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Welcome to Romantic Circles 2.0!

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.

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KSAA Annual Awards Dinner, MLA 2011

The Keats-Shelley Association of America's annual awards dinner at MLA will be held this year on Saturday, 8 January 2011. A cash bar opens at 5:30 PM and dinner begins at 7:00 PM, at the Standard Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, 550 S. Flower at Sixth Street. This year the Association will honor distinguished scholars Christopher RIcks and Julie Carlson.

For reservations, send $60 by 15 December 2010 to:

Steven Jones
Loyola University Chicago
Department of English
Crown Center 421
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660

Byron Society Collection to go to Drew University

The Byron Society of America announced January 22, 2010 that it has chosen Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, as the new home for its Byron Society Collection. The collection of almost 5,000 items, including rare books, portraits, letters, and other priceless material, will be housed with the Drew Library’s special collections, where students, scholars, and members of the public will be able to access it. Robert Weisbuch, president of Drew University and a specialist in nineteenth-century British and American writers, stated in his welcome: “The arrival of this collection will provide a feast of research opportunities for scholars and undergraduates alike.”

Poets on Poets: new podcasts

New audio files are available at Romantic Circles' Poets on Poets series: Andrew Kozma reading Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" Part IV; Jennifer Kwon Dobbs reading Charlotte Turner Smiths's "Sonnet LXX" and "Sonnet LXXVII" [from Elegiac Sonnets]; Elizabeth Volpe reading William Blake's "The Human Abstract"; and Anne Shaw reading Blake's "The Tyger." As always, you can play or download the MP3 files directly from the Poets on Poets page--

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

--or subscribe to the podcasts via iTunes (search for "Romantic Circles") or directly from our page.

The Poets on Poets series is edited and produced by Tilar Mazzeo with the assistance of Doug Guerra and Matt O'Donnell.

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