When the romance has gone

October 6, 2006

The British Association for Romantic Studies sends its academics news of conferences, jobs and new publications.

So imagine the surprise of its 200-plus members when a private e-mail lambasting conference participants and potential speakers was sent to all by mistake. The unnamed sender wrote that "Conference bandits, who deliver a paper, collect their credits and take off" should be excluded. They go on to brand certain colleagues "arch fiends of Romanticism... who might otherwise be abrasive, annoying, disruptive..."

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