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New Issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century on W.T. Stead

In Articles, Events on May 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm

New Issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century

The new issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century is now available at http://19.bbk.ac.uk/index.php/19/issue/view/83

When W. T. Stead died on the Titanic he was the most famous Englishman on board. He was one of the inventors of the modern tabloid. His advocacy of ‘government by journalism’ helped launch military campaigns. His exposé of child prostitution raised the age of consent to sixteen, yet his investigative journalism got him thrown in jail. A mass of contradictions and a crucial figure in the history of the British press, Stead was a towering presence in the cultural life of late-Victorian and Edwardian society. This special issue of 19, guest edited by Laurel Brake and James Mussell, celebrates Stead’s life and legacy in all its diversity 101 years on.

There will be a panel session and reception to mark the publication of this issue at the British Library, 14 May 2013, 18:30-20:00. Speakers will be Kate Campbell, Rohan McWilliam, and Tony Nicholson. Attendance is free but attendees must register. Further details here: http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event145276.html

19: INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES IN THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY   NO 16 (2013): W. T. STEAD: NEWSPAPER REVOLUTIONARY

Laurel Brake, James Mussell: ‘Introduction’
Graham Law, Matthew Sterenberg: ‘Old v. New Journalism and the Public Sphere; or, Habermas Encounters Dallas and Stead’
Lucy Delap, Maria DiCenzo: ‘“No one pretends he was faultless”: W. T. Stead and the Women’s Movement’
Stéphanie Prévost: ‘W. T. Stead and the Eastern Question (1875-1911); or, How to Rouse England and Why?’
Tom Lockwood: ‘W. T. Stead’s ‘Penny Poets’: Beyond Baylen’
Paul Horn: ‘“Two Minds With but a Single Thought”: W. T. Stead, Henry James, and the Zancig Controversy’
Sarah Crofton: ‘“Julia Says”: The Spirit-Writing and Editorial Mediumship of W. T. Stead’
Marysa Demoor: ‘When the King Becomes your Personal Enemy: W. T. Stead, King Leopold II, and the Congo Free State’
Tom Gretton: ‘From La Méduse to the Titanic: Géricault’s Raft in Journalistic Illustration up to 1912

http://19.bbk.ac.uk

“The World of Letitia Elizabeth Landon”: Grolier Club Exhibition, March 24 – May 27, 2011

In Events on March 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm

[The following notice, from Halina Adams, is cross-posted from SHARP-L.]

GROLIER CLUB EXHIBITION:
The World of
LETITIA ELIZABETH LANDON
A Literary Celebrity of the 1830s
curated by F. J. Sypher

The exhibition “The World of Letitia Elizabeth Landon: A Literary Celebrity of  the 1830s” opens at the Grolier Club, in its second floor members gallery, 47 East 60th Street, New York, on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 and runs through Friday, May 27, with manuscripts, first editions, prints, photos, and other materials to illuminate the life and art of a leading British writer of the late Georgian and early Victorian period.

In her day, Letitia Landon was an international celebrity, whose works circulated throughout the British Isles, on the Continent, and in the United States. Writings by her were translated into French, German, and Dutch, and distributed from Paris to St. Petersburg. Her work was known by Poe, Whittier, Hawthorne, and many other prominent American authors. Renewed recognition of Landon’s impressive achievement is long overdue.

Landon was born in London in 1802, and began publishing poetry at the age of 17 in an influential London periodical, The Literary Gazette. In 1824 her romantic narrative poem The Improvisatrice became a major best-seller. She also wrote reviews, articles, and stories for London journals, and contributed to popular literary annuals such as The Forget Me Not and The Keepsake. In 1831 Landon published her three-decker novel Romance and Reality, followed by successful historical novels, Francesca Carrara (1834), and Ethel Churchill (1837).

In June 1838 Landon married George Maclean, a colonial official, and sailed with him to Cape Coast, West Africa (in present-day Ghana), where she died suddenly at the age of 36. The official verdict was that she had taken an accidental overdose of medicine, but rumor attributed her death to suicide or murder. Other reports asserted that she had died from a heart attack brought on by the condition for which she was taking medication.

Landon’s work remained in print into the 1890s, and in the 20th century she was remembered in a number of biographical studies. Her voluminous publications are now again in print, and she has attracted attention for her success as a young single woman carving out an independent career in the tough arena of literary London in the 1830s.

