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The coming decade will witness a series of bicentennials of great importance not just to students and specialized scholars of the British Romantic period but also to lovers of literature who during these two centuries have demonstrated a continuing enthusiasm for Byron, Keats, and the Shelleys as well as for the cultural and literary circles that radiated around them.
The initial stage of the Romantic Bicentennials project focuses on the first three years of this period, demarcated by the inception of Frankenstein in 1816 and its publication in 1818. In each of these three years, the K-SAA and BSA will cosponsor a number of events, including the first symposium on “Byron, the Shelleys, and the 1816 Geneva Summer,“ as well as “Networked Events” across the cultural field and the globe (e.g., exhibits at museums, libraries, archives, galleries; performing arts venues; locally hosted gatherings of Romanticists, public lectures).
Please see the events calendar for more information. In addition to showcasing events sponsored by the K-SAA and BSA, other events with a bicentennial flavor will appear here as well.
Co-organizersNeil Fraistat and Andrew Stauffer
Steering CommitteeJohn Bugg, Stuart Curran, Elizabeth Denlinger, Peter Graham, Jonathan Gross, Jon Klancher, Marsha Manns, Jack Wasserman, Susan Wolfson
Stuart Curran Symposia Committees2016 Symposium: The Geneva Summer Organizers: Neil Fraistat and Andrew Stauffer
2017 Symposium: Keats’s Emergence as a Poet
Program Committee Chairs: Kate Singer (Mt. Holyoke) and Susan Wolfson (Princeton)
Members: John Bugg (Fordham), William Galperin (Rutgers), Sonia Hofkosh (Tufts)
2018 Symposium: The Publication of Frankenstein
Program Committee Chairs: Jerrold Hogle (U Arizona) and Anne Mellor (UCLA)
Members: Alan Bewell (U Toronto), Stuart Curran (U Pennsylvania), Denise Gigante (Stanford), Kevin Gilmartin (Cal Tech), Jan Golinski (U New Hampshire)
Networked Events CommitteeChairs: Jon Klancher (Carnegie-Mellon) and Jon Sachs (Concordia) Members: Marsha Manns, Leslie Morris (Houghton Library), Adriana Craciun (UC Riverside), Nigel Leask (Glasgow), Steve Hindle (Huntington Library), Gillian Russell (Melbourne), Andrew Piper (McGill)
Communication FellowsArden Hegele (Columbia), Craig Stamm (Carnegie Mellon)
HISTORICAL TIMELINE FOR 1816
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April 2, 2016 - April 19, 2024
This is a new series of posts on the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) Blog curated by Anna Mercer (University of York). The series began in July 2015, and was inspired by the popularity on Twitter of the ‘OnThisDay’ hashtag, featured by the Romanticism accounts @1815now and @Wordsworthians. As we reach the bicentenaries of[…]
September 3, 2016 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
2016-2018 Arizona State University Website Current Exhibit: “Frankenstein at 200” Hayden Library, Arizona State University through December 2016 No work of literature has done more to shape the way people imagine science and its moral consequences than Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley’s enduring tale of creation and responsibility. The novel’s themes and tropes—such[…]
November 28, 2016 - November 28, 2017
The Keats Letters Project chronicles and engages Keats’s epistolary writing 200 years after it happened. On the 200-year anniversary of each letter, the KLP reproduces the letter, usually via already existing material like Harvard’s MS images or public domain print texts, along with some contextual musings about the letter, its history, and the nature of Keats’s literary life[…]
Percy Shelley wrote Alastor in the fall and early winter of 1815 while he and Mary Godwin were living quietly in a cottage at Bishopsgate, one of the eastern entrances to the Great Park of Windsor, in the Thames Valley west of London. He arranged for the printer Samuel Hamilton to produce 250 copies of a[…]
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (née Byron; 10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was a British mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the engine include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be carried out by[…]
I must here acknowledge a close, though unintentional, resemblance in these twelve lines to a passage in an unpublished poem of Mr Coleridge, called “Christabel.” It was not till after these lines were written that I heard that wild and singularly original and beautiful poem recited: and the MS. of that production I never saw[…]
In the autumn following the much-discussed “Year Without of Summer” of 1816 in which a ghost story pact spawned the writing of Frankenstein, tragedy struck the Shelleys: Fanny Imlay, half-sister to Mary, committed suicide.