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New at Romantic Circles Praxis: Romantic Antiquarianism

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Romantic Circles is delighted to announce the publication in its Praxis Series of Romantic Antiquarianism, edited by Noah Heringman and Crystal B. Lake.

Featuring essays by leading art historians, literary scholars, and historians of antiquarianism, this volume sheds new light on Romanticism's material and visual cultures, and reveals the important role that antiquarian discourses and practices played in shaping neoclassicism, the sublime, and other major concepts of the Romantic period. In this moment, antiquarianism became all the more important, as increasingly specialized study of historical periods and different types of objects shaped the networks that linked antiquaries, engravers, and publishers with a public eager to experience in detail the customs and manners or material culture of the past.

Romantic Antiquarianism includes an editor's introduction by Noah Heringman and Crystal B. Lake, with essays by Martin Myrone, Jonathan Sachs, Thora Brylowe, Rosemary Hill, Timothy Campbell, Ina Ferris, & Sam Smiles, and a response by Jonah Siegel. It can be found here:

http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/antiquarianism/

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John Keats’s Early Poems, 1814-1817

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An Academic Seminar organized by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and the Keats Foundation, and supported by the British School at Rome


31 October 2014 at the KEATS-SHELLEY HOUSE, Rome

In order to mark the bicentenary of the composition of ‘Imitation of Spenser’ (1814), John Keats’s earliest known poem, the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and the Keats Foundation are jointly hosting a day academic seminar on 31 October, Keats’s birthday, at the Keats-Shelley House in Rome.

Proposals for papers are invited on any subject focusing on, or relating to, Keats’s early poems, from ‘Imitation of Spenser’ itself up to the publication of his first full-length volume, Poems (1817).

Papers discussing poems by Keats published later than 1817 may, of course, be accepted, but only by means of comparison with earlier poems. Papers may be given in English or in Italian, and abstracts accepted in either language.
Deadline for submission of abstracts (c. 200 words): 30 June 2014. Registration fee €25.

For further information on registration, and to send your abstract, please contact in the first instance:
Dr Giuseppe Albano, Curator, Keats-Shelley House, Rome
giuseppe.albano@keats-shelley-house.org

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'Essays in Romanticism' and 'Byron Journal' content free during April

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Jonathan Branney of the Liverpool University Press recently posted an announcement to the NASSR listserv that two its Romanticism-related publications, Essays in Romanticism and the Byron Journal are free to access during the month of April. Below is the complete announcement:
Liverpool University Press is one of the UK’s oldest scholarly publishers and one of its youngest, being both 115 years old and 10 years old in April 2014. The latter anniversary marks the relaunch and rebirth of the Press, an event that it is celebrating by making all of its journal content, including Essays in Romanticism and The Byron Journal, available for free online during the month of April. Essays in Romanticism is the official journal of the International Conference on Romanticism and publishes articles on all aspects of Romanticism. It encourages work using emergent or innovative perspectives and approaches, and that which is situated within an interdisciplinary and comparative framework. With over 40 years’ worth of content available and a wide international readership, the The Byron Journal is the leading forum for authorities on Byron. The journal publishes scholarly articles and notes on all aspects of Byron's writings and life, and on related topics. Content is available now simply by visiting our http://liverpool.metapress.com site, with no further setup required. Please feel free to share this information with colleagues, your institutional library contact, or any other interested parties.

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Marilyn Butler Book of Condolences

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Dennis Low has posted a "Book of Condolences" on the recent passing of Marilyn Butler. Low, a former student of Butler's, is inviting folks to post their own remembrances and condolences on the site. He has also collected all the comments folks have made on the NASSR listserv since her passing.

The site is available here: http://marilynbutler.weebly.com/.

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In Memory of Marilyn Butler

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The Guardian has posted a rememberance of Marilyn Butler, who died recently.

The first paragraph reads,

Marilyn Butler, who has died aged 77, was one of the leading scholars of Romanticism of her generation. She perhaps did more than any other academic of recent decades to return Romantic literature to the boisterous history out of which it grew. Her books and editions established her reputation among fellow scholars, but were also read with pleasure by students. In person as well as in print she was wonderfully accessible.

The full article is available here.

Many folks on the NASSR listerv are posting their rememberances of Professor Butler as well.

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NASSR/Romantic Circles 2nd Annual Pedagogy Contest: Deadline April 2nd

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Just a brief reminder and encouragement to submit materials to this year's NASSR/Romantic Circles Pedagogy Contest.

The contest was started at last year's NASSR Conference as a way of encouraging and highlighting the many teaching innovations occurring in our field. The finalists' panel at the conference yielded a rich and helpful conversation about Romantic pedagogy.

Teachers of all ranks may submit teaching materials. Exemplary submissions consider how teaching revivifies Romanticism, in any of its myriad forms. Digital innovations are encouraged but certainly not required. For a list of previous winners and their syllabi, see the Pedagogy section of the Romantic Circles website: http://www.rc.umd.edu/pedagogies/contest#previous.

Finalists will be chosen via author-blind peer review to give a short presentation at a special panel at this year's conference in Washington DC, and their syllabi will be published on the Romantic Circles Pedagogies website. The winner, chosen after the panel, will receive a $250 award and recognition at the NASSR banquet. For more information on the contest see the NASSR 2014 website: https://blogs.commons.georgetown.edu/nassr2014/pedagogy-contest/.

TO SUMBIT:
Please send a document of between 3-5 pages to nassrpedagogycontest@gmail.com by April 2, 2014. Please include a cover letter with identifying information, which should be left off all other documents. Initial queries and questions are welcomed.

