Katherine D. Harris has made us aware of her lecture “British Ingenuity from German Invention: The Legacy of Rudolph Ackermann and Nineteenth-Century Literary Annuals“:
The overwhelming evidence of Rudolph Ackermann’s ingenuity as a publisher in early nineteenth-century London culminates in the development and execution of the first literary annual, The Forget Me Not, which was published by Ackermann 1823-1847. His efforts caused an explosion of British literary annuals that encouraged the production of portable thematic artwork, the gothic short story, poetry by women authors, ekphrastic writing, travel narratives, political and comic writings, among other literary and visual culture. By engaging with the literary annual as a material representation of British Romanticism, I propose to take the audience through an exploration of the development of British nationalism, alternative forms of femininity, and literary taste — all the while based on “borrowing” literary and print culture from Germany, France, and Spain.
The talk is based on my recently published literary history, Forget Me Not: The Rise of the British Literary Annual 1823-1835 (Ohio UP 2015).