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Romantic Pedagogy Commons: Innovations

The first issue of the new peer-reviewed venue, Romantic Pedagogy Commons, called "Innovations," is now available at Romantic Circles. It offers numerous tools for teaching, some that are technologically innovative, others that make use of more traditional classroom practices but transfer them to the web (online slide shows, for instance). These tools are primarily for enhancing Romanticism classes, but some of them apply to any literature courses. Mark Phillipson presents the Wiki as an anti-authoritarian class tool: it de-centers classroom authority and participants produce an on line text book, as it were, authored collectively by the class members. Jerome McGann and Johanna Drucker describe IVANHOE, a new program (still in beta testing) that stimulates creative reading practices and interpretive activity among students in a literature course.

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Blake Archive: Divine Comedy illustrations

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of electronic editions of Blake's water color and engraved illustrations to Dante's Divine Comedy. Along with the illustrations to Edward Young's Night Thoughts, the poetry of Thomas Gray, and John Milton's poems, the Dante series of 102 water colors are among Blake's most important series of illustrations to another poet.

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Keats-Shelley Association mentoring project

The Keats-Shelley Association of America announces the inauguration of a three-year Mentoring Project. This project is designed to aid younger members of the profession in the crucial early stages of their careers by increasing the exchange of scholarly expertise and practical professional information between junior and senior scholars. If a senior scholar (who has earned tenure) would like to be a mentor (for one protégé), he or she should notify the Mentoring Committee, outlining briefly for us his or her range of scholarly or professional areas of expertise (e.g., Charlotte Smith, grant writing). Junior scholars who have earned the Ph.D. but not yet received tenure can request a mentor by describing their own scholarly interests and professional concerns. In March, the Mentoring Committee of the KSAA will match prospective mentors with prospective protégés. Mentors and protégés commit to one year of conversation (vocal, written, and/or electronic).

NASSR 2005: Montreal

Proposals are now being accepted for the thirteenth annual conference of the
North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), "Deviance and
Defiance," to be held in Montreal, Canada, 13-17 August 2005. Deadline: 15 January 2005.

The conference topic, “Deviance and Defiance," revisits Romantic transgressions and Romanticism as trangression, how Romanticism is a transgression, is transgressive, and transgresses itself. The topic engages notions of deviance and defiance from numerous perspectives, including the Romantics' defiance of and deviation from the norms of their own period, including questioning the legitimacy of what is "the norm" or "normal" in Romanticism, what is the norm of Romanticism.

POSSIBLE TOPICS for NASSR 2005:
- Political and aesthetic defiance
- Religious deviations and defiance
- Deviating world views at the turn of the eighteenth century
- Sexual deviance and transgression
- Textual deviants

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Blake Archive: color-printed drawings

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication this week of electronic editions of Blake's 12 large color printed drawings, designed and first printed in 1795. They are presented in our Preview mode, one that provides all the features of the Archive except Image Search and Inote (our image annotation program). They can be found in the Archive by moving through the following categories: Works in the Archive, Non-Illuminated Materials, Separate Prints and Prints in Series, and Color Printed Drawings.

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BARS Website

The BARS (British Association for Romantic Studies) website is now online at http://www.bars.ac.uk.

The site features information about BARS conferences, calls for papers for other Romantic-period conferences, reviews from back issues of the BARS Bulletin & Review, a designated postgraduate section, information of BARS grants and bursaries, and as a list of useful links.

The site also includes a 'For Members' section, which can only be accessed by BARS members by means of individual usernames and passwords. This section of the site contains details of current projects and publications in the field, a list of the research interests of BARS members, details of whether you are up-to-date with your BARS subs, and as a list of subject-specific resources.

There is also a downloadable application form for those who wish to join BARS on the site.

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Georgetown Theatre Company's The Offensive

The Georgetown Theatre Company presents a staged reading of THE OFFENSIVE: A timely comic variation on Lord Byron’s Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice

By R. L. Nesvet
Directed by Catherine Aselford

Friday, 19th November, 2004, 7.30 p.m.
Grace Church, Georgetown
1041 Wisconsin Ave., NW (South of M St.)
Washington, D.C.

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NEH Summer Seminar: "Genre, Dialogue, and Community"

ANNOUNCING an NEH SUMMER SEMINAR FOR COLLEGE TEACHERS 2005: "Genre, Dialogue, and Community in British Romanticism"

13 June - 22 July 2005
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Directed by Stephen C. Behrendt
Participant stipend: $4200

http://www.unl.edu/sbehrend/html/sbsite/projects/NEH2005/Info2005.htm

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Wordsworth-Coleridge Association at MLA

THE WORDSWORTH-COLERIDGE ASSOCIATION 2004

The Wordsworth-Coleridge Association is sponsoring two sessions at the 2004 meeting of the Modern Language Association in Philadelphia, and a lunch with the generous assistance of Pickering and Chatto Publishers.

LUNCH
Cash bar at 11:30 a.m., banquet at 12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, December 28 in Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant, 1201 Filbert Street, Philadelphia. This lunch is open to members and non-members of the Association and the MLA. A vegetarian alternative is available. For reservations, send $25.00 (or $35.00 in Canadian currency), payable to The Wordsworth Circle, by December 10 to Marilyn Gaull, Department of English, New York University, 19 University Place, Room 536, New York, NY 10003. For further information, email: mg49@nyu.edu
ROMANTIC LITERATURE AND THE SCIENCES

Session I: Wednesday, December 29
12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., Grand Ballroom Salon K, Philadelphia Marriott.

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