Welcome to BARS

The British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) was set up in 1989 by academics to promote the study of the cultural history of the Romantic period. Since then, BARS has organised eight International conferences at various locations in the UK, has published the BARS Bulletin and Review twice-yearly, and currently has more than 350 members.

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St Mary's Fees-only PhD Studentship

St Mary’s has fostered the intellectual, physical and spiritual development of its students to assist them to have successful careers and flourishing lives since its foundation in 1850. Postgraduate research is at the heart of its mission to create new knowledge and to engage in activities in support of social cohesion and economic development in this testing period of change for UK higher education. The School of Communication, Culture and Creative Arts (CCCA) is the home of College’s creative, critical and communications research and teaching community. It has particular research strengths in Applied Linguistics, English Literature, Irish Studies and Horror/Anime; dynamic programmes of media arts and drama performance with strong professional links and currently runs MA programmes in Applied Linguistics, Sports Journalism and Physical Theatre. It is developing MAs in Gothic, Creative Writing and Irish Studies. It is the base for the internationally-recognised Centre for Joseph Conrad Studies and its Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad and the Centre for Irish Studies. Several PhDs are currently being supervised in literature, creative writing and second-language acquisition. Eighteenth-century and/or romantic-period literature and culture, 1700-1830 Situated on the doorstep of Horace Walpole's 'little Gothic castle' at Strawberry Hill, the School of CCCA invites applications for a fees-only PhD studentship in any area of eighteenth-century and/or romantic-period literature and culture. The scholarship provides a unique opportunity to work in a thriving programme of English Literature, with world class scholars and within easy reach of central London and its libraries. Informal Enquiries: Dr Cian Duffy, Reader in English Literature, St. Mary's University College, London, TW1 4SX, England. tel: 00-44-(0)20 8240 4206; email: duffyc@smuc.ac.uk *** Applications are invited for students wishing to commence their research degree in 2012-2013 at a date to be agreed with the successful applicant. Further details on the application process, School research expertise and key contact information can be found at: http://www.smuc.ac.uk/research/prospective-research-students.htm. Completed applications must be sent to Kathy Grant, Room D114, School of CCCA, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, TW1 4SX grantk@smuc.ac.uk . For additional information about the application process, please contact Claire Tapia tapiac@smuc.ac.uk or telephone 0208 240 4164. Application deadline: Wednesday 30 November 2011. .

Nineteenth Century Studies Association, 2012 Article Prize

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association announces the 2012 Article Prize, recognizing scholarly excellence in any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (French Revolution to World War I). The winner will receive $500 at the NCSA meeting hosted this year by the University of North Carolina, Asheville, March 22-24, 2012. Articles published between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011 are eligible. The author or publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume of independent essays may submit. Send three hard copies and email address to: Professor Maura Coughlin, Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield RI 02917. Questions: mcoughli@bryant.edu. Applicants must provide verification from the editor of the venue documenting date of actual publication. One entry per scholar and three per publisher; note the entry's interdisciplinary focus. Foreign language essays must have English translations. Deadline: December 15, 2011. .

Spiritual Matters/Matters of the Spirit/Nineteenth Century Studies Association 2012 (Asheville, NC)

A reminder that the deadline for Spiritual Matters/Matters of the Spirit hosted by the Nineteenth Century Studies Association 2012 (Asheville, NC) is 30th September 2011. Further details can be found here.

Registration for BARS 2011 is now open

We would like to annouce that the Registration for the BARS 2011 Conference at the University of Glasgow is **NOW OPEN ** You can link to book from our registration page to the Conference and Visitors Service Office. In order to take advantage of the standard rate, and to access limited budget accommodation, we recommend that you register as soon as you can. All members are very welcome to attend, whether or not they are speaking. We very much look forward to greeting you in July.

Travel in the Nineteenth Century: Narratives, Histories and Collections

Please note the deadline for the CFP is 15 February 2011. All details can be found here. Please send abstracts to bars2011@arts.gla.ac.uk.

BARS 2011 International Conference: Second CFP

Please note the deadline for the second CFP is Tuesday, 1 March 2011. All details can be found here. Please send abstracts to bars2011@arts.gla.ac.uk.

