Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

The 2003 NASSR Conference Committee invites you to participate in

Placing Romanticism: Sites, Borders, Forms

to be held in midtown Manhattan, New York City

August 1 - 5, 2003

at the Lincoln Center campus of Fordham University


Breaking News--June 20

Updated Information--May


Plenary Speakers

 Marilyn Butler

Stuart Curran

Claudia Brodsky Lacour

Jerome J. McGann

Special Session Leaders


Ian Balfour

Alan Bewell

Marshall Brown

Catherine Burroughs

Julie Carlson

David Clark

Pamela Clemit

Jeffrey Cox

Michael Eberle-Sinatra

Elizabeth Fay

Ina Ferris

Neil Fraistat


Timothy Fulford

Kevin Gilmartin

Anthony Harding

Jill Heydt-Stevenson

Robert Kaufman

William Keach

Peter Kitson

Jon Klancher

Saree Makdisi

Peter Manning

Anne Mellor


Timothy Morton

Daniel O'Quinn

Joel Pace

Seamus Perry

Thomas Pfau

Tilottama Rajan

Alan Richardson

Nicholas Roe

Charlotte Sussman

Nicola Trott

Susan Wolfson

Featured Theatre Performances

Count Basil

by Joanna Baillie
Directed by Leslie Jacobson


Death's Jest Book

by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
Adapted by Jerome J. McGann
Directed by Frederick Burwick


Samson Agonistes

by John Milton
Directed by Nancy Bogen. 

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The Election

by Joanna Baillie

Directed by Mallory Catlett.

Click here and scroll down for more information.



About the Conference

The North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), in association with the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS), announces a conference featuring transatlantic participation and themes, to take place in NewYork City's cultural center. The conference themes have been selected to represent a broad spectrum of approaches to Romanticism. Our title is intended to encompass both the diverse cultural sites of the field as well as its formal and linguistic manifestations. To support these themes, we are planning a wide array of theatre performances, museum exhibits, and special tours.  We have also secured a variety of housing options in the midtown Manhattan area, including conference discounts at midtown hotels as well as inexpensive dormitory rooms at the Lincoln Center campus of Fordham University.

In featuring the "cultural sites" of Romanticism, the conference will also be highlighting the rich field of Romantic Theatre, Spectacle, and Performance. As a special feature of the program, we will be presenting two modern-world premier theater performances from the era. The first is Thomas Lovell Beddoes' Death's Jest Book in a version adapted by Jerome J. McGann--who will also present a plenary lecture on the performance. The play is an astonishing pastiche combining Gothic spectacle, Romantic dream-vision, and Jacobean revenge tragedy. As Beddoes'masterwork, it also incorporates some of his most famous songs, and casts a new light on the evolution of what Byron called "Mental Theatre." The second play to be performed will be Joanna Baillie's Count Basil, an enormously popular drama dealingwith issues of courtship, infatuation, the male gaze, and the position of women in the public sphere. This professional production will be presented by the Horizons Theatre, an award-winning company directed by Leslie Jacobson. The conference will also feature the first Keats-Shelley Association Lecture, sponsored by one of the most influential and longstanding organizations in the field. In addition, the Keats-Shelley Association will be sponsoring several special sessions on Antiquarian Book Collecting, Library Culture, The History of the Museum, and The Private Collection.

Conference Links:

Breaking News--June 20

Updated Information--May
Click here to register for NASSR 2003.
| Important Deadlines |  New Opportunities for Graduate Student Funding |
| Dormitory Reservations | Dormitory Payments |
| Advance Reviews of Baillie's Count Basil |

 Conference Program |

| Getting to the Conference | Fordham Lincoln Center Campus | Lincoln Center Area Map |
|   Conference Committee  |   Special Sessions |  NASSR Homepage  BARS Homepage |

|  Accommodations  |  Calls for Papers |

New York Resources:

| Research Opportunities in New York | NYC Convention and Visitors' Bureau |

| Getting Around | Restaurants |


Conference Co-Sponsors:

| Fordham University|

|  Keats-Shelley Association of America |

| New York University  | Columbia University |  Princeton University |

| John Jay College | Hunter College |  Manhattan College |

|  Fordham University Literary Studies Program |


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Last updated 07/30/2003 by Leah Richards-Fisher.

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