A Statement from NGSC Co-Chairs

We are deeply saddened and angered by the wrongful deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. We recognize that these are just two victims in a longer, pernicious history of racism that has plagued our society beyond the beginning of #BlackLivesMatter and Civil Rights Movements. Now, more than ever, we need to be responsible and accountable for holding conversations surrounding antiracist and anticolonial ideas from our past and our present. The NASSR Graduate Student Caucus is fully committed to helping young scholars engage in antiracist conversations surrounding Romantic-era literature.

Disastrous Summers: NASSR Graduate Student Caucus’s First Quarterly Blog Series (Updated)

 

Extended Deadline for Abstract and Author Bio Submissions: August 20th, 2020 

Contact email: nassrgradstudentcaucus@gmail.com

The NASSR Graduate Student Caucus welcomes abstracts by fellow graduate students related to social, personal, environmental, and political disasters associated with the Romantic Period. The ongoing pandemic and #BlackLivesMatter protests raise several parallel themes seen during the nineteenth century that make this topic very timely. In response to the current conversations and protests surrounding institutionalized racism in our current society, we are re-circulating our CFP to encourage fellow Romanticists to consider how we can see these same problematic topics and themes in nineteenth-century literature. This call for papers is for a rolling academic blog series on the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus forum on Humanities Commons. Although all proposals will be considered, we are most interested in essays relating to political and environmental disasters in the Romantic era, with special emphasis pertaining to:

  • Racism and Slavery in the Romantic Period
  • Global Romanticism
  • #Bigger Six
  • Eco-critical readings of Romantic-era works
  • Texts written about or during summer
  • Bodily and/or mental illness
  • Romantic era society and politics

Submission Guidelines

We are asking those interested to submit 300 to 500 words abstracts and 200 words author biographies by June 9, 2020. Abstracts and author biographies should use Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spacing, and be combined into a single file submission. Submitted essays are expected to adhere to MLA 8th Edition formatting and citation style and be no more than 2,000 words in total. Please submit your application by email at nassrgradstudentcaucus@gmail.com, with your last name and the word “BlogSubmission” as the file name. 

About the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus

The NASSR Graduate Student Caucus (NGSC) is intended as a venue, under the aegis of NASSR (North American Society for the Study of Romanticism; www.nassr.ca/), for graduate students interested in the study of Romanticism to make contact with one another and to share intellectual and professional resources.

We are committed to working together to further the interests, not only of the graduate student community in Romantic studies, but also of the broader profession, by helping to train active and engaged scholars who will continue to strengthen and advance themselves and the discipline. All graduate student members of NASSR are invited to attend caucus meetings and to participate in elections and panels.

For any queries, please feel free to email the organization committee at nassrgradstudentcaucus@gmail.com, or visit our website at http://nassrgrads.hcommons.org/ for more information.

CFP NGSC’s First Quarterly Blog Series

Disastrous Summers: NASSR Graduate Student Caucus’s First Quarterly Blog Series

Deadline for Abstract and Author Bio Submissions: June 9, 2020
Contact email: nassrgradstudentcaucus@gmail.com

The NASSR Graduate Student Caucus welcomes abstracts by fellow graduate students related to social, personal, environmental, and political disasters associated with the Romantic Period. The ongoing pandemic raises several parallel themes seen during the nineteenth century that makes this topic very timely. This call for papers is for a forthcoming academic blog series on the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus forum on Humanities Commons. Although all proposals will be considered, we are most interested in essays relating to disasters in the Romantic era, with special emphasis pertaining to:

Eco-critical readings of Romantic-era works
Texts written about or during summer
Bodily and/or mental illness
Romantic era society and politics

Submission Guidelines
We are asking those interested to submit 300 to 500 words abstracts and 200 words author biographies by June 9, 2020. Abstracts and author biographies should use Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spacing, and be combined into a single file submission. Submitted essays are expected to adhere to MLA 8th Edition formatting and citation style and be no more than 2,000 words in total. Please submit your application by email at nassrgradstudentcaucus@gmail.com, with your last name and the word “BlogSubmission” as the file name.

About the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus
The NASSR Graduate Student Caucus (NGSC) is intended as a venue, under the aegis of NASSR (North American Society for the Study of Romanticism; www.nassr.ca/), for graduate students interested in the study of Romanticism to make contact with one another and to share intellectual and professional resources.
We are committed to working together to further the interests, not only of the graduate student community in Romantic studies, but also of the broader profession, by helping to train active and engaged scholars who will continue to strengthen and advance themselves and the discipline. All graduate student members of NASSR are invited to attend caucus meetings and to participate in elections and panels.

For any queries, please feel free to email the organization committee at nassrgradstudentcaucus@gmail.com, or visit our website at https://hcommons.org/groups/nassr-graduate-student-caucus-ngsc/ for more information.

**EXTENDED** NASSR Grad Student Caucus Elections: Call for Nominations

Washington Allston, Landscape with Lake (1804)

**We’ve decided to extend the deadline for nominations until Monday, August 12!**

Dear all,

The NASSR Graduate Student Caucus (NGSC) is having an open call for 4 new co-chairs, 2 from the US and 2 from Canada. Please submit nominations (self-nominations are welcome) to nassrgradstudentcaucus@gmail.com with a 150-word bio by Wednesday July 10th. We will then post the nominees on our blog the following day.

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As Autumn Turns to Winter

By Emily Rupp

When I took my undergraduate survey course on British literature from the Romantics to the present, I had a little habit of writing down the poems I loved reading the most into the margins of my (now abandoned) bullet journal.  The imagery of the poems most often motivated me to collect them, but I also kept poems that held messages that resonated with me.  I didn’t want to forget them, and I certainly haven’t as “To Autumn,” by John Keats, keeps coming back into my mind as this semester comes to a close.
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Connection and Taking Care: Lamb and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

By Lillian Lu

In the recent Netflix film, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, set in 1946, London writer Juliet Ashton (Lily James), tired of publishing under her usual pseudonym and still recovering from the trauma of losing her parents and home during the war, is searching for something to write about. The answer comes when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman), a farmer from the island of Guernsey, who was one of the founding members of the eponymous book club during the war years and who has come across her copy of Charles Lamb’s Essays of Elia. As the island has no more bookshops, he asks if she can send him an address of a London bookshop that might carry more of Lamb’s books. The Romantic essayist, Dawsey tells Juliet, was a great comfort to him during World War II, during which Guernsey was occupied by the Germans, all children evacuated, a curfew put in place, land mines planted on the beach, and their livestock taken away.
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#NASSR18 Day One

By Stephanie Edwards

Throughout the weekend, we will be having some guest bloggers share their experiences at NASSR’s 2018 conference. Today, Alicia McCartney takes us through a wide array of panels in her recap of day one of the conference!
If you are at #NASSR18 and would like to contribute a post, please get in touch with Stephanie Edwards, our Managing Editor, at edwars10@mcmaster.ca


My NASSR2018 experience began, perhaps aptly, with discussions about the end of the world.  The first panel of the day, “Mary Shelley’s Ends,” featured Jennifer Hargrave, Jamison Kantor, and Chris Washington discussing Shelley’s The Last Man and Frankenstein. Pathology, quantum physics, apocalypse, and critique of empire all played a large role in this conversation, and Hargrave in particular observed that The Last Man demonstrates a complex critique of the imperialist/colonial shift.
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