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Day Conference: Romantic-era Writing for Children

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The University of London Insitute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, is hosting a one-day conference on Saturday 29 May, 2004, on "Romantic-Era Writing for Children." the conference is co-organised by Chawton House Library, the University of Southampton and the Corvey-Hallam Project. It's schedule and information on attendance can be found here. Or email ies@sas.ac.uk to register.

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Keats House given Full Registered Museum status

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Keats House given Full Registered Museum status

It was recently announced that the The Keats House in Hampstead has achieved full Registered Museum Status from The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA--but not to be confused with the Modern Language Association in the US).

The Registration Scheme for Museums and Galleries in the United Kingdom was introduced in 1988, and a second phase was launched in 1995. It measures museum performance against accepted professional standards and, according to the Scheme, has the following aims:

  • Encourage all museums and galleries to achieve agreed minimum standards in museum management, collection care and public services.
  • Foster confidence in museums as repositories of our common heritage and managers of public resources.
  • Provide a shared ethical basis for all bodies involved in the preservation of the heritage which meet the definition of a "museum."
  • SJ

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    Hazlitt Exhibit at Wordsworth Trust Museum

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    The special exhibit on William Hazlitt's 1824 work Spirit of the Age remains at The Wordsworth Museum at Dove Cottage through June 6. The Wordsworth Trust will publish a new edition of The Spirit of the Age to coincide with the exhibition, with a preface by Michael Foot and illustrated with the portraits from the exhibition. Besides Wordsworth and Coleridge, the exhibit includes portraits of Thomas Malthus, Jeremy Bentham, Leigh Hunt, and William Wilberforce. Tom Paulin reviews the exhibit in The Guardian for April 10.

    SJ

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    Two Byron Events in England

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    "New Views of Byron in Context," a one-day conference, Saturday 8 May 2004, organized by the Newstead Byron Society and the Midland Romantic Seminar, held at the Nottingham Trent University Clifton Campus, Ada Byron King Building. See the International Byron Society's event page.

    At Newstead Abbey: a new exhibition, 1 April - 30 September 2004, Byron at Southwell: Randy and Rebellious, previously unseen material highlighting Byron's rebellious and amorous youth in Nottinghamshire and focusing on his friendship with the Pigot family of Southwell.
    Charles E. Robinson
    Exec. Director
    The Byron Society of America

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    BBC Radio 4 Programme on Abinger Appeal

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    Earlier today, May 1, BBC Radio Four broadcast a news item on the Bodleian Library's appeal to purchase the Abinger papers. (See this previous posting on the RC blog.)

    Broadcast on "Today," the UK's premier current affairs program, with a daily audience of 8 million, this was a brief conversation between Rebecca Jones, the BBC Arts correspondent, Richard Ovenden, Keeper of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library, and scholar and editor Pamela Clemit. The conversation can be heard (in Real Audio format) at this link:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/listenagain/

    (It appears at 0745 in today's running order. To play the audio file, scroll down to 0745 and click on the link.)

    SJ

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    NASSR 2004: program and registration

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    A reminder that NASSR 2004: "ROMANTIC COSMOPOLITANISM," will be held in
    Boulder, Colorado, SEPTEMBER 9-12, 2004. PLEASE REGISTER EARLY:

    http://www.colorado.edu/ArtsSciences/CHA/cfp.htm

    We are delighted to announce the upcoming NASSR 2004 conference to be held 9-12 September 2004 at the Millennium Hotel in beautiful and sublime Boulder, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Many thanks to those of you who submitted proposals (you should have heard from us by now; if not, please contact us). Participants can look forward to four days of intellectually stimulating ideas and discussions and to splendid plenaries by Ann Bermingham (Santa Barbara), Angela Esterhammer (Western Ontario), and David Simpson (Davis).

    The theme of our conference, Romantic Cosmopolitanism, provides an opportunity to query our period from the perspectives of the international, the global, the cosmic, the worldly, and the sophisticated. The term expands upon certain notions of region and place that some would deem central to the aesthetics and politics of Romanticism. It also invites us to think about alternatives to more typical moves to organize Romantic culture either around individuals or nation-states.

