Anne Williams, 2003–2004 | National Humanities Center

Anne Williams (NHC Fellow, 2003–04)

Project Title

Monstrous Pleasures: Gothic Operas from Horace Walpole to Horror Movies

University of Georgia

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2003–04

Anne Williams revised her translation of the Scribe/Delavigne libretto in French for Gounod's failed opera, La Nonne sanglante (1854), and wrote a critical introduction for a special edition of the journal Romantic Circles on the topic of romanticism and opera. She rewrote an essay, "Ghostly Voices: 'Gothic Opera' and the Failure of La Nonne sanglante," to be published in a collection of essays, Operatic Migrations, edited by Downing Thomas and Roberta Martin (Ashgate, 2004), and wrote an essay, "Shelley's Gothic Masquerade, or What's a Major Poet Like You Doing in a Genre Like This," for a collection of essays called The Unfamiliar Shelley, edited by Alan Weinberg and Timothy Webb. She also wrote a review of G. Gabrielle Starr's Lyric Generations: Poetry and the Novel in the Long Eighteenth Century for Studies in Romanticism. She continued her research on a book-length manuscript, 'Monstrous Pleasures': Horace Walpole, Opera, and the Conception of Gothic.