Landon’s writing today exerts a powerful fascination in the vividness and musicality of her distinctive voice. Her typical themes are “Sorrow, Beauty, Love and Death.” As suggested in the title of her best-known novel, she writes movingly of “romance,” and incisively of “reality.”

Location and time: The World of Letitia Elizabeth Landon will be on view at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York, from March 24 through May 27,
2011. The exhibit will be open to the public free of charge, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information and directions are available under the “Exhibitions” tab of the club’s website, www.grolierclub.org.

Catalogue: An illustrated catalogue of The World of Letitia Elizabeth Landon by F. J. Sypher (price $25) will be available at the Grolier Club.

NEH Summer Seminar: Adapting Dickens, July 2011 (UC-Santa Cruz)

In Events on February 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm

“Great Adaptations: Teaching Dickens through Literary and Cinematic Adaptations”

A four-week summer seminar funded by the NEH and led by Marty Gould, Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Florida.

The seminar will be Hosted by the Dickens Project at the University of California at Santa Cruz and will take place July 3rd-30th 2011.

More information about the seminar is available on the web:
http://www2.ucsc.edu/dickens/NEH.html

The seminar will explore the pedagogical potential of literary imitators. By looking at a cluster of films and narrative rewritings of two of Dickens’s most well-known novels ( A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations), the “Great Adaptations” seminar will explore the enduring influence of Dickens on the modern imagination. Taking the position that adaptations can shed fresh light on their source texts, the seminar will consider how teachers can use adaptations in the classroom, either as tools for critical investigation or as a means of student expression and assessment. A major goal of the seminar will be to help teachers identify new ways to use adaptation in the classroom in order to engage students actively in thinking and writing about literature.

The seminar is designed primarily for K-12 teachers, but graduate students with a stated interest in K-12 teaching are also warmly encouraged to apply. Seminar participants will receive a $3300 (taxable) stipend to help defray the costs of travel to Santa Cruz as well as meals and lodging for the four weeks of the seminar. For more information (including application instructions), see the Dickens Project website: http://www2.ucsc.edu/dickens/NEH.html. Specific questions can be directed to the seminar leader at mgould@usf.edu. The application deadline is 1 March 2011.

Update: More on “Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites” at Delaware

In Events on August 24, 2010 at 10:20 pm

“Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites”

University of Delaware
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate
Delaware Art Museum

7-9 October 2010

“Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites” will be the subject of a conference and related exhibitions to be held 7-9 October 2010 at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) and at the Delaware Art Museum and the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate (Wilmington, DE). Organized with the assistance of the William Morris Society in the United States, “Useful & Beautiful” will highlight the strengths of the University of Delaware’s rare books, art, and manuscripts collections; Winterthur’s important holdings in American decorative arts; and the Delaware Art Museum’s superlative Pre-Raphaelite collection (the largest outside Britain). All events will focus on the multitude of transatlantic exchanges that involved Morris, the Pre-Raphaelites, and the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements of the late nineteenth century.

In addition to sessions featuring internationally known scholars and experts, there will be a keynote lecture by noted biographer, Fred Kaplan; demonstrations by leading practitioners who make and design Arts and Crafts objects; special exhibitions; a concert of early music; and a performance of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” by the University of Delaware’s critically acclaimed Resident Ensemble Players.

Registration fee: $150 or $75 for students. No fee for University of Delaware faculty, students, and staff.

Online registration and more information–including a list of speakers–is available at  www.udel.edu/conferences/uandb

Related exhibitions include:

DELAWARE ART MUSEUM
“A Belief in the Power of Beauty: A Selection of Work by May Morris (1862-1938)”
“On Assignment: American Illustration 1850-1950″
“Leonard Baskin: Art from the Gift of Alfred Appel, Jr.”
also permanent display of the Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art

DELAWARE CENTER FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS
“David Mabb: The Morris Kitsch Archive”
“In Canon”

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE LIBRARY
“London Bound: American Writers in Britain, 1870-1916″
“The Multifaceted Mr. Morris”

OLD COLLEGE GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
“Ethel Reed and American Graphic Design of the 1890s, From the Thomas G. Boss Collection”

HISTORIC COSTUME AND TEXTILE COLLECTION, ALISON HALL, UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
Display of women’s fashions of the Aesthetic movement, from the University of Delaware’s Historic Costume & Textile Collection, Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies

