The Emergence of Keats as a Poet

2017 marks the bicentennial of the emergence of Keats as a poet in his own right. Speakers at the 2017 Symposium will discuss the contours of the 1817 volume and its importance to Keats’s larger aesthetic project, his interventions and contributions to the larger literary culture of his day, and Keats’s wide-scale pollination of subsequent poetics during a roundtable on Keats’s afterlives.

A Blackwood’s Bicentenary in Edinburgh

July 24-25, 2017 University of Edinburgh “A Blackwood’s Bicentenary: being, 36 Hours of Heady Discourse, Heated Debate, and Ambrosian Nights in Edinburgh” After a rocky and decidedly dull first six months as the Edinburgh Monthly Magazine, William Blackwood’s monthly underwent a complete rebranding for its October 1817 issue. Unofficially edited by two Scottish wags (John[…]

Byron’s Manfred: Dramatic Reading, Symposium

Now that this event has passed, please see our post-event follow-up,  with video of Dr. Jerome McGann’s keynote address and a follow-up interview.  April 20-21, 2017 New York “The Bicentenary of the Publication of Lord Byron’s Manfred: a Dramatic Reading of the Play and a Symposium in NYC” Dramatic Reading of Manfred: Thursday, April 20,[…]

Romantic Novels 1817 Series

January — November 2017: six monthly sessions University of Greenwich campus Date Speaker / Text Friday 27 January 6pm Gillian Dow (Southampton / Chawton House Library) – Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey The January session will take place at the University of Greenwich, in Queen Anne Court (marked ‘2’ on the map), Room 075 (View map) Friday[…]

‘On This Day in 1816’: The Bicentenary of Frankenstein’s Composition

19.00, 14 July 2016 at the King’s Manor, University of York, UK. 18.30, 23 July 2016 at the Keats-Shelley House, Rome, Italy. There will be two events in July 2016 to celebrate the bicentenary of the composition of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The same event will be held in two locations: the Keats-Shelley House, Rome,[…]

‘On This Day’ BARS Blog Series

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[…]

Ada Lovelace

Birth Day: Augusta Ada, Countess of Lovelace

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[…]