NEH Summer Seminar: "Genre, Dialogue, and Community"

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ANNOUNCING an NEH SUMMER SEMINAR FOR COLLEGE TEACHERS 2005: "Genre, Dialogue, and Community in British Romanticism"

13 June - 22 July 2005
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Directed by Stephen C. Behrendt
Participant stipend: $4200

I invite applications for colleagues in English studies (especially later 18th and early19th century British literature and culture) for a six-week interdisciplinary NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers here at the University of Nebraska in summer 2005. We will work together to gain a fuller appreciation of the broad variety of British Romantic literary culture by examining the interrelations that often go unexplored in traditional scholarship between works executed in a particular genre (poetry, prose fiction, drama, etc.) and the contemporaneous production in the other literary genres as well as in extra-literary areas like the visual arts, music, economics, science, print journalism, and history and historiography.

My goal is to bring together colleagues from all professional ranks and at all stages of their professional careers in order to provide an interactive forum for us to explore the impact for our research and for our teaching of this cross-genre inquiry. Seminar participants will conduct research on their own individual projects in the various genres, but we will spend time together discussing parallel developments and phenomena in those other genres (and areas of cultural production) with which we may not be as familiar as we are with our most accustomed one. I hope that this collegial conversation will lead to more wide-ranging and more culturally diverse scholarship and teaching in Romanticism than is sometimes the case when we find ourselves academically grounded in a particular genre and confined for both curricular and professional reasons to conducting most of our work in that area of inquiry.

The University of Nebraska Libraries offer splendid resources for the study of Romanticism in these broader contexts. In addition to the "Corvey Collection" of nearly 10,000 Romantic-era titles in English, French, and German, the library has extensive microform archives of contemporary periodicals that permit detailed contextual study of the Romantic literary culture. The library is a modern and well-stocked one, with excellent electronic resources for advanced study, including high-speed internet and a burgeoning program of initiatives in electronic scholarship and electronic texts, to all of which seminar participants will have full access.

Participants will enjoy full library privileges as visiting faculty, as well as visiting scholar status in the Department of English, where they will have individual office space during the seminar.

I have posted a detailed description of the seminar at the following URL:

This site has links to university resources (including the library and housing accommodations), to the necessary application information, and to a variety of community attractions. Lincoln is a pleasant and inviting place to work in the summer, and I look forward to welcoming and working with you and your colleagues.

Please note that I am actively encouraging applications from colleagues not just in English Studies, but also in History, Theatre, Art History, Music History, Journalism (and the history of print culture), Economics, and Comparative Studies in the Humanities. Tell your colleagues!

Please let me know if I can answer any questions or provide further information.

Stephen C. Behrendt
George Holmes Distinguished Professor of English
319 Andrews Hall
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588-0333

Phone: (402) 472-1806
FAX: (402) 472-9771

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