Romantic Circles as Online Community

Lisa Spiro of the Digital Scholarship in the Humanities blog recently cited Romantic Circles as an exemplary "online community" for its long-standing devotion to diverse scholarly pursuits in a digital environment.  Her post addresses the relative dearth of collaborative work in the humanities as compared to the sciences but also points to the digital humanities as a rich source

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Romantic Circles Reviews blog goes live

We are very pleased to announce that the new Romantic Circles Reviews site has launched!  While the entirety of our reviews archive is of course accessible at this new url, we've changed the back end of our site along with the front end, allowing us to streamline the production process: our hope is to address scholarly conversations in as close to real-time as possible, publishing reviews of the books of today, rather than those of 2004.  Over the coming months, we'll be publishing very new reviews, as well as clearing out some of the older backlog of reviews -- it should be an exciting time!

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Austen and Shelley at this year's Hugo Awards

Apropos of our recent post on the zombified rewrite of Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a selection for this year's prestigious Hugo Awards (science fiction) endeavors to write Frankenstein into Austen's novel--or vice versa. Up for the best novelette category, John Kessel's "Pride and Prometheus" chronicles a meeting between Pride's bookish Mary Bennet and Frankenstein's namesake.

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_Milton_ copy B published at the Blake Archive

An announcement from the editors at the Blake Archive:

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of the electronic edition of Milton a Poem copy B.  There are only four copies of Milton, Blake's most personal epic. Copy B, from the Huntington Library and Art Gallery, joins copy A, from the British Museum, and copy C, from the New York Public Library, previously published in the Archive.

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The Intimate Portrait: drawings, miniatures and pastels from Ramsay to Lawrence

Another exhibition, this time at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, chronicles one hundred years (1730-1830) of "intimate portraits," including portraits of Walter Scott and Robert Burns.

Sir Thomas Lawrence, Portrait of Mary Hamilton, 1789
This exhibition explores a fascinating but relatively unknown type of portraiture that flourished in Georgian and Regency Britain between the 1730s and 1830s.

It features intimate portraits by Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, John Downman, Richard Cosway, David Wilkie and many others, all drawn from the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland and the British Museum, many never exhibited before.

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Thematic Blogging at RC

I'm pleased to announce an ongoing series of guest bloggers for Romantic Circles web log. RC has asked scholars to write about thematic issues in Romanticism and post their musings on the RC blog for three to four months. We're beginning the thematic thread with issues of Ecocriticism. This theme will run from July through October. Guest bloggers for Ecocriticism will be Kurt Fosso, Timothy Morton, and Ashton Nichols. In the future, we will invite other scholars with other thematic issues of interest to contemporary scholarship.

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New Editor for John Clare Society Journal

The John Clare Society Journal has a new editor and address (see below). This scholarly annual journal is fully peer reviewed, MLA listed, and is distributed worldwide to c. 600 subscribers. An index for past issues and further details for submission of articles can be found at (follow the link to "Clare Journal").

Simon Kovesi
Editor, John Clare Society Journal
Dept. of English, Oxford Brookes University
Oxford, OX3 0BP, UK

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