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Poets on Poets: Fanny Howe reading Bronte (and podcast)

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This week's Poets on Poets MP3 archive features Fanny Howe reading Bronte's "No Coward Soul is Mine."

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CFP: "Wild Irish Girls"

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'Wild Irish Girls': A bicentenary conference to mark the publication of Sydney Owenson’s (Lady Morgan) The Wild Irish Girl and Maria Edgeworth’s Leonora

Keynote speakers: James Chandler (University of Chicago) and Claire Connolly (Cardiff University)

To commemorate the publication of these texts in 1806, proposals are invited for papers for a conference to be held on the 20th and 21st of July 2006. The event will be take place at Chawton House Library, the centre for the study of early women’s writing, which holds first editions of both novels, as well as many other editions of works by Edgeworth and Owenson. It is jointly organised by Chawton House Library and the English Department at the University of Southampton.

In light of increasing interest in both these writers’ works, and in the rise of the national novel more generally, this timely conference seeks to unite scholars working on any aspect of Edgeworth or Owenson’s writing. Paper and panel proposals (for presentations of no more than 20 minutes) are therefore invited and should be sent for the attention of Emma Clery, Gillian Dow and Sandy White at the following email address – or by post to Sandy White: English Discipline, School of Humanities, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK.

Please note deadline for abstracts: 13th of February 2006

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Conference: Jews and British Romanticism

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Announcing a one-day conference on Jews and British Romanticism, Saturday 4th February, 2006, at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London.

The conference is one of a series of collaborative events organised by the Corvey Project at Sheffield Hallam University together the Chawton House Project at the Department of English at the University of Southampton.

Participants include:

Plenary Speaker: Judith Page (University of Florida) "Shylock's Turquoise Ring: Jane Austen and the "exquisite acting" of Edmund Kean."

Roundtable on Edgeworth's Harrington including: Cora Kaplan (Queen Mary ); Anne Janowitz (Queen Mary) and Susan Manly (St Andrews); Rebecca Shapiro (St. Thomas Aquinas College, U.S.A.)

Other papers confirmed: Rebecca Shapiro, Harrington and Ivanhoe
Nadai Valman (University of Southampton) 'The Waters of Babylon: Exile, Nation and the Jews'

Proposals should be sent to Mary Peace at by Friday 18th November.

Subject to peer-review papers delivered at this conference will feature in a special issue of the CW3 (Corvey Women Writers on the Web) Journal, which will appear at start of 2007. See for details.

If you are interested in attending this conference please visit the conferences homepage for the Institute of English Studies,(where you will find full details about our events schedule, registration and accommodation, as well as links to organisers' guidelines and conference facilities.

Dr Mary Peace
Senior Lecturer in English Studies
Sheffield Hallam University

Director of Corvey Project
Editor of Corvey Women Writers on the Web Journal (CW3)

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Byron Lecture: Metropolitan Museum NY

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At 11:00 A.M., on November 15, in New York, a lecture will be given at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on "The Death of Sardanapalus and The Cult of Byron." The lecture is one of a series on "Romantic Masters." Tickets are $22.00.

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Coleridge Portraits online

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Portraits of Coleridge Exhibition - 14 October to 31 December 2005

The Friends of Coleridge Website is currently hosting a small virtual exhibition of Coleridge portraits which are on temporary virtual loan by kind permission of the National Portrait Gallery, Dove Cottage, and Jesus College Cambridge.

The interesting feature is an arrangement showing the original 1804 Northcote portrait alongside two other versions of it.

Paul Cheshire
Friends of Coleridge Website

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CFP(s): Three conferences (2006)

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Call for Papers: The 37th Annual College English Association Conference, San Antonio, TX
April 6-8, 2006. "Reading the Regions/Writing the Regions/Teaching the

Panel: Blake's Visionary London

Keeping with the conference theme of "Reading the Regions/Writing the Regions/Teaching the Regions," this panel, "Blake's Visionary London," will focus upon Blake's imaginative reconstruction, critique, and interpretation of the London of his times in his mythological works. Papers reflecting a rigorous and critical historical methodology will be given special consideration.

Please submit your proposal to by October 15th, 2005. Word, WordPerfect, and .rtf formats accepted.

Paper proposals should include the following information:

Institutional Affiliation (if applicable)
Mailing Address (including zip code)
Phone Number
Email address
Title for the proposed presentation
Abstract of no more than 500 words
A-V equipment needs, if any
Special needs, if any

All papers are limited to a strict 15 minute reading time.

