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2017 William Morris Events in the United States


A 3 day trip to Roycroft and Buffalo is planned by the William Morris Society of Canada, 27-29 October, 2017. For details, write info@wmsc.ca.

Talks, Lectures, and Conferences

The William Morris Society-US will sponsor a session “Objectifying Morris” at the Modern Language Association Convention, to be held in New York City 4-7 January, 2018. There will also be an associated co-sponsored session arranged by board member Paul Acker on “The Pre-Raphaelites and the Pierpont Morgan Library,” accompanied by an exhibit of the Library's Pre-Raphaelite holdings.

Ruskin on Art and Architecture, Conference 1-2 December 2017, University College London and Courtauld Institute, proposals by 15th October. More details

Morris in New York City: MLA 2018 
The Modern Language Association Convention will be held in New York City 4-7 January, 2018. Friday January 5th will be a full day, with two sessions at the Sheraton Hotel, followed by a tour of an exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite materials at the Morgan Library and our annual dinner. Free session passes are available for non-MLA members, and if you would like one, please let Jason Martinek know before the convention at jasondmartinek@gmail.comMore Details ...

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10 am to 5 pm, University of Delaware Library, Newark DE "Reflections on Alice and Lewis Carroll" Speaker - Mark Samuels Lasner, Senior Research Fellow, University of Delaware Library: "I Am Not a Carroll Collector" See full schedule of talks and events

"Mastering the Masters: Pre-Raphaelites and Their Sources of Inspiration," a talk by Melissa Buron, Associate curator for European paintings at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and 2017 Amy P. Goldman Fellow in Pre-Raphaelite Studies. Wednesday, August 9, 2017. 12 noon University of Delaware Library 181 S. College Avenue Newark DE 19717. More Details

"Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection: Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art" Symposium at the University of Delaware Library • Newark, DE • March 17-18, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Elaine Showalter, Professor Emerita of English, Princeton University

On March 17 and 18, 2017 the University of Delaware will host a two-day symposium, "Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection: Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art." In addition to Elaine Showalter, the speakers will include Mark Dimunation (Library of Congress), Barbara Heritage (Rare Book School, University of Virginia), Edward Maggs (Maggs Bros. Ltd., London), Joseph Bristow (UCLA), Linda K. Hughes (Texas Christian University), Margaretta S. Frederick (Delaware Art Museum), William S. Peterson (Emeritus, University of Maryland), David Taylor (UK historian and author), and Margaret D. Stetz (University of Delaware).

The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration in advance is requested.

More information, including online registration, will be available at library.udel.edu/msl-symposium-2017

Hotel arrangements have been made at
Homewood Suites
640 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19713
Anyone booking rooms should reference "Mark Samuels Lasner Symposium” for the room block and discount rate.

The symposium is being held in conjunction with the exhibition
"Victorian Passions: Stories from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection," curated by Margaret D. Stetz, University of Delaware, on view in the Special Collections Gallery, UD Library, from February 14-June 3, 2017.

The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection focuses on British literature and art of the period 1850 to 1900, with an emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and writers and illustrators of the 1890s. It holds more than 9,000 books, letters, manuscripts, and artworks, including many signed items by such figures as Oscar Wilde, George Eliot, Max Beerbohm, William Morris, Christina and D. G. Rossetti, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Aubrey Beardsley.

In 2016, Mark Samuels Lasner gave his collection to the University of Delaware. It is the largest and most valuable donation in the Library’s history.

Modern Language Association Convention,
Austin, Texas, 7 - 10 January 2016

M.L.A. Calls for papers

The William Morris Society seeks papers that approach Morris's literary or artistic work from the perspective of thing theory, object studies, or material culture. Send 250-300w proposals and a 1-page c.v by March 15, 2017 to Linda K. Hughes (l.hughes@tcu.edu).

Objectifying Morris: Morris and his circle are known for creating beautiful objects. These artifacts have had a significant impact on people from Morris’s own time to the present. They not only reveal much about Morris’s worldview, but also have served to inspire designers, decorators, writers, and bookmakers, leading them to appropriate and reinterpret Morrisian aesthetic ideals for a new generation. Given the recent interest in materiality, material culture, and object-oriented ontologies across disciplines, We seek papers that explore Morris and his influence through the artifacts he created and left behind. We are especially interested in papers that trace the history of specific artifacts, and how these objects inspired further literary and artistic creations.

William Morris and Modernism: Design, Literature, Politics: We seek 250-300w proposals and a 1-page c.v. for a special session co-sponsored by the William Morris Society, an Allied Organization, and the 20th- and 21st-Century English and Anglophone Forum…

…on any aspect of design (of buildings, imagined spaces, interiors, print layouts), literature, or political movements or ideologies that link members of the William Morris Circle to writers, designers, and activists associated with Modernism. Send materials by March 15, 2017 to Linda K. Hughes
(l.hughes@tcu.edu) and Stephen Ross (saross@uvic.ca).

"Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection: Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art"
      Symposium at the University of Delaware Library
      Newark, DE • March 17-18, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Elaine Showalter, Professor Emerita of English, Princeton University. For details click here

William Morris and Victorian Radicalism
NEMLA, Baltimore, MD • March 23-26, 2016 

  • Florence Boos, U of Iowa, “A Jonah’s Eye View of the Whale”: Morris’s Socialist Diary 
  • Michael Martel, UC Davis, "News from Anytown: The Local States of William Morris and the Socialist League"
  • Kate Neilsen, Boston U, “`England is now a garden': Ecology, Culture, and Gender in News from Nowhere"