    There are several exciting features of NASSR 2004 we would like to tell you about. These opportunities are available to anyone who would like to participate in the conference, regardless of whether you are giving a paper.

    * First, we will be hosting two pre-conference seminars on September 8th: one, organized by Neil Fraistat, on Editing Romantic Texts with Neil Fraistat, Steven E. Jones, and Jerome McGann, a discussion of current editing projects by participants, and a roundtable discussion with prospective publishers: Linda Bree (Cambridge University Press), Marilyn Gaull (Palgrave Press), Julia Gaunce (Broadview press), Jerome McGann (Nines), and Fraistat and Jones (Romantic Circles).

    Another pre-conference seminar on the "Import Of Romantic Drama" is being organized by Tom Crochunis, Catherine Burroughs, Alex Dick, and Michael Eberle-Sinatra. It will include a hands-on performance workshop conducted by Gilli Bush-Bailey and Jacky Bratton as well as plenary papers by Tracy Davis and Michael Gamer, and a panel on current projects on romantic drama and theater. If you wish to sign up for these, please look for registration information (forthcoming) on the NASSR 2004 website.

    * * Second, for those not giving papers as well as those who are, we will be including 12 discussion workshops on September 10th and 11th run by the following scholars: James Chandler; Lisa Plummer Crafton; Thomas Crochunis, Elizabeth Fay; Denise Gigante; Theresa Kelley; Dennis Low; Jerome McGann; Brad Mudge; Nanora Sweet and Julie Melnyk; Anne Wallace and Tony Harrison; and Joshua Wilner. These workshop leaders will guide an intensive group discussion of specific Romantic texts and their implications. For more information on titles and how to register, please go to the NASSR 2004 website.

    * * * Third, special session leaders include Joselyn Almeida Beveridge, Julie Carlson, David Clark, Lilla Maria Crisafulli, Dino Felluga, Ann Gardiner, Marilyn Gaull, Gary Harrison, Diane Long Hoeveler, Jerrold Hogle, Celeste Langan, Nigel Leask, Susan Manning, Jane Moody, Timothy Morton, Jan Plug, Tilottama Rajan, Gillen Wood, Paul Youngquist

    * * * * Fourth, we will have fun: at the banquet there will be a performance by the Ron Paris Band, presenting "Sweet Soul Music," followed by dancing. There will also be opportunities to walk on Boulder's gorgeous mountain trails in the mornings.

    Graduate Students: The NASSR 2004 organizing committee is pleased to announce that there will be prizes awarded for the best papers presented at the conference by graduate students who are current NASSR members. Travel Bursaries are also available. For more information, please go to the Nassr 2004 website.

    We look forward to seeing you in September!

    With all best wishes,
    The NASSR 2004 Organizing Committee

    Email: nassr04@colorado.edu
    Website: http://www.colorado.edu/ArtsSciences/CHA/cfp.htm
    Address: c/o Center for Humanities and the Arts
    Macky 201 / 280 UCB
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    Boulder, CO 80309-0280

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    Conference Announcements

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    Two conference announcements came today. First, for the latest Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Women Writers Conference:

    The Thirteenth Annual Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Conference: "Women's Texts and Cultural Contexts" April 14-17, 2005, Hilton Lafayette, Hosted by the Department of English, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Keynote speakers: Catherine Burroughs (Wells College), Linda Hughes (TCU), and Susan Staves (Brandeis University).

    There will be a performance of Fanny Burney's The Witlings during the conference. We welcome a wide range of papers on the conference theme and related issues. Topics might include but should not be limited to the following:

    Women Writing Culture, Performing Culture, Sensation Fiction, Religion and Women's Writing, Women and Science, Women's Professions, Women in Journalism, New Women and their Impact, Domestic Ideologies, Writing for Children, Images of the Woman Poet, Subversive Women, Women's Bodies Bodies of Women, Mothers as Cultural Icons, Women and Empire, Women and the Public Sphere.

