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This January, celebrate English Romanticism in New Hampton

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The New Hampton Historical Society in collaboration with The Gordon-Nash Library is sponsoring a month long focus of the English Romantic Period. The program is being funded by a community grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. On December 5, 2013, Cathy Vincevic, Director of the Gordon-Nash Library announced a variety of events that have been planned for the month of January 2014.

Romanticism was an artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century. The major characteristics of Romanticism include the valuation of intensely felt emotion, the importance of creative expression, and the possibility of transcending ordinary experience, which was referred to as achieving a state of sublimity. Romanticism elevated the role of spirit, soul, instinct, and emotion.



January 8, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A book discussion of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" will be led by Jane Smith, former English professor at the New Hampton School . There will also be an on-going discussion at CLICK HERE for the online book discussion group.

Presentation by Michael Ferber, Ph.D.
January 15, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Professor Ferber, Ph.D. will look at some poems and paintings that capture something of the spiritual transformation of English Romanticism that radically redefined God, nature, and the soul.

Michael Ferber is a professor and director of graduate studies in the English department at the University of New Hampshire. His research interests include romantic poetry, western literature from the Greeks forward, and war and peace studies. He has written or edited five books about Romanticism and a dictionary of literary symbols. When he was a graduate student during the Vietnam War he was indicted for conspiracy to violate the draft law and stood trial with Benjamin Spock the baby doctor and Rev. Coffin, chaplain of Yale.

Presentation by Ann McClellan, Ph.D.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Professor McClellan traces the rise of Romantic ideology beginning in the works of Wordsworth and Coleridge through the Neo-Classical backlash of Keats and Percy Shelly to the fascination with the Gothic, culminating in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

"The Romantic Period in literature is the 1960s of the 18th century. Together we will explore the historical, political, and cultural events that helped shape one of the most tumultuous periods in literary history."

Ms. McClellan is professor of English and department chair at Plymouth State University where she teaches classes in 19th and 20th century British Literature. Her research explores the complex relationships between literature and culture, with publications ranging from fictional representations of British women intellectuals to her current project on fan culture and the popularity of Sherlock Holmes.


Showing every Friday in January from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

"Bright Star" Description from Amazon

"From Jane Campion, Academy Award winner of "The Piano", comes a sweeping love story that will carry you back through time to experience the passion and romance between acclaimed poet, John Keats and his beloved muse.

London 1818: a secret love affair begins between 23 year old English poet, John Keats, and the girl next door Fanny Brawne, an outspoken student of high fashion. This unlikely pair began at odds, he thinking her a stylish minx, while she was unimpressed not only by his poetry but also by literature in general."

All programs are free, open to the public and held at the Gordon Nash Library, 69 Main St. , New Hampton, NH.

In addition to the events, the Gordon-Nash Library will have on display a mural, made available by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, depicting poems, paintings, important events and people that capture the essence of this period.

For more information contact Cathy Vincevic, Director, The Gordon-Nash Library at 603-744-8061 or Gordon DuBois, President of the New Hampton Historical Society at 603-279-0379.


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