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Wordsworth-Coleridge Association at MLA


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.

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:

Session I: Wednesday, December 29
12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., Grand Ballroom Salon K, Philadelphia Marriott.
Presiding: James C. McKusick, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

"Radical Romanticism and the Science of Life," Sharon Ruston,
University of Wales, Bangor

"Dissent and Ontological Space in Literature and Science,"
Stuart Peterfreund, Northeastern University

"Wordsworthian Science in the 1870s," Robert M. Ryan,
Rutgers University, Camden

"Berkeley, Blake, Bohr, and Beyond," Mark Lussier, Arizona State
Session II: Thursday, December 30
1:45-3:00 p.m., 411-412, Philadelphia Marriott
Presiding: Alan Richardson, Boston College

"Romanticism and the Sciences of Perversion," Richard C. Sha,
American University

"The Romantic Cow: Animals as Technology," Ron Broglio,
Georgia Institute of Technology

"Shelley and the Poetics of Glaciers," Eric Glenn Wilson, Wake Forest

Respondent: Marilyn S. Gaull, New York University

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NINES Workshop

NINES Workshop in Digital Scholarship

This is to announce a week-long workshop for scholars undertaking digital projects in nineteenth-century British and American literary and cultural studies. The workshop will be held at the University of Virginia, 18-22 July 2005, and will provide a practical setting where scholars can work at the development of their individual projects with other scholars who have shared interests, goals, and problems to be addressed. The theoretical, technical, administrative, and institutional issues connected to the development of digital scholarly work will focus the workshop's activities, which will be organized around and driven by the needs of the specific projects themselves.

The workshops will be run by faculty and staff at U. of Virginia involved with the NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) and ARP (Applied Research in Patacriticism) projects.

Additional information is available at

Everyone accepted into the workshop will have their lodging, breakfasts, and lunches provided during the period of the workshop. There will be a workshop fee of $350.

Applications should not exceed two single spaced pages. They should be headed with a project title and a one-sentence description of the project. They should include as well a developed project description that addresses each of the following matters:

the scholarly rationale for the project;
the technical and theoretical problems that face the project and that can be addressed in the NINES workshop;
the expected duration of the project, its phases, and some description of the current state of work;
the digital technology used or needed by the project;
and the technical support available to the scholar at his/her home institution.

Send applications by January 15th to:

Applicants are expected to secure financial support from their home institutions. For scholars in need, some financial support (for travel and workshop fees) is available. For applicants requesting financial aid, a separate document (not to exceed one page single-spaced) should accompany the workshop application explaining why aid is needed.

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British Fiction, 1800–1829

Charles E. Robinson has just brought to our attention an important new Website entitled "British Fiction, 1800–1829: A Database of Production, Circulation, and Reception."

Produced in Cardiff University’s Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, the site "allows users to examine bibliographical records of 2,272 works of fiction written by approximately 900 authors, along with a large number of contemporary materials (including anecdotal records, circulating-library catalogues, newspaper advertisements, reviews, and subscription lists)."

You can find the British Fiction Website at


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New Byron Society Websites

The Byron Society of America is pleased to announce two new Websites: one for the Byron Society of America; and the other for the Byron Society Collection at the University of Delaware.

Please go to where you will find a splash page or gateway to both sites, from each of which you can easily negotiate to the other.

In the Byron Society Website, you will encounter such things as membership benefits and forms, a history of recent Byron papers at the MLA, a list of the first five Leslie A. Marchand Memorial Lectures (with McGann's lecture available in full text and with others to follow, including the wonderful lecture that Romulus Linney delivered this past Friday), and application forms for travel grants for graduate students.

In the Collection website, you will encounter Byron images and text that will lead you to such things as a donor page, a yet-to-be-developed book-sale page, and a catalogue of many of the items in the Collection, including books, booklets, busts, conference proceedings, engravings, exhibition catalogues, lithographs, manuscripts, sale catalogues, and much else.

We hope that you will use, enjoy, and learn from these websites, both of which will be further developed over the next few months.

Charles E. Robinson, Executive Director
Byron Society of America

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Call for Papers: BARS 2005

BARS: The British Association for Romantic Studies Biennial Conference
deadline October 15, 2004

28-31 July 2005
University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

The phrase 'Debatable Lands' has been used in reference to disputed parts of the Anglo-Scottish Border since at least the sixteenth century. Popularised by Walter Scott, the term was extended to other geographical areas and into metaphorical use in the nineteenth century. Macaulay in 1828 described history as the "debatable land" between Reason and Imagination. The BARS conference of 2005 invites an assessment of Romanticism's Debatable Lands in the fullest and broadest senses of the phrase.

Proposals for 20-minute papers are warmly invited on any aspect of the conference theme. Proposals should be not more than 300 words and submitted by 15 October, 2004. We are also interested in proposals for Special Sessions. Convenors of Special Sessions are asked to submit a title and details of the three 20-minute papers proposed for the Session by the deadline.

The conference organisers are Professor Claire Lamont and Dr Michael Rossington of the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at the University of Newcastle.

Online submission forms for proposals are available on the conference website. Alternatively you are welcome to submit a proposal by e-mail ( or by post to:

Dr Michael Rossington, BARS2005,
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
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SWIRL Symposium in Bristol

The first SWIRL symposium will be held in Bristol at the University of Bristol, on Friday 29 October 2004.

