mounsey ( You can also download the registration form and find out more about BSECS from our website (

Five bursaries of £100 each will be available for graduate students whose papers have been accepted and who are registered for a higher degree at a U.K institution of higher education. In addition, accommodation costs and the conference fee will be waived for up to five scholars whose papers have been accepted and who are based in nations whose scholars cannot normally afford to attend conferences in Western Europe. Applications for bursaries, including a curriculum vitae and an indication of other sources of financial support, should reach Dr. Matthew Grenby by 28 October 2005 < >.

St. Hugh's College is set in fourteen acres of self-contained grounds and is surrounded by lawns, borders and mature trees, making it one of the loveliest hidden delights of Oxford. The College is within ten minutes walking distance of Oxford city centre.

Dr. Chris Mounsey
King Alfred's College
Sparkford Road
Winchester, SO22 4NR

Dr. Matthew Grenby
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU, U.K.

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CFP: The Romantic Novel

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Call for Papers

Midlands Romantic Seminar One-Day Conference:

"The Romantic Novel, 1790-1840"

Saturday 25th June 2005
Birmingham and Midland Institute, B3

Keynote speaker: Professor Kathryn Sutherland (St Anne's College, Oxford)

Submissions are invited for papers on any aspect of the late eighteenth or early nineteenth-century novel. Possible topics might include: the novel of sensibility, the Jacobin novel, Godwin, Mary Shelley, children's fiction, counter-revolutionary tracts, the Gothic novel, Scott, Charlotte Smith, Maria Edgeworth, Elizabeth Ferrier, Burney, Austen, Elizabeth Hamilton, Harriet Martineau, Disraeli, Bulwer-Lytton, William Ainsworth, the Newgate Novel, the Silver-Fork Novel, the historical novel, popular fiction, early Dickens etc.

Submissions from postgraduates welcomed. Please send a 300 word abstract by 15th May 2005, to Dr Gavin Budge:

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CFP: James Hogg and Romanticism

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CALL FOR PAPERS: "Crossing Borders: James Hogg and the Global Context of British Romanticism"

Twelfth James Hogg Society Conference
Mississippi University for Women
Columbus, Mississippi, USA
April 6-8, 2006

The twelfth James Hogg Society Conference will be held April 6-8, 2006, on the campus of Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Mississippi.

Papers are invited on any aspect of James Hogg. The conference is open to papers on all topics related to the life and works of James Hogg, as well as Hogg’s literary connections and influence. The conference organizers would especially welcome papers that address Hogg’s publication and reception in North America, as well as papers that make connections between Hogg’s works and North American writers. Reading time should not exceed twenty minutes.

Inquiries are welcomed at any time. Proposals or abstracts should be sent by
December 15, 2005, to

Dr. Thomas Richardson
Mississippi University for Women
1100 College Street—MUW 1634
Columbus, MS 39701 USA
Phone: (662) 329-7386
Fax: (662) 329-7387

Columbus is located in northeast Mississippi and is the birthplace of playwright Tennessee Williams. Mississippi University for Women is the first public college for women in America and includes writer Eudora Welty among its alumni. Tours of historic antebellum homes in Columbus (including Waverley Plantation) and other social events will be part of the conference. Columbus is only a 4½ -hour drive to Atlanta, New Orleans, or the Gulf Coast and, for Elvis and Blues fans, only 2½ hours to Memphis.
Dr. Sharon Alker
Assistant Professor of English & General Studies
Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA

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Keats-Shelley Memorial Association prize

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THE KEATS–SHELLEY MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION invites applications for the Keats-Shelley Prize for 2005. Supported by the John S. Cohen Foundation and The School of English, University of St Andrews.

2005 Chairman of Judges: Stephen Fry, – Author, Actor, Comedian, Film Director. Judging Panel: Matthew Sweeney, John Hartley-Williams (Poetry). Professor Peter Kitson, Dr Seamus Perry (Essays).

Two competitions, open to all: an essay and a poem, £3,000 IN PRIZES, the winners’ work to be published.