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

James Rovira
Rollins College
Winter Park, FL


Travel, Tourism, and Resorts
Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland, March 16-18, 2006

Tourism and the rise of resorts reflect nineteenth-century economic, social, and cultural developments which brought about increased time for leisure, sport, entertainment, and vacation activities beyond prescribed hours of "work." While both the nature of the Grand Tour (formally restricted to the wealthy) and desirable destinations for travel evolved over time, sport, leisure, and vacation activities also extended to various levels of society: resort businesses boomed, exotic locales drew tourists, advances in transportation opened new destinations, and tourism became an attractive and widespread diversion. Other travel, however, was inspired by the desire to map space, to explore new
territories and gather species of plants or animals there, to engage in missionary work or to study other peoples, to flee famines, and to migrate to a new home. Travel and tourism altered conceptions of home, nation, and progress as people adapted to (or even resisted) the demands and/or pleasures of their journeys and destinations.

For our 27th Annual Conference, NCSA encourages proposals that explore the meanings of travel, tourism, and resorts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

Travels through time and space
Travel of the mind/inward
Travel companions/solitary or group travelers
The laws of travel
Economies/Business of travel
Travel destinations-city/walking/boat tours
Tours/Travels with children
Mysterious, quiet, indiscreet travelers
Traveling spectacles
Traveling secrets
Journeys East or West/home or abroad
The Middle Passage
Means/Modes of Travel
Travel innovations and progress
Traveling artists, preachers, teachers, & librarians
The distance we've traveled
Migration, immigration, emigration
Getaways and hideaways
Resort architecture; architecture of sport & leisure
Architectural sites as travel destination
Representation of travel in art & literature
Representation of sport and leisure in art/lit

Papers may come from the fields of architecture, art history, ethnic or race studies, history, literature, medicine, museum or library studies, music, or the social sciences. NCSA was founded to promote interdisciplinarity; proposals which approach the theme of the conference from an interdisciplinary basis are especially encouraged.

The conference will be held in Salisbury, on Maryland's Eastern shore, within thirty minutes of the Chesapeake Bay to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Plans to tour 19th century sites in Berlin, Maryland, and the summer resort of Ocean City, Maryland (founded 1875), are in development.

Direct flights serve Salisbury from Charlotte, NC and Philadelphia, PA.

Proposals should consist of a one-page, single-spaced abstract (12-point font), with the title of the paper and author as heading; the paper must be able to be presented within 20 minutes. Proposals should be accompanied by a one- to two-page vita. Please send materials to both Program Directors, Heidi Kaufman and Lucy Morrison. The deadline for submissions is October 14, 2005. Acceptances will be sent by mid-December, 2005.

Email: and
Post: Heidi Kaufman, 212 Memorial Hall, University of Delaware,
Newark, DE 19716; Lucy Morrison, English Department, Salisbury
University, 1101 Camden Avenue,
Salisbury, MD 21801
Fax: Kaufman 302-831-1586 / Morrison 410-548-2142

Further information about registration and accommodations will be available in the Fall from Local Arrangements Director Lucy Morrison (contact details above).


Call for Papers:
Romantic Spectacle Conference
7-9 July, 2006
Roehampton University, London
Centre for Research in Romanticism, Roehampton University, London
in association with The Centre for Romantic Studies, University of
Bristol, UK

Speakers: John Barrell, Iain McCalman, Anne Janowitz, Saree Makdisi, Peter Otto.

The conference will explore the visualization of literature and culture in the Romantic period.
The 'spectacularization' of politics and power
Ornamentalism, exoticism and empire
Theatre, theatricality, performance and display
Science, exhibition and demonstration
The sublime imagination in art and literature
New technologies of spectacle
Commerce and display
War, militarism and pageantry
The violent gaze
Caricature, cartoons and satire
Scopophilia, life writing and confession
Monumentalism and the historical imagination
A selection of conference papers will be published in a special issue
of Romanticism on the Net in 2007.

Conference Committee
Ian Haywood (Roehampton),
Susan Matthews (Roehampton),
Nick Groom (Bristol),
John Halliwell (Secretary, Bristol).

Call for Papers

The conference committee invite abstracts for 20 minute papers exploring the visualization of culture in the Romantic period. Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted electronically to in the body of an email or as an attachment in .doc or .pdf format. Please include institutional affiliation and position in the body of the text. Deadline for submission 16 January, 2006.

Further information will be available at
Enquiries can be addressed to
John Halliwell,
Research Assistant,
Centre for Romantic Studies,
Department of English,
University of Bristol.

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