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It's Alive! Shelley-Godwin Archive Launched

The Shelley-Godwin Archive, launched on October 31, is now live. The new digital resource comprises the manuscripts of Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.  For the first time ever, the widely scattered manuscripts of England’s “first family of writers” are being brought together in digital form online for worldwide use.  Visit the site at

Since its release, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among others, have covered the new resource.

Created in partnership with the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the MITH at the University of Maryland, the Shelley-Godwin Archive makes manuscripts and early editions of works by these four key writers of British Romantic literature freely available to the public online.  They will enable scholars to study, annotate, and manipulate manuscripts in ways that they could never do with paper or single images. Bringing all four writers together, it will allow scholars to unite the critical, historical, and biographical strands of their research.  Most of the primary material in the Shelley-Godwin Archive is drawn from The NYPL’s Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle and the Bodleian's Shelley holdings, the two foremost collections of these materials in the world.

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CFP: NASSR 2014 - Romantic Connections

We invite proposals for an international Romanticism conference, to be
held at the University of Tokyo on June 13–15, 2014. This event will
bring together four scholarly societies from three continents: it is a
supernumerary conference of the North American Society for the Study
of Romanticism (NASSR), also supported by the British Association for
Romantic Studies (BARS), the German Society for English Romanticism
(GER), and the Japan Association of English Romanticism (JAER).

Over the last two decades, there has been sustained scholarly interest
in the connections between European Romanticism and the peoples,
cultures, and literatures of the rest of the world. While our approach
will be informed by the legacy of Saidian “Orientalism,” we are
particularly interested in models of intercultural connection which
refine or challenge totalizing models of domination and subordination.
We welcome papers that shed light upon the question of “connection”
from the broadest range of perspectives: imaginative, linguistic,
material, social, sexual, scientific, economic, and political.

Drawing on our location in Tokyo, we will use this conference to
consider the broader task of forging connections between Eastern and
Western literature and scholarship. In a Japanese context, the idea of
interpersonal “connection” (kizuna) takes on a different resonance,
because of its close connection to the project of recovery (saisei)
following the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. This
conference wishes to explore how such acts of cross-cultural
translation offer the possibility of reciprocal transformations of

We welcome explorations of the reception of European Romanticism in
Asia and other regions of the world, as well as discussions of the
future status of Romanticism studies in a geographically diverse and
technologically connected scholarly world.

Proposals for papers (200–300 words) are due by November 30, 2013.

For more information, see the conference's website

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A new website for the Friends of Coleridge

The Friends of Coleridge, an open society dedicated to the appreciation of the poet, have recently launched a new website that offers a number of useful resources.

They've provided a collection of graphic and written portraits by his contemporaries, an edited and contextualized selection of his poetry, a timeline of the major events in his life, and a guide to corrections to the Princeton Poetical Works series, among others.

In addition, the site offers information about the Friends, their semi-annual publication The Coleridge Bulletin, and their other Coleridge-oriented programs of interest to both scholars and enthusiasts.

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New at RC Praxis: Romantic Numbers

Romantic Circles is delighted to announce the publication of Romantic Numbers, edited by Maureen N. McLane, a new volume in our Praxis series.

With essays by Matthew F. Wickman, Marjorie Levinson, James Brooke-Smith, John Savarese, Bo Earle, Ron Broglio, and two afterwords by Maureen N. McLane, this volume explores older and newer logics of “matching” and “counting” and “measuring” (whether statistical, geometric, or otherwise un/calculable), and it registers an upsurge of interest in formal-language, neurocognitive, and medial-historical approaches.

The six essays of Romantic Numbers invite us to think “bodies,” “multitudes,” and “subjectivity” along different axes. They ask us to think about the (romantic) one, the (romantic) proper name, quantity, and quality; they invite us to reflect on the status of poetry and measure, about the work of the novel as totalization, about models of mind, about calculuses of populations and food. Ranging through Wordsworth, Scott, Malthus, Babbage, and Galt (among others), this volume points to new directions in romanticist thinking while reconstructing the complexity of romantic-period thought.