“Useful & Beautiful” is supported by Delaware Art Museum; Winterthur Museum & Country Estate; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts; William Morris Society in the United States; William Morris Society (UK); University of Delaware Library Associates; Faculty Senate Committee on Cultural Activities and Public Events; the following University of Delaware units, departments and programs: College of Arts and Sciences, University of Delaware, University of Delaware Library, Art, Art Conservation, Art History, English, Fashion and Apparel Studies, History, Institute for Global Studies, Frank and Yetta Chaiken Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Material Culture Studies, Music, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Resident Ensemble Players/Professional Theatre Training Program, University Museums, and Women’s Studies; Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Routledge Visual Arts Journals.

Byron Society Collection moves to Drew University

In Events, Societies on January 25, 2010 at 11:02 am

January 22, 2010

NEW YORK, NY—The Byron Society of America announced today that it has chosen Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, as the new home for its Byron Society Collection. The collection of almost 5,000 items, including rare books, portraits, letters, and other priceless material, will be housed with the Drew Library’s special collections, where students, scholars, and members of the public will be able to access it. Robert Weisbuch, president of Drew University and a specialist in nineteenth-century British and American writers, stated in his welcome: “The arrival of this collection will  provide a feast of research opportunities for scholars and undergraduates alike.”

Included in the Byron Society Collection are letters from Mrs. Byron, Thomas Moore, and Lady Byron, and the splendid  collection of 1,900 volumes, including many early and rare editions, together with 600 booklets and 60 material objects belonging to collector Michael Rees, former secretary of the International Council of Byron Societies. Papers, correspondence, books, and photographs once owned by the late Leslie A. Marchand, author of Byron: A Biography, and editor of Byron’s Letters and Journals, likewise form an essential part of the collection’s holdings.

The collection also includes visual representations of the poet, such as Rembrandt Peale’s 1825 lithograph of Byron, as well as statuary, mezzotints and engravings, Staffordshire figures, and decorative and other material objects that demonstrate the impact of Byron’s life and works on his readers, both past and present.

“The deposit of the Byron Society’s important archive of books and cultural materials in the Drew University Library is one of those events that do not often capture public attention,” noted Jerome McGann, editor of Byron: The Complete Poetical Works. “But it is a moment in the history of the university where its commitment to the preservation of our cultural heritage is clearly displayed.”

Drew University is known for its special collections and archives, including distinctive holdings on Willa Cather, Walt Whitman, John Wesley, and the history of world Methodism. Discussions between Drew and the Byron Society began when it became known that the university had been given the coveted Byron and Whitman holdings of private collector Norman Tomlinson.

“Drew is the natural home for the Byron Society Collection,” commented Marsha Manns, chair of the Byron Society of America and co-founder, with Leslie A. Marchand, of the Byron Society Collection. The library’s current holdings, including the Tomlinson Byron Collection, along with the value placed on collections of material culture and the university’s willingness to provide wide access to the collection, were all important considerations for the society.”

Scholars agree. “The settlement of the Byron Society Collection at Drew University opens exciting new opportunities for research and teaching in material culture,” said William St Clair, author of The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period and That Greece Might Still Be Free, “Given the rich collections already there and Drew’s pioneering work in studying the reception and diffusion of ideas, I see a perfect fit. Many scholars and others will wish to be associated with this  imaginative project.”

Drew University (www.drew.edu) is a private institution of higher learning that comprises an undergraduate college (the College of Liberal Arts), a humanities-based graduate school (the Casperson School of Graduate Studies), and a United Methodist seminary (the Theological School). Annually listed among the nation’s top colleges by The Princeton Review, Drew has an enrollment of approximately 2,700 students in its bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and certificate programs; its faculty and students are among the best in the nation, having been awarded such distinctions as Fulbright, Goldwater, Carnegie, and Rhodes scholarships.

The Byron Society of America (www.byronsociety.org) is a non-profit literary organization founded to study the life and works of the English Romantic poet, George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824), whose immense cultural impact extends from the nineteenth century to the present day. The Society is one of forty societies representing forty countries that collectively comprise the International Byron Society.