Public Lecture: ‘The Great Poet and the Prodigal Son: The Coleridges’ Doomed Relationship’

Professor Anne Fadiman (Yale University) will give a free public lecture on: ‘The Great Poet and the Prodigal Son: The Coleridges’ Doomed Relationship’ Tuesday 3rd May 2011, at 7 pm St. George’s Church, Portobello, Sheffield The talk is part of the Seven Talks on Letter Writing series, organised by Dr Jonathan Ellis of the University of Sheffield in collaboration with the British Academy and the Off the Shelf literary festival. Admission is free, but places are limited, so please register your intention to come at www.shef.ac.uk/letterwriting.

Robert Burns: Inventing Tradition and Securing Memory, 1796 – 1909.

The AHRC Beyond Text Programme Project, ‘Robert Burns: Inventing Tradition and Securing Memory 1796-1909’, directed by Professor Murray Pittock, is based at the University of Glasgow and is a joint venture with the University of Dundee where the Co-Investigators are Professor Christopher Whatley and Professor Murdo Macdonald. General information about the project can also be found on the project website. The project has designed an exhibition of Burnsiana for the Mitchell Library’s ‘Treasure of the Month’ Case. This can be viewed in the Glasgow Room, on Level 2 of the library from 5th – 30th January 2011. If your research takes you to the Mitchell library, then please drop by the exhibition. We hope that you will enjoy it! Looking ahead, the project is also in the process of co-curating a larger exhibition, ‘Robert Burns Beyond Text’, at the recently re-opened Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway. This exhibition will run from 7th March – 29th April 2011. As part of the ‘Robert Burns Beyond Text’ programme of events, Murray Pittock will give a talk, ‘Robert Burns: Statues, Souvenirs and the Making of Memory’, at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway at 2pm on Sunday 13th March 2011. This has been scheduled to coincide with ‘Burnsianarama’ (1pm – 4pm): an event that invites the public to bring their own Burns memorabilia along to the museum to discuss with members of our research team. (Pauline Mackay Research Assistant: Robert Burns Beyond Text)

Staging the East: Oriental Masking in the British Theatre, 1660-1830,Friday June 11th – Saturday June 12th,2010

A conference convened by Marina Warner FBA and Elizabeth Kuti at the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS), University of Essex; in collaboration with the Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds; with generous support from the British Academy. Join us for two days of talks, performances, and demonstrations exploring how the idea of the East captivated playwrights, designers, and audiences throughout the long 18th century. . . From magical and spectacular performances inspired by the Arabian Nights, to serious drama critically examining Britain’s imperial expansion in India and beyond, the Georgian playhouse brought Eastern ‘Otherness’ to the very centre of British cultural life. Often through ‘illegitimate’ forms such as melodrama and romance, the playhouse generated a rich and sensuous store of images, plots and fantasies which continue to inform our culture and influence our attitudes to the East, to Islam and to our imperial legacy. Many women playwrights made a particularly marked contribution in this area: Elizabeth Inchbald, Hannah More, Hannah Cowley and Delarivier Manley, among others, all made ground-breaking use of Eastern settings and themes to comment covertly on war, gender, power, despotism, and revolution. There will be a diverse range of talks, performances and demonstrations from an international group of speakers, including both academics and theatre practitioners: Daniel O’Quinn, Mita Choudhury, and Bridget Orr; music historians Angela Escott and Berta Joncus; designer-scholar Christopher Baugh; the convenors Marina Warner and Elizabeth Kuti; and theatre directors Tim Supple (whose international production of the 1001 Nights is currently in preparation), Colin Blumenau (Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal), and Abigail Anderson (Associate Director, Theatre Royal) as well as Helga Brandt (Heritage Manager at the Theatre Royal). Topics under discussion will include plays, writers, audiences, theatre music, and stage design; and the challenges faced by theatre artists and practitioners in bringing this long-neglected repertoire to 21st century audiences. The conference is held in the historic Theatre Royal at Bury St. Edmunds – the UK’s only surviving, working Regency playhouse and the only theatre owned by the National Trust. Through its Restoring the Repertoire project, the artistic team has specialised in reviving neglected plays from the Georgian era, through readings, lectures and full productions. On the evening of Friday 11th June at 7pm Colin Blumenau will direct a rehearsed reading of Hannah Cowley’s A Day in Turkey (1791)(included in conference ticket). Staging the East is open to the public; tickets can be booked by phone at Theatre Royal Box Office on 01284 769505 or online at www.theatreroyal.org and are £35 and £25 concessions (price includes ticket to A Day in Turkey as well as tea and coffee, and buffet lunch on Saturday). All details of the conference can be found by going to www.essex.ac.uk/lifts and clicking on Staging the East; or please contact Elizabeth Kuti on ejkuti@essex.ac.uk.