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Update to the William Blake Archive

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of electronic editions of America a Prophecy copies B and I. Ten of the fourteen extant copies of America were printed in 1793, the date on its title plate. Copy I, now in the Huntington Library and Art Gallery, is from this printing. The eighteen plates of copy I, like those of the other 1793 copies but unlike those of the later copies, were printed on two sides of the leaves, except for the frontispiece and title page (plates 1 and 2), and left uncolored. The plates were printed in greenish-black ink; five lines at the end of the text on plate 4 were masked and did not print, and plate 13 is in its first state. Copy B was printed in 1795 with copy A in the same brownish black ink on one side of the paper, with plate 13 in its second state. Unlike copy A, however, it is uncolored except for gray wash on the title plate. Now in the Morgan Library and Museum, copy B has a very curious history. Its plates 4 and 9, which were long assumed to be original, are in fact lithographic facsimiles from the mid 1870s produced to complete the copy. For a full technical description and history of this copy, see Joseph Viscomi, “Two Fake Blakes Revisited; One Dew-Smith Revealed.” Blake in Our Time: Essays in Honour of G. E. Bentley, Jr. Ed. Karen Mulhallen. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010. 35-78. Copies B and I join six other copies in the Archive, copies E and F (1793), A (1795), M (c. 1807), and O (1821), which altogether represent the full printing history of this illuminated book.

America a Prophecy was the first of Blake's "Continental Prophecies," followed by Europe a Prophecy in 1794, executed in the same style and size but usually colored, and, in 1795, "Africa" and "Asia," two sections making up The Song of Los. Fine and important examples of all three books are in the Archive. Like all the illuminated books in the Archive, the text and images of America copies B and I are fully searchable and are supported by the Archive's Compare feature. New protocols for transcription, which produce improved accuracy and fuller documentation in editors' notes, have been applied to copies B and I and to all the America texts previously published.

With the publication of these two copies, the Archive now contains fully searchable and scalable electronic editions of 85 copies of Blake's nineteen illuminated books in the context of full bibliographic information about each work, careful diplomatic transcriptions of all texts, detailed descriptions of all images, and extensive bibliographies. In addition to illuminated books, the Archive contains many important manuscripts and series of engravings, color printed drawings, tempera paintings, and water color drawings.

Due to recent security concerns related to Java browser plugins, the Archive has disabled its Java-based ImageSizer and Virtual Lightbox applications. Users can still view 100 and 300 dpi JPEG images as well as complete transcriptions for all works in the Archive including America copies B and I. Text searching is also still available for all works in the Archive, and image searching remains available for all works except those in preview mode. In the coming months the Archive will implement redesigned pages that restore the features of ImageSizer and the Virtual Lightbox without the use of Java.

As always, the William Blake Archive is a free site, imposing no access restrictions and charging no subscription fees. The site is made possible by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the University of Rochester, the continuing support of the Library of Congress, and the cooperation of the international array of libraries and museums that have generously given us permission to reproduce works from their collections in the Archive.

Morris Eaves, Robert N. Essick, and Joseph Viscomi, editors

Ashley Reed, project manager, William Shaw, technical editor

The William Blake Archive

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New addition to Romantic-Era Songs

Announcing the latest addition to ROMANTIC-ERA SONGS

The Miller and His Men (1813), Isaac Pocock, music by Sir Henry Bishop, contributed by Christina Fuhrmann.

The site is free and all music is playable and downloadable.

Also available on the site:

Blackbeard; or, The Captive Princess (1798) [ed. Peter Broadwell]
Scenario and song texts by John Cartwright Cross (d.1810?)
Original score by James Sanderson (1769-1841).

Blue-Beard; or, Female Curiosity! (1798)
Libretto by George Colman, the Younger, Musical Score by Michael Kelly

Remorse (1813), Samuel Taylor Coleridge; music by Michael Kelly.
[contributed with commentary by Olivia Reilly]

A Selection of Hebrew Melodies, Ancient and Modern (1815)
Isaac Nathan and Lord Byron

Death's Jest-Book (published posthumously 1850) Thomas Lovell Beddoes.
Music by Brian Holmes

Animal Magnetism (1788), Elizabeth Inchbald.
Composers Isaac Nathan and J. Augustine Wade

A Bold Stroke for a Husband (1783), Hannah Cowley
Various Contemporary Composers and Lyricists, with Original Music and Arrangements by Brian Holmes and Vocal Arrangements by Holley Replogle

The Haunted Tower (1789) [from La Tour Enchantée, un Opéra-comique, by Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade]. Adapted by James Cobb, with musical score by Stephen Storace.

The Gipsy Prince (1801), Thomas Moore
with live link to complete edition on Romantic Circles

• Songs of Lady Caroline Lamb

• John Percy’s Compositions Based on Lyrics by Ann Radcliffe
Contributed by Mandy Swann

• Contemporary Settings of Byron Lyrics.

