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Wordsworth's birthplace reopens

The house in the Lake District where William Wordsworth grew up reopened to the public last week after an eight-month £1m renovation. "We want visitors to be inspired to go away and find out more about Wordsworth and his poetry," said Kate Hilton, curator of Wordsworth House, Cockermouth, where the poet was born in 1770. "And perhaps to find out more about life in 18th-century Cumbria."

The people of Cockermouth bought the grand Georgian house, the finest in the town, when it was about to be demolished to make way for a bus station, and gave it to the National Trust in 1938.

See the story in The Guardian, and see the Wordsworth House site here.

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Keats @ London

For June, Keats House Museum, Hampstead, is mounting a program of events about the poet's situation in and around London--and not only at the house in Hampstead.

(No, this is not a scene from a Japanese SF movie.)

Here is the schedule of events for the next few weeks:

Wednesday 9 June  at 7.00 pm
Visit the City of London where John Keats was born and grew up. Jean Haynes, a Blue Badge Guide, will lead a walk from the banks of the River Thames to Moorgate. We will visit the site of John Keats birth, the family church and the place where his father died. Meet outside Blackfriars Tube Station at 7.00pm.
Places are limited so please book at Keats House. Tickets priced £5.50 adults,  £4.50 concessions.
Wednesday 16 June  at 7.00pm
An opportunity to visit The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret. The Museum is found at the top of a rickety spiral staircase in the barn-like roof space of an old Church. The Operating Theatre is built in the old Herb Garret of St Thomas's Hospital. While the Garret has a charming old world atmosphere of oak beams and bundles of herbs, the Theatre itself is a shocking reminder of the harsh reality of life before modern science and technology. John Keats studied to be a Surgeon Apothecary at Guy’s Hospital in 1815 and would have worked in an operating theatre like this one. Meet outside the Old Operating Theatre, 9a St. Thomas's St. London SE1 9RY (Click here for a map of St Thomas's.) Places are limited so please book at Keats House. Tickets priced £8.50.
Thursday 24 June at 7.00pm.
The Keats House Collection of books and manuscripts is held at London Metropolitan Archives in Clerkenwell. This will be a chance to view some of the items, including manuscripts by John Keats, and to hear from the Archivists who care for them.

London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road, London. EC1R 0HB

Places are limited so please book at Keats House. Tickets priced £7.50.

For more information and other events, visit the Keats House Museum Website.

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Call for Proposals: Romantic Pedagogies

"Wordsworthian Pedagogies" at Romantic Circles

Proposals are invited for an online collection of essays on "Wordsworthian Pedagogies," to be edited by Brad Sullivan. Romantic Circles is launching a new peer-reviewed series, called The Pedagogy Commons, which is designed to explore and highlight emerging teaching theories and practices in Romanticism.

This issue of the Commons will focus on "Wordsworthian" teaching and learning. How do we teach Wordsworth now? How does our pedagogy reflect or dispute critical understandings of Wordsworth and his views of poetry, creativity, and learning? How do we employ Wordsworthian ideas about the mind, experiential learning, and personal engagement in our teaching? What can we (as teachers and students) learn from Wordsworth?

This collection of essays is mainly intended for teachers of undergraduate courses on British and European Romantic literature. The editor is seeking submissions that are grounded in research (on Wordsworth, on teaching and learning, in classrooms) and (in true Wordsworthian fashion) well-considered personal experience.

You are invited to submit an essay proposal (250-word abstract) on some aspect of "Wordsworthian Pedagogies." Essays for this volume may vary in length from 3,000 to 10,000 words, and you should indicate the proposed length of your submission. Please submit your proposal to Brad Sullivan, Associate Professor of English, Western New England College [], by June 30, 2004.

The digital format of the Commons can accommodate publications which include resources such as sample syllabi, lesson plans, links to handouts, primary reading texts, or in-class exercises, web pages or samples of web-based student activities, full-color illustrations and designs, sound files, and so on. In your proposal, please include comments about your plans to use these kinds of elements. If you'd like to see examples of what's possible in this medium, you might take a look at the Romantic Circles Praxis volumes. Generally we encourage all essays to include the following elements: (1) a guide to further reading, and (2) links to useful online resources.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Romantic Circles editorial staff will adapt the code and design of essays and materials to site standards, so submissions may be in MSWord or HTML. Final essays (and permissions) will need to be submitted to Brad Sullivan as e-mail attachments by September 30, 2004.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS: June 30, 2004. Please submit your proposal to Brad Sullivan . If you have questions about the proposed volume, or wish to discuss possible topics, please contact the editor at the same email address.

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Day Conference: Romantic-era Writing for Children

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 to register.

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Keats House given Full Registered Museum status

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

    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.


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    Two Byron Events in England

    "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

    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:

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


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    NASSR 2004: program and registration

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

    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

    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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