NEH Summer Seminar: “Romanticism and Aesthetics,” Nebraska

In Events on November 13, 2009 at 3:25 pm

From Steve Behrendt at the University of Nebraska:

Dear Colleagues,

I’d like to call to your attention an NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers that I will be directing at the University of Nebraska next summer (2010). The seminar will run for five weeks, from 7 June through 9 July, which will leave participants with a large chunk of their summer still intact when we finish. The stipend for this 5-week seminar will be *$3900*.

The seminar title is “The Aesthetics of British Romanticism, Then and Today.” My plan is for us to revisit the broad topic of aesthetics as related to Romantic-era writing in Britain. Especially in light of recovery and reassessment work in both poetry and prose fiction, this is a good time to examine once again — and anew — some of the “principles,” assumptions, and practices involved in assessment and valuation of literary work during the Romantic era, as evidenced by actual documents, both primary and secondary. At the same time, I’d like us also to consider recent critical and theoretical work on aesthetics as related to Romantic-era writing in particular. Participants will have opportunities to work on individual research projects in a pleasant setting with excellent library resources, and in company with other Romanticists actively pursuing related interests and projects. We will have multiple formal sessions (mornings, 3-4 times a week) for presentations and discussions on common topics relating to our subject, in part to help generate both context and shared consultation for the individual projects — which may include pedagogical ones — on which participants are engaged.

To this end, I invite inquiries and applications from colleagues working on individual writers as well as on multiple writers or writing (and reviewing) communities, in all genres, as well as colleagues involved with broader issues of aesthetics and criticism. Furthermore, I welcome inquiries and applications from colleagues in disciplines other than traditional English studies (like Philosophy, Art History, Theatre and Drama, etc.).

*NEW THIS YEAR:* NEH now permits two seminar positions to be awarded to graduate students (presumably at an advanced stage), in addition to the usual ones for college and university teachers and independent scholars. The “full” seminar will therefore be limited to a maximum of 16 participants.

*FOR FULL DETAILS:* I have posted a very detailed description of the seminar, with multiple links to further information, resources, and application instructions and materials, on my website at the following location:
http://www.unl.edu/sbehrend/html/sbsite/projects/NEH2010/Info2010.html
While this site details both the seminar content (as I foresee it) and many details about the resources, accommodations (including housing and meal arrangements), and advantages of the University of Nebraska (and the city of Lincoln) as a site for collegial study, questions may remain. I’ll be happy to try to answer these, and to respond to any and all inquiries, if you will email me.

Please consider participating in this seminar, which appears to be the 2010’s only NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers specifically in British literature.

And please spread the word to your colleagues and advanced graduate students.

Thanks, in advance, for your interest — and your help.

Cheers–

Steve Behrendt

Exhibition: “A Swinburne Gallimaufry” at Georgetown U. Library

In Events on November 13, 2009 at 10:30 am

A new Swinburne exhibition at the Special Collections Research Center, Georgetown University:

http://www.library.georgetown.edu/exhibition/swinburne-gallimaufry-selections-john-s-mayfield-papers

A Swinburne Gallimaufry: Selections from the John S. Mayfield Papers

This exhibition marks the centenary of the death of the great Victorian lyric poet, Algernon Charles Swinburne. More exactly, it is a celebration of his work, as well as of the accomplishments of one – if not the – most devoted of his collectors, John S. Mayfield.

The title of the exhibition pays homage to a collection of articles by Mayfield on Swinburne published as Swinburneiana: A Gallimaufry of Bits and Pieces About Algernon Charles Swinburne (1974), which incorporates one of Mayfield’s favorite and frequently used words, “gallimaufry.” That is to say, in Old French, “a ragout”; and in modern English, “a motley assortment.”

Arranged thematically, the exhibition highlights some of Swinburne’s major inspirations, works, and relationships. Selections of rare and limited editions of Swinburne’s works are included from Mayfield’s library.
Exhibit Space:
Howard W. Gunlocke Rare Book and Special Collections Room
Start Date:
October 5, 2009
End Date:
January 8, 2010

The exhibition brochure is available as a PDF.

Acknowledgments:

Exhibition Curator: Lisette Matano

Special thanks to Karen O’Connell, Exhibition Book Curator & Preservationist.

Thanks also to John Buchtel, Department Head; LuLen Walker, Art Curator; Christen Runge, Assistant Art Curator; and David Hagen, graphics & photography.

A debt of gratitude is owed to Mark Samuels Lasner for the generous loan of items from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection at the University of Delaware Library.

The exhibition is dedicated to Nicholas Scheetz.

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