Friday 15 - Saturday 16 September 2017, Senate House

Convenors: Anna Mercer (University of York), Harrie Neal (University of York)

Keynote speakers: Prof. Nora Crook (Anglia Ruskin University), Prof. Michael O'Neill (Durham University), Prof. Kelvin Everest (University of Liverpool)

This two-day conference, supported by the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York, celebrates the writings of two major authors from the Romantic Period: Percy Bysshe Shelley (PBS) and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (MWS).

A continuing scholarly fascination with all things 'Shelley' is due in part to the unprecedented access we now have to their texts (in annotated scholarly editions) and manuscripts (presented in facsimile and transcript). The Shelleys' works are more readily available than ever before. Similarly, the lack of an annual or even frequent conference dedicated to PBS (comparable to those that exist for other Romantic writers) has prompted the decision to organise this event for 2017. Excitingly it is now, in the first part of the 21st century, that the most detailed comprehensive editions of PBS's works are in production (The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley ed. Donald Reiman, Neil Fraistat and Nora Crook is already well advanced, with Vol VII published soon, and The Poems of Shelley ed. Kelvin Everest, G.M. Matthews, Michael Rossington and Jack Donovan is nearing completion).

Previous conferences at Gregynog in 1978, 1980, and 1992 and the Percy Shelley Bicentennial Conference in New York in 1992 have provided a wonderful legacy for future Shelleyan academics, and it is in the spirit of these events that we will present The Shelley Conference 2017. We include MWS in this new conference, as she also does not have her own regular academic event. However, the recent conference 'Beyond Frankenstein's Shadow' (Nancy, France, 2016) focused specifically on MWS, and the emphasis placed on her work at the 'Summer of 1816' conference (Sheffield, 2016) indicated that her role on the main stage of Romanticism is increasingly appreciated.

It is for these reasons that the 'Shelley' of the conference title is left ambiguous. The Shelleys are increasingly seen as a collaborative literary partnership, and modern criticism reinforces the importance of reading their works in parallel. The nuances of this, however, are far from simple, and this statement does not imply there is anything like a sense of either consistent 'unity' or 'conflict' when considering the Shelleys' literary relationship. This is the kind of issue which will be explored at The Shelley Conference 2017.

Advisory Board: Prof. Kelvin Everest (University of Liverpool), Prof. Michael Rossington (Newcastle University)

  • £45 Standard rate
  • £15 Concessions rate (students / unwaged / retired)

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This conference is generously supported by The White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, Romantic Bicentennials, The British Association for Romantic Studies, The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York.


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