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.

**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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The Devil You (may not) Know

By Christopher Kelleher

Recently, I have been working my way through C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters (1942). The text unfolds as a series of correspondence written in Hell from a ranking demon, Screwtape, to his aspiring young nephew, Wormwood, offering advice on how to best ensure the damnation of a man known only as “the Patient.” In view of Lewis’ legacy as a Christian apologist, the Letters’ rhetorical strategy appears glaringly obvious: by playing the devil Lewis hoped to inculcate a stronger sense of faith in his readership. Yet, what is striking about the Letters is how vociferously anti-Romantic the text is in its handling of theology, eschatology, and those weighty matters of doubt and faith. In one letter, for instance, Screwtape holds Coleridge up as a model of the kind of “superficial” worship of the divine that Wormwood should aim to cultivate in his patient in order to secure his spiritual downfall.[1]
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Charles Lamb on New Year’s Eve 1820: “No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference.”

By Samantha Ellen Morse

If your inbox looks anything like mine this first week of January, it’s flooded with advertisements for gym memberships, discounted vitamins, and fancy planners that “guarantee” you reach your goals. I started wondering when the idea of a New Year resolution became such a widespread cultural phenomenon. The Romantic period seemed like a likely point of origin, given the increasing emphasis on individual experience.

“New Year’s Eve,” one of Charles Lamb’s Elia essays published in the London Magazine in January 1821, does not prove my hypothesis. But it does express an interesting attitude toward the New Year.

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Interview with Dr. Nikki Hessell, Co-Winner of the 2017 NASSR/Romantic Circles Pedagogy Contest

By Caroline Winter

Dr. Nikki Hessell is a co-winner of this year’s NASSR/Romantic Circles Pedagogy Contest, as announced at NASSR 2017 in Ottawa. Nikki is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington. She’s been kind enough to tell us about her submission and share some tips for graduate students on teaching Romanticism.
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Don Juan and the "Cosmopolitics" of Seduction

By Christopher Kelleher

What would Lord Byron say, I wonder. How might that quintessentially Romantic “man of affairs,” as Jerome McGann once delighted in punning,[1] respond to our current state of affairs? What would he say of our endlessly streaming 24-hour news cycle, or to our social media? We can never know, of course. But as a politics and news junkie, as well as a Romanticist, I love to speculate.
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