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CFP: International Byron Conference 2013

Byron ConferenceBYRON: the poetry of politics and the politics of poetry
The 39th International Byron Conference

1-6 July 2013, King’s College London, Strand Campus

Call for papers

This conference will examine Byron’s engagement with politics in the widest sense: as a poet, as a member of the House of Lords, as a commentator on his time, and latterly as a would-be revolutionary.

Academic sessions might include:
Byron and the politics of culture
Political style in Byron’s writing
Byron and the politics of the ‘Other’
Byron and the politics of emergent nations (Italy, Greece, the Americas)
Byron and the House of Lords
Byron and Napoleon
Byron as social satirist
Byron and revolution
Byron as liberal and/or libertine
Byron and religion
Byron and social class
Byron and gender/sexual politics
Byron and British political parties
Byron and imperialism
Byron and celebrity
Byron’s posthumous political influence
The ‘Byron legend’ (construction and/or appropriation)
‘Words and things’ (literature versus action in Byron’s life and work)

Proposals for papers on these and other aspects of Byron and politics, or the politics of Byron’s poetry, are welcome. Please send 250-word proposals by 28 February 2013 to

Individual presentations must not exceed 20 minutes in length. In order to accommodate the maximum number of presentations in the programme, the organisers hope to include one or more ‘round-table’ discussions around specific themes. Individual contributions to these discussions would typically be of 5-10 minutes. If you would be willing for your proposal to be included in a ‘round-table’ session, please indicate this when you send it. Ready-formed proposals for such sessions, based on a particular theme, timed to last either 90 or 120 minutes, and including a minimum of 4 speakers, will be particularly welcome.

Please note that you should normally be a current member of a national Byron Society in order to present a paper at the conference. For a list of Byron societies worldwide see

Bursaries for student presenters

Limited funds are available to help selected students meet the cost of presenting a paper at the conference (either as individual speakers or as Round Table participants). If you wish to be considered for one of these, please indicate this clearly in your proposal. Applicants will be contacted in late March and can expect to know the decision of the Academic Committee by mid-April 2013.

Academic committee

Roderick Beaton (King’s College London)
Bernard Beatty (University of Liverpool)
Peter Graham (Virginia Tech)
Christine Kenyon Jones (King’s College London)
Alan Rawes (University of Manchester)
Jane Stabler (University of St Andrews)

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New issue of the Keats-Shelley Journal announced

A new, special issue of the Keats-Shelley Journal devoted to the topic "Was There a Literary Regency?" is off the presses.

Here are the contents:

"Introduction: Was There a Literary Regency?" by STUART CURRAN
"Was There a Regency Literature? 1816 as a Test Case" by STEPHEN C. BEHRENDT
"1816 as Literary Year: Three Ways of Looking at a Literary Regency" by SONIA HOFKOSH
"The Year of Reaction: 1816 as Janus-Faced" by JERROLD E. HOGLE
"Some Caveats about Postulating a Regency Literature" by TILAR J. MAZZEO
"The Circulation of Satirical Poetry in the Regency" by GARY DYER
"The Print in Regency Print Culture" by STEVEN E. JONES
"Rethinking Regency Literature: The Case of William Cobbett" by MARK KIPPERMAN
"Broken Soldiers: Public Bodies and Next-of-Kin Notification" by SCOTT KRAWCZYK
"Regency Literature? Regency Libel" by CHARLES MAHONEY
"Robert Southey, Historian of El Dorado" by REBECCA NESVET
"'Must the event decide?': Byron and Austen in Search of the Present" by EMILY ROHRBACH
"Pedlars and Prophets: Jewish Representation in the Regency" by MICHAEL SCRIVENER


