Book launch Saturday includes UW-Green Bay’s Prof. Nesvet

James Rovira is pleased to announce the publication of Women in Rock, Women in Romanticism (Routledge, 2022), which is the first book-length work to explore the interrelationships among contemporary female musicians and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art, music, and literature by women and men. Featured in the book is UW-Green Bay Humanities professor, Rebecca Nesvet.

You can read more about the book here. Join James Rovira and contributors for a virtual book launch on Saturday, November 19th from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET. The book launch will be held simultaneously on Zoom and on Instagram live streaming at the account @rock.and.romanticism.

The book description:

The music and videos of contemporary musicians including Erykah Badu, Beyoncé, The Carters, Missy Elliot, the Indigo Girls, Janet Jackson, Janis Joplin (and Big Brother and the Holding Company), Natalie Merchant, Joni Mitchell, Janelle Monáe, Alanis Morrisette, Siouxsie Sioux, Patti Smith, St. Vincent (Annie Clark), and Alice Walker are explored through the lenses of pastoral and Afropresentism, Hélène Cixous, Gothic, male and female Gothic, and the literature of William Blake, Beethoven, Arthur Schopenhauer, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charlotte Dacre, Ralph Waldo Emerson, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Ann Radcliffe, William Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, her husband Percy Shelley, Henry David Thoreau, Horace Walpole, Jane Williams, Mary Wollstonecraft, and William Wordsworth to explore how each sheds light on the other and how women have appropriated, responded to, and been inspired by the work of authors from previous centuries.

The lineup for the book launch is as follows:

  • 11:55-12:10 ET – Jim Rovira introducing the book and session.
  • 12:10-12:30 ET – Alicia Carpenter on William Blake and Patti Smith
  • 12:30-12:50 ET – Rebecca Nesvet on Jane Williams and the figure of the rolling stone
  • 12:50-1:10 ET – Sasha Strelitz on Janis Joplin and “electric Romanticism.”
  • 1:10-1:30 ET- Christopher Clason – on Joni Mitchell and German Romanticism
  • 1:30-1:50 ET – Diana Edelman – on Siouxsie Sioux and the male/female Gothic
  • 1:50-2:10 ET – Sherry Truffin on St. Vincent, the Gothic, and the grotesque
  • 2:10-2:30 ET – Kristen Zemke on Romanticism and Afropresentism in Erykah Badu, Missy Elliott, and Beyonce
  • 2:30-2:50 ET – Sherry Truffin interviews Jim Rovira on Schopenhauer, music, and women in German Romanticism, and the extension of that topic to the study of British Romanticism and women in rock.

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