The essay can be on any aspect of Keats’s or Shelley’s work or life, and should be of 2,000-3,000 words, including quotations. Preference will be given to entries showing originality of thought and written in a clear and accessible style. All sources must be acknowledged.

The poem (which may be a narrative) must be original, unpublished and not a parody. It should focus on a Romantic theme associated with "ghosts." It may be of any length up to 50 lines.

Other conditions of entry:

1. Two copies of your entry should be sent to Jill Gamble, KSMA Competition Secretary, School of English, The University, St Andrews, KY16 9AL, Scotland. Please enclose an SAE if you want your entry to be acknowledged. Copies of entries cannot be returned.

2. All entries must be received by 30 June 2005. Prize winners and a runner-up in each category will be notified in August. There will be a presentation ceremony in London in October. The winners will be announced at that time on the website of the Keats-Shelley Memorial House in Rome:

3. You may enter both categories but only once. There is a fee of £5 sterling for a single entry, £3 for a second entry in the other category. Payment must be enclosed, made by cheque, postal order or international money order in favour of the Keats- Shelley Memorial Association, or by sterling bank notes. All first-time serious entrants who are not already Friends of the KSMA will become Honorary Friends for one year (subscription normally £12) receiving the annual Keats-Shelley Review, free newsletters, invitations to events, etc.

4. All entries must be typed or wordprocessed on A4 or foolscap paper, and attached with a paper clip to a typed sheet giving the following: your name, address, a contact telephone number, the title of your essay or poem, and how you heard about the prize. Your entrance fee should also be attached. Please do not use staples.

5. Essays and poems must be in English and your original and unpublished work, and must not have been submitted to us in a former competition. Copyright remains with you as author, but your entry will be deemed to give consent to first publication in journals nominated by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and The John S. Cohen Foundation.

6. The submission of an entry will be deemed to indicate full acceptance of the above conditions of entry to the competition.

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CFP MLA 2005: Wordsworth-Coleridge Association

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The Wordsworth-Coleridge Association invites papers for its sessions
at the Modern Language Association Convention in Washington, D.C.,
December 27-30, 2005.

SESSION TOPIC: Landmark Works. Inspired by Seamus Perry's essay in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Meyer Abrams' The Mirror and The Lamp (Essays in Criticism 54 [2004] 260-82), we invite paper proposals focusing on landmark critical works in the field of Romanticism during the last fifty years, including books by M.H. Abrams, Carl Woodring, Geoffrey Hartman, Karl Kroeber, Earl Wasserman, Robert Langbaum, David Erdman, Kenneth Neil Cameron, E.P. Thompson, Harold Bloom, Marilyn Butler, indeed all the great scholars who shaped our field and our thinking in the U.K. or in North America. Essays should describe the contribution made by specific critical work(s) to the discipline of Romantic studies and their continued significance.

Please send detailed abstracts by 15 March 2005, via e-mail to James McKusick:

NOTE: All program participants must be members of MLA by April 1, 2005. It would be helpful to us (in preparing MLA program copy) if you would provide your full name and academic affiliation.

Sincerely yours,
James McKusick
Professor of English and Director of the Honors College
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD 21250

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Conference: British Women Playwrights, 1780-1830

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Conference: "British Women Playwrights, 1780-1830," at Chapman University, March 12, 2005.

Presented by Chapman University's Department of English and Comparative Literature, with additional assistance provided by the School of Communication Arts.

The day of lectures, papers and panels will feature a performance of Hannah Cowley's A Bold Stroke for a Husband, directed by Frederick Burwick, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 8:30 a.m., with the first session of papers to commence at 9:00 a.m. There will be a luncheon at 12:00 p.m., the matinee performance at 1:30, followed by the afternoon session of papers from 4:00 to 5:30. Featured plenary speakers are Anne Mellor and Jeffrey Cox. The conference banquet will commence at 7:00. A full list of paper titles and abstracts may be seen on the website for British Women Playwrights around 1800:

Registration for the conference will be at two rates: $40 for faculty and $25 for students. Checks should be made payable to "Chapman University" and sent to:

Gisela Verduzco
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Chapman University
1 University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

You may also address questions about payment, accommodations, special parking or dietary needs to Gisela Verduzco at (714) 997-6750 or

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NASSR 2005: Montreal

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Proposals are now being accepted for the thirteenth annual conference of the
North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), "Deviance and
Defiance," to be held in Montreal, Canada, 13-17 August 2005. Deadline: 15 January 2005.

