Romanticism Scholars Drawn To B.C. Conference

Boston College co-sponsored the fourth annual meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism earlier this month, an event which drew over 250 leading scholars from the US and abroad.

The conference, whose theme was "Romantic Crossings," took place at the Sheraton Tara Hotel in Newton and Boston University Nov. 14-16, and involved several members of the University community. Prof. Alan Richardson (English) was coordinator for the meeting. Rattigan Professor of English John Mahoney, Asst. Prof. Beth Kowaleski-Wallace (English), part-time faculty member John Anderson (English) and Robert Biehl, a master's degree candidate in English, were among those who directed, organized or made presentations at the conference.

In addition, College of Arts and Sciences Dean J. Robert Barth, SJ, hosted a special viewing of the McMullen Museum of Art exhibition "J.M.W. Turner and the Romantic Vision of the Holy Land" for the conference participants, some of whom came from as far away as Australia and Israel.

Peter Manning, professor of English at the University of Southern California, delivered the keynote address "A Crisis in My Mental History: Mill, Wordsworth and the Question of Borders," and scholarly panels discussed topics ranging from "Romanticism and Conspiracy" to "Transatlantic Romanticisms."

"BC's presence was very evident," Richardson said last week. "In addition to faculty involvement, there were two dozen department graduate students who attended as auditors and had the chance to meet and speak with other authors." Richardson added that the conference marked the formal opening of a World Wide Web site, "Romantic Circles," in which he participates as an advisory board member and editor of the site's features page [http://www.inform.umd.edu/RC/rc.html].

The conference also was sponsored by the University of Massachusetts-Boston with additional support from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wellesley College and Boston, Harvard, Northeastern and Tufts universities.

-S.S.

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