Guest Post: The NASSR Graduate Student Caucus Blog

Hello! I’m Arden Hegele, the Managing Editor of the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus Blog, and I’m very pleased to have this opportunity to introduce our website to readers of The Hoarding.

The NGSC is a forum for graduate students in Romanticism to participate in a community beyond their institutions. We share intellectual and professional resources to help all graduate students become active and engaged scholars, and our website is a resource for involvement in Romantic studies. Any student with an interest in Romanticism can become a member of the NGSC, and can participate to whatever extent they wish.

As well as providing a supportive and collegial platform for graduate student development, the NGSC Blog is dedicated to producing innovative and exciting content for our readers in the wider scholarly community. We publish new work by graduate student writers, who come from universities across the United States and Canada, and who represent a range of programs and disciplines, but all with an interest in Romanticism.

Our feature articles include inquiries into pedagogical strategies, investigative historical work, responses to lectures, interviews with senior scholars, book reviews, close readings, and even humorous quips. I hope you’ll take a look at some of our latest pieces, which have covered such varied topics as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Romantic-era tattooing, Byron’s Hebrew Melodies in concert, horror in medicine, and Keats and cognitive science. We also feature articles in series, including the Dialogues collaborations and the “On First Looking Into…” posts by undergraduate writers, as well as occasional guest posts by our colleagues in related fields.

Two of our contributors deserve special notice. The NGSC Blog is extremely fortunate to be able to feature the creative work of our Artist-in-Residence, Nicole Geary, and our Poet-in-Residence, Melissa Walter. Both Nicole and Melissa’s art emerges from an ongoing dialogue with Romanticism, as they interpret and evolve early nineteenth-century aesthetics into contemporary forms.

Readers from any area or stage of the discipline are welcome, and I hope that you become a reader of the NGSC Blog. Are you a graduate student, and would you like to write for us? Our general call for new writers takes place at the beginning of the Fall term, but feel free to contact me at any time about becoming involved, and check out our Board Members page for information about joining our listserv. Thank you for reading, and all the best from the NGSC Blog!

Arden Hegele is the Managing Editor of the NGSC Blog. She is a  Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and a SSHRC doctoral fellow.

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