    Please submit 1-2 page abstracts for individual presentations and panel proposals by October 31, 2004. Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, institutional affiliation and a brief biographical paragraph. Please do not include any identifying information
    on your abstract. Proposals may be sent via regular mail to:

    British Women Writers Conference
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Department of English
    PO Box 44691
    Lafayette, LA 70504

    Abstracts may also be submitted by email (include name, phone number, mailing address, institutional affiliation and brief biographical paragraph) to: bwwc@louisiana.edu

    Additional details about the conference including registration and hotel
    information can be found at our website:

    http://www.louisiana.edu/bwwc

    Christine DeVine
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    And this one from the U.K.:

    Midlands Romantic Seminar:
    Romanticism and the Midlands Enlightenment

    One Day Conference, sponsored by University of Central England and Nottingham Trent University, Saturday 3rd July, 10.00am-5.00pm.

    Birmingham and Midland Institute
    Margaret Street,
    Birmingham,
    B3 3BS

    Keynote Speakers: George Rousseau and Desmond King-Hele

    Registration fee £25.
    For further details, please contact:
    Dr Gavin Budge
    gavin.budge@uce.ac.uk

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    New Edition: Scott's Reliquiae Trotcosienses

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    Walter Scott's Reliquiae Trotcosienses edited by Gerard Carruthers and Alison Lumsden is to be published today, April 23rd, 2004, by Edinburgh University Press. Until now unpublished, this work was commissioned from Scott in 1830 as a guide to his home and library at Abbotsford. Instead, Scott produced a semi-fictional account of "Trotcosey House" in which he both sent himself up in his antiquarian interests and also, at the same time, insisted that physical artefacts and books have a great deal of meaningful,imaginative human history attached to them. Scott's son-in-law, John Gibson Lockhart and others mindful to protect the powerful reputation of the "Wizard of the North" deemed the work, incomplete at Scott's death in 1832, unworthy of publication. However, in spite of impaired physical capacities as the result of several strokes, Scott produced a more cogent work than was thought to be the case. Conservative editorial practices in this edition show that beneath the poor handwriting and the seeming semantic difficulty, the text can be made over ninety per cent intelligible. Particularly interesting in the book, perhaps, are Scott's comments on bibliophile matters and his taste in popular culture (including witchcraft, ballads and popular tracts).

    Gerry Carruthers
    University of Glasgow

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    Blake Archive: Europe a Prophecy

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    The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of the electronic edition of Europe a Prophecy copy H. The only monochrome copy of the nine extant copies printed by Blake, copy H was printed c. 1795. Now in the Houghton Library, Harvard University, it joins copies B, E, and K in the Archive and will be joined by copies A and D in the near future. Europe is dated 1794 on its title plate and the first six copies were color printed that year, followed in 1795 by two more copies. Copies B and E are from the first printing session and copy K is from the last printing session, c. 1818. With the addition of copy H, the printing history of Europe is fully represented in the Archive.
    Morris Eaves, Robert N. Essick, and Joseph Viscomi, editors
    Andrea Laue, technical editor
    The William Blake Archive
    http://www.blakearchive.org/

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    Musical Setting for Blake's Songs Performed

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    From an April 12 review by John Rockwell in The New York Times:

    "ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 9 — William Bolcom's gigantic, well-more-than-two-hour setting of William Blake's complete 'Songs of Innocence and of Experience' poetic cycle is enormously difficult and expensive to perform. Looking down at the forces assembled for the University of Michigan performance in Hill Auditorium here on Thursday night [APRIL 8] was a mega-Mahlerian experience, with a stage extension needed to accommodate the nearly 500 musicians (bigger than the forces of any Mahler 'Symphony of a Thousand' I have encountered). All that was missing were lighting effects and projections of Blake's engravings, suggested in the score. But they were on display in the lobby. . . ." [read the entire review]

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