The South West Interdisciplinary Romanticism Link (SWIRL) has three aims: to strengthen a network of scholars working on different aspects of the period 1750-1850, to facilitate debate across the disciplines, and to boost the profile of Romantic studies in the region. We envisage a forum in which academics from the South West and beyond could explore the intellectual and professional challenges that currently energise our field.

This kind of project presents significant intellectual difficulties. "Romantic" can mean different things in different disciplines, and it would be foolish to impose a definition from the outset. Instead, we want to start a conversation about interdisciplinary engagements in Romantic studies. Are such things possible? Are we already involved in them? What shape might they take in the future?

With those questions in mind, we invite Romanticists to join us for a one-day symposium, comprising round-table discussions stimulated by short papers. Speakers drawn from a variety of disciplines will describe their current research and tell us how they engage with interdisciplinary approaches.

Speakers confirmed to date include:

Chris Bertram (Philosophy, Bristol)
Stephen Bygrave (English, Southampton)
Malcolm Cook (French, Exeter)
William Doyle (History, Bristol)
Caroline Franklin (English, Swansea)
Julie Gammon (History, Southampton)
Robin Jarvis (English, UWE)
James Kearns (French, Exeter)
Malcolm Kelsall (English, Cardiff)
Michael Liversidge (History of Art, Bristol)
Christine Macleod (History, Bristol)
Anthony Mandal (English, Cardiff)
Jane Moore (English, Cardiff)
Lesley Sharpe (German, Exeter)
Richard Sheldon (History, Bristol)
Jane Spencer (English, Exeter)
Asheley Tauchert (English, Exeter)
Helen Thomas (English, Exeter)

The symposium will be held in the beautiful surroundings of The Holmes, a listed building dating from 1879, where the American General Staff met during World War II. Places are limited, so please let us know soon if you'd like to come.

To register contact:

Tom Mole, Department of English, University of Bristol,


Benjamin Walton, Department of Music, University of Bristol,

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New Edition at Romantic Circles: British War Poetry in the Age of Romanticism

Romantic Circles is very pleased to announce the publication of British War Poetry in the Age of Romanticism: 1793-1815 by Betty T. Bennett, digital text edited by Orianne Smith.

This is a new electronic edition of Bennett's valuable 1976 book, in which she collected 350 poems from among over 3000 she discovered in newspapers, journals, and books of the time, together representing the complex and shifting attitudes of Britons during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Over the years since it was first published in 1976, this collection has been prized by several generations of Romantic-era scholars who owned or, after it went out of print, were fortunate to find an extant copy.  This electronic edition of Bennett's British War Poetry was created in order to give current and future scholars access to this significant work of scholarship.  Besides hypertext annotations and menus allowing the user to access the poems by date, title, and author, and a keyword search engine covering the collection as a whole, the edition includes Bennett's original introductory essay and bibliography, as well as a new bibliography listing 1030 additional war poems not included in the original book.


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New Play: The Bride of Prejudice

This announcement of a new play about Byron just appeared online:

Announcing the world premiere of The Bride of Prejudice: The Marriage of Lord Byron, a new play by Peter Dunne, running Tuesday 5 October-Sunday 24 October; Tuesdays-Sundays (7:45pm) at Barons Court Theatre, 28A Comeragh Road, London, W14 9RH (Nearest Station Baron's Court/West Kensington--Piccadilly and District Lines) Admission: £12 (Concs.£10)

Box Office 020 8932 4747

Following the success of The Remarkable Piety of The Infamous, Peter Dunne's hilarious and unforgettable production about Oscar Wilde in Paris, Primrose Productions return to Baron's Court Theatre with his new play, Bride of Prejudice, the story of Lord Byron's marriage.

After the publication of Childe Harold in 1812 Whig society had a new idol, Lord Byron. Adored by the Beau Monde and in particular by Lady Caroline Lamb who hounded him relentlessly, his celebrity grew more notorious. Consequently he decided to marry and through the meditation of his confidante Lady Melbourne (known to her friends as "the Spider"), a match was proposed with her niece Annabella Milbank. Annabella refused his proposal on the basis of 'the wicked nature of his principles'. Subsequently Byron's half sister Augusta Leigh arrived in London to escape her husbands gambling debts. Byron found himself fatally drawn to this forbidden fruit and secretly they fell passionately in love. This doomed relationship and Annabella's eventual acceptance of Byron's proposal is the subject of this fascinating play, Bride of Prejudice.

For more information about Bride of Prejudice, or to interview cast or playwright, call 07951766355 or email

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New at Romantic Circles: Wat Tyler

Romantic Circles is very pleased to announce a new electronic edition of Robert Southey's historical dramatic poem about the 1382 Peasants' Rebellion, Wat Tyler. This important play was written in 1794, at an important moment politically, but remained unpublished until 1817, when a series of pirated editions appeared, printed by publishers intent on embarrassing the now-Poet Laureate Southey. The subsequent public legal battles over the work's publication and its extremely partisan reception make it worth studying, both as an example of early Romantic drama and as an episode in the political upheavals that followed Waterloo. The electronic edition was produced by a team of graduate students** at the University of Maryland, College Park under the guidance of Neil Fraistat. Matthew Hill oversaw the project through most of its stages. Michael Gamer (U Penn) stepped in to provide final assistance, reworking and finishing the project, expanding and rewriting its content.

**General Editors: Anne Benvenuto, Eric Berlatsky, Matthew Hill, Lisa Delucia Lewnes, Erin Sadlack, Ingrid Satelmajer. Contributing Editors: Claudia Bowe and Jonna Perillo.

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