The conference topic, “Deviance and Defiance," revisits Romantic transgressions and Romanticism as trangression, how Romanticism is a transgression, is transgressive, and transgresses itself. The topic engages notions of deviance and defiance from numerous perspectives, including the Romantics' defiance of and deviation from the norms of their own period, including questioning the legitimacy of what is "the norm" or "normal" in Romanticism, what is the norm of Romanticism.

- Political and aesthetic defiance
- Religious deviations and defiance
- Deviating world views at the turn of the eighteenth century
- Sexual deviance and transgression
- Textual deviants
- Deviations of nation, trangressions of nationality and nationhood
- Romantic criminal deviants and Romantic criminality
- Defiance in the public sphere
- Deviations from nature and the natural
- (Re)defining Romantic norms, normality, and the normal
- Taxonomical deviations
- Defying philosophical and scientific categories
- Defying history; gender transgressions.

We welcome submissions from all disciplines with an interest in the
conference topic. Please e-mail paper proposals (500 words) to

For the general call for papers and more information about NASSR 2005,
please visit the conference website:

For the special sessions, please visit:

Andrew Elfenbein; Tim Fulford; Michael Gamer; and Tilottama Rajan

Michael Eberle-Sinatra (Université de Montréal) and Joel Faflak (University
of Western Ontario)

Jason Camlot (Concordia University), Monique Morgan (McGill University),
Peter Sabor (McGill University), Jonathan Sachs (Concordia University), and
Tabitha Sparks (McGill University)

(This year's NASSR conference will also be dovetailed with the seventh
biennal conference of the International Gothic Association, also focusing on
deviance and defiance, which will be held from the 11th-14th of August at
the same location; see

Michael Eberle-Sinatra
Universite de Montreal

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CFP: 4th International Student Byron Conference

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Call for Papers: 4th International Student Byron Conference
Messolonghi Byron Research Center, Greece
May 17-25, 2005
Theme: "Byron the Homeric Traveller"

The Messolonghi Byron Research Center solicits 20-minute papers for its fourth international student Byron conference to be held May 17-25, 2005. The conference theme will be "Byron the Homeric Traveller." This broad topic may be construed in a variety of ways to focus on biography, history, mythology, or literature. Papers may consider Byron, Homer, the classical, Romantic, or contemporary idea of travel, or other subjects. Please e-mail one-paragraph (approximately 300 words) abstracts to Professor Peter Graham ( and to Professor Malcolm Kelsall ( ) by February 15, 2005. Tentative acceptances will be sent to presenters by March 1. The chosen student presenters should then send completed drafts of their papers by May 1. The student papers will be supplemented by lectures by Greek and English professors and scholars. This year's keynote address will be delivered by Professor Malcolm Kelsall of the University of Wales, Cardiff.

If enrollment requests permit, a limited number of student participants who do not wish to present papers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

On one day of the conference, graduate and undergraduate English majors from Athens University and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki will come down with their professors to join the group. Then and other times, there will be abundant opportunities to learn about Greek life through first-hand experience. There will be welcoming ceremonies and receptions with meals, singing, and dancing hosted by the Mayor of Messolonghi, the Regional Governor, and mayors of neighboring towns, along with visits to historic and archaeological sites and museums associated with Byron and with Homer. In keeping with the conference's theme, a two-day excursion to the island of Ithaca, with visits to excavations of Odysseos' palace and other archaeological sites, will follow the academic sessions. Conference-goers will have the options of returning by ferry and coach to Messolonghi and from there to Athens or some other destination or staying on for further exploration of Ithaca or other Ionian islands.

A 650-euro conference fee will provide six nights of lodging in double rooms with breakfast at the Theoxenia Hotel by the Messolonghi lagoonside, two nights with breakfast at a hotel on Ithaca, transportation to and from the island, most lunches and dinners, and all social events and excursions. There will be a 100-euro surcharge for single accommodations. The actual cost of the conference is 800 euros, but due to generous sponsorships the Messolonghi Byron Society will be able to reduce the conference fee by 150 euros per person.

