The Research Project’s aims
In the light of the growing community between
The Project examines the ways in which selected British authors
have been translated, published, distributed, read, reviewed and discussed on
the continent of
The Project is being published by Continuum in an open-ended, multi-volumed series, The Athlone Critical Traditions: The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe. The book publication will provide an overview of European reception, covering publication and dissemination; translations; critical reviews; essays and books; biographical materials, correspondence and personal contacts, where relevant, together with annotated selections from relevant documents, extensive bibliography and index. The initial group of three consists of Francis Bacon, Lord Byron, and Virginia Woolf, to show the range and diversity of the problems involved. Several further groups of authors are concentrated in particular subject areas or periods. A list of all the volumes published and in preparation can be found at Complete Series.
The Project’s archives will be made available electronically. The Project’s extensive Database contains all the bibliographies of the volumes published so far in the Series and can be accessed via a simple registration process.
The Research Project’s History
The Project was a response to the British Academy’s 1996 invitation to its own Fellows to propose new research projects, and was formulated in accordance with guidelines calling for 'typically long-term enterprises whose chief concern is to produce fundamental works of scholarship that will be of general use to the scholarly community and on which subsequent research can be based'.
The Project was initiated through a Symposium on Reception Theory at the British Academy in April 1998, where both Prof. Bernhard Fabian and Prof. Wolfgang Iser spoke, major figures in the History of the Book and in Reception Theory respectively, and through Colloquia held at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and at other British and European venues.
Colloquia, which serve to initiate the individual volumes, have been held on the European Reception of Virginia Woolf (October 1998) and Byron (March 1999), which launched the Project’s Romanticism series. Full details of all events can be found here.
A fin-de-siècle series was launched with the
Colloquium ‘The Anglo-French fin de siècle’ at the Academy (January
2000), which was followed by a Colloquium on ‘Anglo-Irish fin de siècle
The first Colloquium in the Project’s series on historians of
the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was a two-day conference at Senate
A series of presentations of the work of the Project have been held in several countries and at Conferences on relevant authors. If any institution, department, or association is interested in arranging such a presentation, please contact the Project Director.
The Project was awarded a British Academy Network Grant for a 5-year Network on Reception Studies, which met biannually from 2004 to 2009 in London (2004 & 2005), Cambridge (2005), Aix-en-Provence (2006), Prague (2006), Paris (2007 & 2009), Brussels (2007), León, Spain (2008) and Bologna (2008). Full details of these meetings, the topics discussed and the Network Lecturers can be found under Past Events. The deliberations of the Network will be drawn together in a British Academy-sponsored Conference on Cultural Institutions and Literary Reception in Europe, to be held 14-15 June 2010 at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London.
The Research Project Administrative Base and Staff
The Project was based at the School of Advanced Study (SAS) from 1997 to 2003. The School is a federation of ten Research Institutes in the Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of London. The Project’s Director and Series Editor is Dr Elinor Shaffer FBA, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies in SAS, who is supported by the Advisory Board and Editorial Boards of the Project.
has now established a new Project Office near the
A second Project office was opened at Clare Hall, Cambridge, in January 2004, where the Project’s Reading & Reception Studies Seminar meets every term.
The Technical Collaborator is Dr John Bovey of the
The Project’s main funding bodies have included the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB), the Leverhulme Trust, and the ESF (European Science Foundation), whilst the Project’s research posts have been supported by the MHRA (Modern Humanities Research Association) and the U.S.-based Association for the Advancement of Intercultural Understanding.