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CEA Conference panel: The Diodati Circle

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College English Association National Conference
March 27-29, 2008
St. Louis, Missouri

We invite papers on the Diodati Circle for the 39th annual meeting of the CEA.

The famous summer of 1816 witnessed the interaction of two of the most famous poets of the early nineteenth century, one increasingly more celebrated author, and one relative unknown. In the case of the two latter figures, Mary Godwin (later Shelley) and John Polidori, most of the critical attention they have traditionally received has focused on their connections to the two former individuals, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. Nevertheless, in the years immediately following the Genevan summer, Mary Shelley and John Polidori produced the two most enduring literary creations to arise from the ghost story contest. Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein and his creature have never gone out of print, while Polidori's aristocratic vampire Lord Ruthven altered the way in which vampires would be portrayed by later writers, culminating in the appearance of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Papers are invited for a panel that will focus on the various literary interactions among the members of the Diodati circle, including not only the Shelleys, Byron, and Polidori, but also Claire Clairmont, Mary's step-sister. Although biographical considerations are difficult to avoid, participants are encouraged to focus on the intertextual connections among the different figures, hopefully discussing both better known and lesser known works.

Proposals should be submitted via the online database at

http://english.ttu.edu/cea/conftool

by November 1st, 2007.

When you submit your proposal, you may use a pull-down menu to indicate your topic. Indicate at that pull-down menu that your submission should be directed to L. Adam Mekler, chair of the Diodati Circle panel.

You may contact Dr. Mekler with any questions at lmekler@jewel.morgan.edu,
but submissions can not be received at that email address.

Individuals without access to computers will need to send hard copy proposals to the following address via US mail by October 15th:

Marina Favila
CEA Program Chair
English Department
James Madison University
MSC 1801
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits presentations to 15 minutes.

All presenters must become members of the College English Association by January 1, 2008. For membership information, contact Joe Pestino at
jpestin5@naz.edu

For more information about CEA, the general conference theme, or other special sessions, please consult the CEA website:

http://www2.widener.edu/~cea/

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New Editor for John Clare Society Journal

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The John Clare Society Journal has a new editor and address (see below). This scholarly annual journal is fully peer reviewed, MLA listed, and is distributed worldwide to c. 600 subscribers. An index for past issues and further details for submission of articles can be found at http://www.johnclare.info (follow the link to "Clare Journal").

Simon Kovesi
Editor, John Clare Society Journal
Dept. of English, Oxford Brookes University
Oxford, OX3 0BP, UK

skovesi@brookes.ac.uk

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NCSA 2008 Article Prize

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NCSA 2008 ARTICLE PRIZE

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2008 Article Prize, which recognizes excellence in scholarly studies from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (French Revolution to World War I). The winner will receive a cash award of $500 to be presented at the annual meeting of NCSA hosted this year by Florida International University, Miami, FL, April 3-5, 2008.

Articles published between September 1, 2006 and August 31, 2007 are eligible for consideration for the 2008 prize and may be submitted by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. Submission of interdisciplinary studies is especially encouraged. The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines.

Send three copies of published articles/essays to the chair: Professor Joan DelPlato, Department of Art History, Simon's Rock College of Bard, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Questions should be sent to: delplato@simons-rock.edu. Applicants must document the date of actual publication by providing a letter from the editor of the journal or anthology in which the article appeared. Applicants should provide an email address so that receipt of their submissions may be acknowledged. One entry per scholar and three per publisher are allowed annually; those who submit entries are asked to note the interdisciplinary focus of the prize. Essays written in part or in whole in a language other than English must be accompanied by English translations. Deadline for submission is November 15, 2007.

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New Essay by Joseph Viscomi

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Romantic Circles is pleased to announce a newly published essay by Joseph Viscomi, "Wordsworth's Dramatic Antipicturesque: Burke, Gilpin, and 'Lines left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree." In this piece, which is available for reading on the Web or for downloading to your computer in PDF format, Viscomi offers a new reading of "Lines left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree," providing the grounds for thinking of it as a dramatic monologue critiquing Gilpin's idea of the picturesque. This extended essay with two illustrations is the full version of Viscomi's contribution to the special issue of The Wordsworth Circle (38:1-2) dedicated to Karl Kroeber and guest edited by Toby Benis. It can be accessed directly here:

http://www.rc.umd.edu/reference/viscomi_yewtree/viscomi_yewtree.pdf

--or from our Scholarly Resources page.

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New Essay by Joseph Viscomi

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Romantic Circles is pleased to announce a newly published essay by Joseph Viscomi, "Wordsworth's Dramatic Antipicturesque: Burke, Gilpin, and 'Lines left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree." In this piece, which is available for reading on the Web or for downloading to your computer in PDF format, Viscomi offers a new reading of "Lines left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree," providing the grounds for thinking of it as a dramatic monologue critiquing Gilpin's idea of the picturesque. This extended essay with two illustrations is the full version of Viscomi's contribution to the special issue of The Wordsworth Circle (38:1-2) dedicated to Karl Kroeber and guest edited by Toby Benis. It can be accessed directly here:

http://www.rc.umd.edu/reference/viscomi_yewtree/viscomi_yewtree.pdf

--or from our Scholarly Resources page.

