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Conference: Romantic Correspondence(s)


A one-day conference held by the centre for regional cultures, School of English Studies, University of Nottingham and the School of English, Nottingham Trent Unviersity, in Association with Newstead Abbey and the Midlands Romantic Seminar.

In the past decade and a half, scholarship on late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century writing has highlighted both the narrowness of traditional conceptions of Romanticism’ and the possibilities inherent in activities such as expanding the canon and rehistoricising authors, texts and contexts. In so doing, the multiple correspondences and connections of romantic period culture are finally starting to be revealed.

The organisers (Tim Fulford [NTU] and Lynda Pratt [University of Nottingham]) invite papers on all aspects of romantic correspondence(s). Topics for discussion could include: connections between canonical, non-canonical, male and female writers; European and/or transatlantic Romanticism; the influence of romantic period authors on later writers; letter-writing; editing the correspondence of romantic period authors; genre; Romanticism and history, science or exploration.

The conference will be held at Newstead Abbey, the magnificent ancestral home of Lord Byron. Plenary speakers will include: Professor Caroline Franklin (University of Wales, Swansea), Professor Marilyn Gaull (New York University), and Dr Pamela Clemit (University of Durham).

Proposals for papers should be sent to Dr Lynda Pratt, School of English Studies, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD ( or Professor Tim Fulford, (

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Poets on Poets: Bosselaar reading Blake

This week Romantic Circles' Poets on Poets series publishes MP3 audio files of Laure-Anne Bosselaar reading Wiliam Blake's "The Garden of Love" and "Mock on, Mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau." Bosselaar teaches a graduate poetry workshop at Sarah Lawrence College and is author of, among other titles, The Hour Between Dog and Wolf and Small Gods of Grief, and is winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry for 2001.

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Poets on Poets: Mathis Reading Blake

Visit this week's newly published MP3 files on Romantic Circles' Poets on Poets audio archive: Cleopatra Mathis reading William Blake's "Tyger, Tyger" and "A Poison Tree," both of which include audio commentaries by Mathis.

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New Audio file at RC: Fanning reading Clare

Poets on Poets, Romantic Circles' new and growing MP3 audio archive, is pleased to announce this week's publication, Roger Fanning reading John Clare's "Trespass." There are links to a biography of Fanning and to the text of Clare's poem, and you can either listen on the Web page or download the MP3 file to your computer or iPod (or other portable player). Watch this space for next week's reading, or sign up at the site to receive weekly e-mail updates.

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Jerwood Center opens in Grasmere

The new Jerwood Center recently opened in Grasmere near Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum. Its purpose is to offer scholars access to its collection of manuscripts and books. See this story in the New York Times for 21 June (password required).

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Poets on Poets: Paschen and Fammeree

The Romantic Circles Poets on Poets audio archive publishes weekly MP3s--contemporary poets reading romantic poems. You can listen and download the files for use on your computer or iPod, and follow links to a brief biography of the reader and to the text of the poem he or she is reading. This week, we've posted Richard Fammerée reading Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and last week Elise Paschen reading "To Autumn" went online. You can follow the link from the site to be added to the mailing list if you'd like to be notified when new weekly installments are made available.

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CFP: British Women Writers Conference

The 14th Annual Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Conference
March 23-26, 2006
The University of Florida

Call for Papers

This year's theme, "(Re)Collecting British Women Writers," encourages interdisciplinary approaches to writers of the period, with a special interest in issues related to archival scholarship and memory and how those issues manifest themselves in collections, exhibitions, and canons.

We are very pleased to announce that our keynote speakers will be Talia Schaffer (CUNY-Queens College), Carolyn Steedman (University of Warwick), and Lynne Vallone (Texas A&M University).

We encourage proposals focusing on but not limited to:

Collections and Archives:

- Politics of display and archiving
- Textual and physical collections
- Intersections of written and visual arts
- Collecting in the (pseudo)sciences
- Exhibiting the empire
- The family: children's culture
- Collections and archives in the classroom

(Re)envisioning the Canon:

- Recovering women's writing
- Intersections between canonical and non-canonical writers
- Intersections between male and female writers
- De-marginalizing and de-centering groups, texts, crafts
- Theatrical adaptations of canonical and non-canonical texts
- Women’s access to words: female literacies and publishing
- Children’s literature in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries
- Transatlantic links in children's culture

Influence and Textual Memory:

- Colony and the empire
- Nation, nationality, and the body
- Life writing: journals and letters
- Travel narratives
- Gendered intertexualities
- Subjectivity, agency, and authorship
- Family as a microcosm or metaphor
- The politics of historical representation
Please submit 1-2 page abstracts for individual presentations and panel proposals (including the name of a moderator) by September 30, 2005. Please do not include any identifying information in your abstract.

Proposals may be submitted via an online form at:

--after July 1, 2005.

Proposals may also be sent via regular mail (include a cover sheet with your name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and institutional affiliation) to:

British Women Writers Conference
University of Florida
Department of English
P.O. Box 117310
Gainesville, Florida 32611-7310
For more information about the conference, please visit our website at:

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Poets reading Poets (MP3)

Romantic Circles is delighted to announce the release of Poets on Poets, a major new audio archive devoted to gathering recordings of Romantic-period poems read by contemporary poets. The inaugural readings, just released, include Robert Pinsky reciting Keats's "Ode to a Nightingale." as well as other recitations you can see below. In the preface to the archive, Jerome McGann reflects upon "Recitation Considered as a Fine Art."

New readings will be added weekly, podcast-style, with over 100 forthcoming recordings by poets including Rae Armantrout, Lyn Heninian, Stephen McCaffery, Ira Sadoff, Rachel Blau Du Plessis, Charles Bernstein, Stanley Plumly, Molly Peacock, Cleopatra Mathis, and Rod Mengham.

We invite you to visit Poets on Poets and download the sound file into your iPod or MP3 player, or use the files on your classroom. For more information about forthcoming readings/readers or to listen to the recordings just released, visit the Editions section of Romantic Circles.

Steve Jones and Neil Fraistat

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New at RC / CFP: Romantic medicine

1. See the new at Romantic Circles page for two new volumes in the Praxis series, Romanticism and Opera and Legacies of Paul de Man.
2. Call For Papers: Romantic medicine

Nottingham Trent University and the Midland Romantic Seminar invite 20 minute papers on the subject of Romantic Medicine, for a one-day symposium, to be held in the English Dept. of NTU, on Thurs. 1st December 2005. Plenary speakers will be Neil Vickers (author of Coleridge and the Doctors) Sharon Ruston (author of Shelley and Vitality). Others to be announced. Please contact Tim Fulford < >

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