Airfare to Greece and transportation to Messolonghi are additional and should be arranged individually.

Again, the deadline for registration and abstracts: February 15, 2005.

Full descriptions of the three previous international student conferences can be found on the Messolonghi Byron Society's web page:

For further information please contact the society's president, Mrs. Rosa Florou (

Professor Peter W. Graham, Director of International Relations, Messolonghi Byron Research Center
Professor Malcolm Kelsall, Department of English, University of Wales Cardiff
Professor M. Byron Raizis, Joint President, International Byron Society
Mrs. Rosa Florou, President, Messolonghi Byron Society and Director, Messolonghi Byron Research Center

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Call for Papers: BARS 2005

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BARS: The British Association for Romantic Studies Biennial Conference
deadline October 15, 2004

28-31 July 2005
University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

The phrase 'Debatable Lands' has been used in reference to disputed parts of the Anglo-Scottish Border since at least the sixteenth century. Popularised by Walter Scott, the term was extended to other geographical areas and into metaphorical use in the nineteenth century. Macaulay in 1828 described history as the "debatable land" between Reason and Imagination. The BARS conference of 2005 invites an assessment of Romanticism's Debatable Lands in the fullest and broadest senses of the phrase.

Proposals for 20-minute papers are warmly invited on any aspect of the conference theme. Proposals should be not more than 300 words and submitted by 15 October, 2004. We are also interested in proposals for Special Sessions. Convenors of Special Sessions are asked to submit a title and details of the three 20-minute papers proposed for the Session by the deadline.

The conference organisers are Professor Claire Lamont and Dr Michael Rossington of the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at the University of Newcastle.

Online submission forms for proposals are available on the conference website. Alternatively you are welcome to submit a proposal by e-mail ( or by post to:

Dr Michael Rossington, BARS2005,
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
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SWIRL Symposium in Bristol

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The first SWIRL symposium will be held in Bristol at the University of Bristol, on Friday 29 October 2004.

The South West Interdisciplinary Romanticism Link (SWIRL) has three aims: to strengthen a network of scholars working on different aspects of the period 1750-1850, to facilitate debate across the disciplines, and to boost the profile of Romantic studies in the region. We envisage a forum in which academics from the South West and beyond could explore the intellectual and professional challenges that currently energise our field.

This kind of project presents significant intellectual difficulties. "Romantic" can mean different things in different disciplines, and it would be foolish to impose a definition from the outset. Instead, we want to start a conversation about interdisciplinary engagements in Romantic studies. Are such things possible? Are we already involved in them? What shape might they take in the future?

With those questions in mind, we invite Romanticists to join us for a one-day symposium, comprising round-table discussions stimulated by short papers. Speakers drawn from a variety of disciplines will describe their current research and tell us how they engage with interdisciplinary approaches.

Speakers confirmed to date include:

Chris Bertram (Philosophy, Bristol)
Stephen Bygrave (English, Southampton)
Malcolm Cook (French, Exeter)
William Doyle (History, Bristol)
Caroline Franklin (English, Swansea)
Julie Gammon (History, Southampton)
Robin Jarvis (English, UWE)
James Kearns (French, Exeter)
Malcolm Kelsall (English, Cardiff)
Michael Liversidge (History of Art, Bristol)
Christine Macleod (History, Bristol)
Anthony Mandal (English, Cardiff)
Jane Moore (English, Cardiff)
Lesley Sharpe (German, Exeter)
Richard Sheldon (History, Bristol)
Jane Spencer (English, Exeter)
Asheley Tauchert (English, Exeter)
Helen Thomas (English, Exeter)

The symposium will be held in the beautiful surroundings of The Holmes, a listed building dating from 1879, where the American General Staff met during World War II. Places are limited, so please let us know soon if you'd like to come.

To register contact:

Tom Mole, Department of English, University of Bristol,


Benjamin Walton, Department of Music, University of Bristol,

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