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New Edition of Poets on Poets

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A new installment of Romantic Circles' Poets on Poets audio series is now available for listening on the Web or to be downloaded as free MP3 podcasts. New readings of Blake, Wordsworth, Charlotte Smith, and L.E.L. by poets Charles Bernstein, R. Erica Doyle, Yunte Huang, Elaine Sexton, and John Struloeff, can be found at

http://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/poets/toc.html

You can also subscribe to Poets on Poets as a podcast via Apple's iTunes (just search for "Romantic Circles Poets on Poets") or by using the RSS feed as explained on our Poets on Poets Website.

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Romantic Circles Poets on Poets on CBS Weekend Roundup

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Two brief clips from Romantic Circles' Poets on Poets series will be included in today's broadcast of the CBS Weekend Roundup radio program, contrasting our recording of "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by poet Charles North with the rap version performed by the creation of the tourism board, "MC Nuts," a Lake District Red Squirrel.

The May 4, 2007 show can be accessed at the CBS Weekend Roundup podcast page or can be downloaded directly at:

http://audio.cbsnews.com/2007/05/04/audio2763026.mp3

Our segment is in the last story of the day, beginning at about 36:40 into the broadcast.

You can find all of Romantic Circles' audio resources here: http://www.rc.umd.edu/audio.

--The Romantic Circles Editors

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CFP: "Politics and Propaganda"

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Call for Papers
Politics and Propaganda
29th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY STUDIES ASSOCIATION
Florida International University, Miami, Florida April 3-5, 2008

Keynote Speaker: Sally Mitchell,
Emerita Professor of English and Women's Studies, Temple University,
“Political Women: The First Generation”

We welcome paper and panel proposals concerning any aspect of politics during the long nineteenth century, including, but not limited to political figures, movements (Chartism, socialism, communism, anarchism, trades unions, reform), parties, campaigns, immigration, imperialism, suffrage, gender politics, war, slavery, nationalism, pacifism, uprisings, and revolutions.

Equally welcome are paper and panel proposals concerning propaganda, including but not limited to advertising, periodicals, promotion (including self-promotion), news, campaign materials, songs, slogans, cartoons, souvenirs, paraphernalia, monuments, posters, and public art.

Abstracts (250 words) for 20-minute papers, author’s name and paper title in heading, with one-page c.v. by Oct. 1, 2007 to: Kathleen McCormack, Program Chair, Florida International University, mccormac@fiu.edu

Graduate students whose proposals are accepted can at that point submit a full-length version of the paper in competition for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses.

Registration and accommodation information will be available on November 1, 2007:
http://www.english.uwosh.edu/roth/ncsa/index.html

The conference will include a reception and tour at the Wolfsonian Museum-FIU, a leading museum of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century design, which also contains the country’s largest collection of twentieth-century German, Italian, and American political propaganda, including prints, posters, drawings, books and serial holdings, and objects that document the rise and demise of fascist and other political movements.

We have also arranged a Biscayne Bay Boat Tour with local historian and scholar Dr. Paul George of the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. The tour will trace the development of Miami’s coastline in the nineteenth century, including the influence of the first and second Seminole wars, as we view the Key Biscayne Lighthouse, the Cape Florida Lighthouse, and the Barnacle, the oldest house in Miami-Dade County still in its original location.

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Keats-Shelley Prize offered

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The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association prize 2007 (click to download PDF poster with details of the competition):

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CFP: "Byron and Modernity"

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Submissions are invited for "Byron and Modernity" an international conference, sponsored by the University of British Columbia, to be held in Vancouver at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites October 26-28, 2007.

Keynote speakers: Professor Christopher Ricks, Professor Jerome McGann, and Professor Tilottama Rajan

We welcome papers that explore the way Byron and Byronism have been interpreted since the Romantic period, in Byron's reception through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the place of Byronism in fashion, popular, and print culture. But we are especially interested in papers that take Byron's presence in modern culture as an opportunity to address wider questions surrounding modernity and modernism. If "the modern" marks the time when the subject left the safety of the local to experience the world, if modernism celebrates change itself as the driving force of global power, to what extent is Byron, the cosmopolitan wanderer and genius of self-promotion, an exemplary, if not pivotal figure of modernity? The Byron circle might be called the first avant-garde: what part did the figure of Byron play in other modern avant-garde movements or in the development of criticism, theory, and culture that followed them? Byron was a social critic and a fashion icon: his work straddles high and low culture, aristocratic pretension and bourgeois consumerism, the power of the mind and the experience of the body. What can his influence tell us about similar contradictions in modern poetry and literature? What might Byron's presence in popular culture and, by contrast, his relative absence from critical culture tell us about culture generally in the modern world? We are less interested in Byron the man than we are in "Byron" the idea, a specter of art, power, and transgression that haunts modern consciousness.

Proposals of 500 words for 20 minute papers may be sent by email to: byron07@interchange.ubc.ca

Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2007 (Original deadline: January 31, 2007)

Conference website: http://www.english.ubc.ca/PROJECTS/byron_conference

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