The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0044  Tuesday, 11 January 2005

From:           Stephen Behrendt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 10 Jan 2005 09:22:54 -0600
Subject:        NEH Summer Seminar


"Genre, Dialogue, and Community in British Romanticism"

13 June - 22 July 2005
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Directed by Stephen C. Behrendt

Participant stipend: $4200



I invite applications from colleagues in English studies (especially
later 18th and early19th century British literature and culture) for a
six-week interdisciplinary NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers here
at the University of Nebraska in summer 2005. Together, we will examine
some of the interrelations that often go unexplored in traditional
scholarship between works executed in a particular genre (poetry, prose
fiction, drama, etc.) and contemporaneous productions both in the other
literary genres and in extra-literary areas like the visual arts, music,
politics, economics, science, print journalism, and history and

My goal is to bring together a diverse range of colleagues, regardless
of stage of your career at which you find yourself, to explore ways in
which this sort of cross-genre inquiry can energize and refocus both our
research and our teaching. You will each conduct research on your own
individual projects in the various genres, of course, but we will spend
time together discussing parallel developments and phenomena in those
other genres (and areas of cultural production) with which each of us we
may be less familiar than we are with our most accustomed one. Too often
we find ourselves academically grounded in a particular genre and
confined for both curricular and professional reasons to conducting most
of our work in that genre. I hope that our collegial seminar
conversation will help lead us all to more wide-ranging and more
culturally diverse scholarship and teaching in Romanticism - and in
other areas.

The University of Nebraska Libraries offer splendid resources for the
study of Romanticism in these broader contexts. In addition to the
"Corvey Collection" of nearly 10,000 Romantic-era titles in English,
French, and German, the library's extensive microform (and other)
archives of contemporary periodicals permit detailed contextual study of
the Romantic literary culture. The library is a modern and well-stocked
one, with excellent electronic resources for advanced study, including
high-speed internet and a burgeoning program of initiatives in
electronic scholarship and electronic texts, to all of which you will
have full access.

You will enjoy full library privileges as visiting faculty, as well as
visiting scholar status in the Department of English, where you will
have individual office space during the seminar. All Campus Recreation
facilities, including gym and pool, will be available to you.

I have posted a detailed description of the seminar at the following URL:


This site has links to university resources (including the library and
housing accommodations), to the necessary application information and
forms, and to a variety of community attractions. Lincoln is a pleasant
and inviting place to work in the summer, and I look forward to
welcoming and working with you and your colleagues.

I actively encourage applications from colleagues not just in English
Studies, but also in History, Theatre, Art History, Music History,
Journalism (and the history of print culture), Economics, and
Comparative Studies in the Humanities. Please tell your colleagues!

Please let me know if I can answer any questions or provide further

Stephen C. Behrendt
George Holmes Distinguished Professor of English
319 Andrews Hall
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588-0333
Phone: (402) 472-1806
FAX: (402) 472-9771
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