Robert Southey, Romantic Renaissances and Contexts, University of Nottingham, 14-16 April 2010

The biennial Robert Southey conference, co-hosted by the Midlands Romantic Seminar will take place at Keswick in the Lake District from 14-16 April 2010. Confirmed plenary speakers are: Professor Alan Vardy (Hunter College, CUNY), Dr Lynda Pratt (University of Nottingham), Dr Michael Gamer (University of Pennsylvania). Further details of the conference and a booking form can be found here.

Call for Papers: Romantic Walking: Representation and Experience

A one day interdisciplinary conference entitled 'Romantic Walking: Representation and Experience' is being sponsored by the Midlands Romantic Seminar, and will take place at the University of Warwick on 12th May 2010. Confirmed plenary speakers are: Professor Tim Fulford (Nottingham Trent University) and Dr Sally Bushell (Lancaster University). For details of the call for papers please click here.

'Romantic Afterlives': A Meeting of the Midlands Romantic Seminar, University of Leicester, 11th March

2-5pm, Thursday 11th March 2010 A Midlands Romantic Seminar at the School of English, University of Leicester

All are warmly invited to an afternoon of talks and discussion on the theme of 'Romantic Afterlives'. There will be three talks:
‘1816: a turning point in the history of literary biography’
Dr. Jane Darcy, King’s College, London
'Charles Lamb and the Deathliness of Empire'
Dr. David Higgins, University of Leeds
'Shelley Revitalised: Biography and the Reanimated Body'
Dr. Julian North, University of Leicester
All are welcome; entry is free. The meeting will be held in Room 1315, Victorian Studies Centre, Attenborough Tower, University of Leicester. Tea & coffee from 2pm; talks begin 2.30, followed by discussion. For more information contact Felicity James, fj21@le.ac.uk

Thank You to Ian Haywood and Susan Matthews for all their hard work in organising the ROMANTIC CIRCULATIONS conference. A report on the conference will follow in the BARS Bulletin and Review. Meanwhile, the website is still available fot members who want to look back at the programme. See http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/romanticcirculations/index.html

The 2011 conference will be at the University of Glasgow, and details including a call for papers will be posted as soon as they are available.

Important announcement about contact details:
Please could members note that the BARS Administrator, Louise Booth, has changed her email address to a dedicated BARS address. Emails to Louise should now be sent to romanticstudies@hotmail.com .

The address will shortly further be changed to admin@bars.ac.uk.

The Review of English Studies Essay Prize:

The deadline for submitting essays for this prize is 30th September. Click here for further details.

International arts events:



Philadelphia USA, at the National Constitution Centre until 7th September. Website: http://www.constitutioncenter.org/Napoleon/


Das Flammende Herz

The Staatsballet Berlin is performing a ballet created in honor of Percy Bysshe Shelley, called Das Flammende Herz, which is part of their repertoire. Some performances will continue in the fall. Website: http://www.lindenoper.de/spielplan/ballett.php?id_language=2

The Wordsworth Trust: current exhibitions


Edward Lear the Landscape Artist: tours of Ireland and the English Lakes 1835 and 1836

2 July - 4 October 2009. See Edward Lear the Landscape Artist - Dove Cottage, The Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery, Cumbria

Tennyson and Wordsworth: two great poems of 1850

16 May - 31 August 2009. See Tennyson and Wordsworth: two great poems of 1850 - Dove Cottage, The Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery, Cumbria

For general information on events and the Trust see http://www.wordsworth.org.uk/

Wordsworth Winter School 2010 and Preliminary notice of Summer Conference 2010

Details are now available for the Wordsworth Winter School, which takes place at Grasmere,  22-27 February 2007. A preliminary notice of next year's 40th Anniversary Summer Conference draws attention to the availablility of postgraduate and other bursaries. Click here for more information: Wordsworth Winter School and Summer Conference 2010

The Correspondence of Humphry Davy and his Circle

Call for documents

A team comprising Sharon Ruston, Frank James, Tim Fulford, Jan Golinski and David Knight is calling for documents that might contribute to their project to publich a scholarly edition of the Correspondence of Humphry Davy and his Circle.  If you know of anything that might help, please contact Sharon Ruston at s.ruston@salford.ac.uk. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated. A full version of this call is available using the following link: The Correspondence of Humphry Davy and his Circle

William Blake's 1809 Exhibition 

At Tate Britain, London (room 8) 20 April to 4 October .

