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"And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you'd be? ... You'd be nowhere. Why, you're only a sort of thing in his dream! If that there King was to wake you'd go out -- bang! -- just like a candle!"

"Hush! You'll be waking him, I'm afraid, if you make so much noise."

"Well it's no use your talking about waking him when you're only one of the things in his dream. You know very well you're not real."

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Hey Ithacans! I'm going back

to do something unconfinable with the great Cornellian Romanticists. All these people rock. I'm a little bit star struck. What will I wear?

--I'll see you if you're around in October.

Dear Gina,

Cynthia Chase and I are putting together a conference called "Unconfinable Romanticism" for next October 21 and 22 (Friday and Saturday) and would be delighted to have you take part. The tentative plan is to have three sessions, one on Friday and two on Saturday, each with three or four speakers. One of the aims is to call attention to the important work on Romanticism that's been done at Cornell. We're inviting a number of former Cornell students, including Karen Swann, Adela Pinch, Anne Mallory, Laura Quinney, Ted Underwood, and Josh Wilner. We're including Will Hacker and you of more recent vintage. In addition, Anne-Lise Fran├žois (who we've offered an assistant professorship to and who will be at Cornell for the coming year --and we hope longer!) will take part. We're also including two non-Cornellians: Rei Terada and Orrin Wang.

Each participant will give a half-hour presentation. We hope very much that you will join us.

The conference will be unofficially linked with the Gottschalk Lecture on Thursday the 20th, to be given by another former Cornellian, Marc Redfield, who will also attend the Friday and Saturday panels.

As you can tell from the title, the sky's the limit as far as what participants talk about; Wordsworth and superstition would be of course in the mainstream but if you'd prefer another topic or focus we'd welcome whatever you settle on.


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