Tilottama Rajan's "Romantic Narrative: Shelley, Hays, Godwin, Wollstonecraft" (reviewed by Andrew Warren).
Alan Richardson's "The Neural Sublime: Cognitive Theories and Romantic Texts" (reviewed by Matthew Belmonte).
Nicole Reynolds's "Building Romanticism: Literature and Architecture in Nineteenth-Century Britain" (reviewed by Grant F. Scott).
Kristin Flieger Samuelian's "Royal Romances: Sex, Scandal, and Monarchy in Print, 1780–1821" (reviewed by Anya Taylor).
Sheila A. Spector's collection of essays, "Romanticism/Judaica: A Convergence of Cultures" (reviewed by Meri-Jane Rochelson).
Thomas H. Schmid and Michelle Faubert's collection of essays, "Romanticism and Pleasure"(reviewed by Peter Otto).
Emily A. Bernhard Jackson's "The Development of Byron’s Philosophy of Knowledge: Certain in Uncertainty" (reviewed by Jeffrey Vail).
David Ellis's "Byron in Geneva: That Summer of 1816" (reviewed by Andrew Stauffer).
Robert M. Maniquis and Victoria Myers's "Godwinian Moments: From the Enlightenment to Romanticism" (reviewed by James P. Carson).
Pamela Clemit's edition, "The Letters of William Godwin, Vol. I: 1778–1797" (reviewed by Victoria Myers).
Shelley King and John B. Pierce's edition, "The Collected Poems of Amelia Alderson Opie" (reviewed by Thomas McLean).
Claire Knowles's "Sensibility and Female Poetic Tradition, 1780–1860: The Legacy of Charlotte Smith" (reviewed by Rick Incorvati).
Susan Matoff's "Conflicted Life: William Jerdan, 1782–1869, London Editor, Author, and Critic" (reviewed by Charles E. Robinson).
Porscha Fermanis's "John Keats and the Ideas of the Enlightenment" (reviewed by Kathleen Beres Rogers).


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CFP: Special Issue of Women's Writing on Felicia Hemans

Katherine Singer, former site manager at Romantic Circles, and Nanora Sweet, a former electronic edition editor, have just issued a call for submissions to a special issue of Women's Writing entitled, Beyond Domesticity: Heman's in the Wider World.

Here's more:

Beyond Domesticity: Hemans in the Wider World
A Special Issue of Women’s Writing

Felicia Hemans (1793-1835) was the sole British woman poet to rank alongside male Romantics in publishing and sales before and after her death. She positioned herself as a cosmopolitan writer in major forms on post-Napoleonic topics, later becoming a pioneer in Biedermeier poetics (of privatized, domestic sentiment). This later development has dominated her recovery in contemporary Romanticism, enabling a reconstruction of “domesticity” itself as a discourse. However, domesticity may be as much an artifact of her life and career as a framework for it. In contrast, this special issue of Women’s Writing seeks essays on the alien, the uncanny, and the foreign in Hemans; the readerly, thinkerly, and artistic; the public, topical, and businesslike; the critical and prophetic.

How did Hemans think through the ramifications of the transatlantic and global worlds, in Europe, Canada, the Americas, the Middle East, and beyond? How did she capitalize on settings peripheral to London (Liverpool, Wales, Edinburgh, Dublin) and how develop networks around and beyond them? How did she rethink or refigure history, mediated by her interests in the medieval and the modern, empire and republic, science, travel, and more? Hemans was a skilled and savvy navigator of the literary marketplace, and what more can we understand about her intervention in and reshaping of publication culture, including periodicals and reviews, publishers and editing then and now? How does she establish dialogue with the myriad, uncanny “voices” in her texts, as paratexts and intertexts? Moreover, how does she experiment with poetics, genre, and medium through her play with a slew of forms? Finally, how does Hemans broach the philosophical through her meditations on ethics, protest, and gender? How does she theorize her relationships to male and female poetic influences, associates, and competitors?

Other topics may include but are not limited to the following areas:
· Contention with established institutions such as church, party, university, royalty
· History as drama; motifs of atrocity, exile, captivity, immolation, the scaffold
· Art, ekphrasis, the musical
· Style, lexicon, classical and Romantic poetics, traditional and innovative forms
· Transcendence, the afterlife, skepticism, consciousness, and prophecy

Please submit articles for consideration between 4000-7000 words to Katherine Singer, Assistant Professor of English, Mt. Holyoke College, ksinger [at] mtholyoke [dot] edu or Nanora Sweet, Associate Professor of English Emeritus, University of Missouri-St. Louis, sweet [at] umsl [dot] edu, by 22 April 2013. Initial queries about articles welcomed.

See instructions for authors and attached style sheet on the Women’s Writing website, Instead of footnotes, we use endnotes with NO bibliography. All bibliographical information is included in the endnotes. For example, place of publication, publisher and date of publication appear in brackets after a book is cited for the first time. Please include an abstract, a brief biographical blurb (approximately 100 words), and six keywords suitable for indexing and abstracting services.

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