Potential materials might include but are not limited to:
- A cover letter and explanation of the submission, including an argument as to the course or project’s pedagogical innovation and benefits
- Syllabus or parts of a syllabus
- Assignment sheets
- Multimedia or digital materials

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New at Romantic Circles Praxis: An Interview with Anne Mellor

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Romantic Circles is pleased to announce the publication of a new volume in the Romantic Circles Praxis series, An Interview with Anne Mellor, conducted and edited by Roxanne Eberle:

http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/mellor_interview/index.html

In the interview, Mellor recounts her determined commitment to rethinking Romanticism through the lens of gender. On the eve of retirement, she continues to raise questions about our assumptions and preoccupations as Romanticists, even as she looks back on her long career. The audio clips attached to the transcription resonate with Mellor’s intellectual curiosity, her voice prompting a return to the texts, archives, and critical concerns of feminist Romanticism. Roxanne Eberle introduces the volume and conducts the interview.

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New Mary Shelley letters uncovered

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BBC news has reported the discovery of a cache of previously unknown letters by Mary Shelley. The find came while Professor Nora Crook of Anglia Ruskin University was researching the holdings of a public records office in Essex, UK. The discovery of the letters, addressed to Horace Smith and his daughter Eliza, was quite by accident, according to Crook. A brief extract from the BBC article explains Crook's account of the find:

"I had an idea that an anonymous review of a book by Miss Crumpe might be by Mary Shelley."

That idea turned out to be wrong but the search took her to the Essex Record Office's online archive.

It was while looking at documents there that she came across a letter from Shelley joking her father was "half in love" with Miss Crump.

"I knew immediately that the phrase had to come from an unpublished letter—and there turned out to be more," she added.

The full article is available here.

Another account can be found on the Cambridge Network here.

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Updates to BRANCH

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Dino Franco Felluga, general editor of the BRANCH Web site, has just announced some new content on the site:

I write with an update on BRANCH. As many of you know, I have purposively slowed down production on BRANCH while I complete the million-word Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature for Blackwell, which follows Fred Burwick's three-volume Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature. Production on BRANCH will ramp up again starting next summer. Even so, some articles are wending their way through copy-editing and revision. I write to let you know that I have published five new articles in BRANCH, all on significant events. They arrive just in time for inclusion in your winter/spring syllabi:

· Priti Joshi (U Puget Sound), “1857; or, Can the Indian ‘Mutiny’ Be Fixed?”

· Christopher Keep (Western U), “The Introduction of the Sholes & Glidden Type-Writer, 1874″

· Isaac Land (Indiana SU), “On the Foundings of Sierra Leone, 1787-1808″

· Barbara Leckie (Carleton U), “‘The Bitter Cry of Outcast London’ (1883): Print Exposé and Print Reprise”

· Lesa Scholl (Emmanuel College, U of Queensland), “Irish Migration to London During the c.1845-52 Famine: Henry Mayhew’s Representation in London Labour and the London Poor

Priti Joshi's piece joins a strong cluster on India (with previous BRANCH articles by Anne Clendinning, Judith L. Fisher, Julie Codell, and Aviva Briefel); Isaac Land's joins a growing cluster on Africa (with previous articles by Timothy Johns, Anne Clendinning, Jo Briggs, Dane Kennedy, and Matthew Rubery). Chris Keep's article on the typewriter joins a large cluster on new technologies and pairs well with John Picker's article on the telegraph; Leckie's joins a large cluster on class. Lesa Scholl's piece on the Irish Migration is, surprisingly, the first BRANCH piece on Ireland. Others will follow. Lesa Scholl's piece pairs nicely with Barbara Leckie's.

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Welcome to Romantic Circles 2.0!

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Welcome to our completely redesigned and redeveloped website!

We hope you can spend some time with the new site and offer us any feedback you may have. With a database infrastructure undergirded by basic premises of the Semantic Web, the new design offers new ways to explore our expansive content, collected over Romantic Circles’ 17 years. New features include content recommendation, mapping, streaming audio, usage statistics, image galleries and slideshows, and categorized taxonomies that allow users to navigate in customizable ways. On the front page you'll see a slideshow of the newest resources. A sidebar on the left shows media offerings--audio recommendations and a rage could based on the new taxonomy keyword system. In the right sidebar, statistics reveal, for example, the most popular pages searches. A news feed collects blog posts from several relevant blogs (including our own), and a list of CFPs on Romanticism culled and aggregated from U. Penn’s “Calls for Papers” site. Along bottom of the front page is a portal to a brand new section of the site, the Romantic Circles Gallery, edited by Theresa M. Kelley and Richard C. Sha. The Gallery presents fully-curated, high-resolution images from the Romantic era. In addition to the complete collection of images and their metadata, the Gallery offers a number of exhibits curated around a central theme—from representations of the picturesque to depictions of phrenology.

Despite the new look and feel, you’ll find much that’s familiar. A menu at the top of each page links to each of the core sections of the overall Website, Electronic Editions, Romantic Circles Praxis Series volumes, Scholarly Resources, Pedagogical materials. Once you’ve arrived at one of these a resources, or on a page within a resource, you’ll notice on the right sidebar a content recommendation listing other related resources. This recommendation engine makes use of our taxonomy of more than 10,000 unique keywords.

The new Romantic Circles website owes its creation and design to the skill and hard work of our Site Managers, Dave Rettenmaier and Mike Quilligan.

There is much to explore at the new Romantic Circles beyond the brief description here. We hope you will take a little time to dig around the site and to offer us your feedback. Thank you for continuing to collaborate with us to make Romantic Circles a valuable resource for the Romantic studies community.

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