And some additions to online Blake resources. . .

Notice from the Blake Archive:

"The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of electronic editions of  The Song of Los copies C and E, from the Morgan Library and Museum and the Huntington Library and Art Gallery respectively. They join copies A and D from the British Museum and copy B from the Library of Congress, giving the Archive five of the six extant copies of this illuminated book."

S. T. Coleridge - Faustus attribution

Members interested in developments over the scholarly attribution to S. T. Coleridge of a translation of Goethe's Faustus might like to follow the question and ongoing debate through a website, maintained by Paul Cheshire of the Friends of Coleridge. Paul is charting reviews and discussions that engage with the question of authorship in this matter.


Prints from the Curzon Collection: Images of Napoleon and British Fears of Invasion, 1789 - 1815

"The Curzon Project offers digital images of political cartoons from the period of the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. A selection of 1400 prints has been made, of both British and Continental European publications, focusing on changing representations of Napoleon and on British fears of invasion during the period 1793-1805. The digital images are linked to an online catalogue, searchable by artist, title, and subject"


Wales & West Romanticism Seminar - Romantic Counterculture - new call for papers.

“The life of adventurers, gamesters, gypsies, beggars, and robbers is not unpleasant.”
(Edmund Burke)

A one-day symposium to be held at Swansea University, Monday 14th December 2009, 11am-5pm.  Guest speakers: Professor Nick Groom (Exeter) and Professor Ian Haywood (Roehmapton). Full details are available on the Romanticism Seminars page (menu bar, left)

Stephen Copley Postgraduate Awards

The deadline for applications in the curent competition is [to be confirmed].  See the Postgraduate pages for details.

New resources (also listed on Resources page, "Researching Romanticism" menu):

Two new online resources are available from the University of Toronto.

The Jackson Bibliography of Romantic Poetry, by J.R. de J. Jackson is available at http://jacksonbibliography.library.utoronto.ca/raphy.library.utoronto
and Nineteenth-Century British Literary Annuals: An Online Exhibition of
Materials from the University of Toronto, by Lindsey Ecke is available at http://bookhistory.fis.utoronto.ca/annuals/index.html

The Maria Graham Website - A New Online Resource

A new online resource for scholars of travel writing, women's writing, and Romantic-era and Victorian literature is now available at: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/hum/centres/english/the_maria_graham_project.html

Although largely neglected today, Maria Graham (1785-1842) was one of the leading female travel writers of the early 19th century. In the 1810s and 1820s she published accounts of her travels to India, Italy, Chile, and Brazil, and was entrusted by the publisher John Murray with the editing of the published account of George Anson Byron’s voyage to the Sandwich Islands. Her literary and cultural accomplishments, however, were not limited to the sphere of travel writing. She wrote works of popular history and children’s literature; she made important contributions to contemporary scientific debate, notably in the fields of geology and botany; and she produced innovative works in the fields of art history and art theory. She was also a highly talented illustrator of her own work.

The website is one of the outcomes of the Maria Graham Project, undertaken by Dr Carl Thompson (Project Leader) and Dr Betty Hagglund (Research Fellow), under the auspices of the Centre for Travel Writing Studies at NTU. It aims to make a number of hard-to-find materials more easily available to the scholarly community, and also to gather in one place a range of Maria Graham-related resources. The version of the site currently accessible, it should be noted, is not yet complete; further materials will be added to the website in due course. If you have any queries relating to Graham, please feel free to contact either Carl Thompson (carl.thompson@ntu.ac.uk) or Betty Hagglund (betty.hagglund@ntu.ac.uk).

Robert Southey's Collected Letters online:

The editors would like to announce that the first volume of their online edition of Robert Southey's Collected Letters, covering the years 1791-97, is now searchable and readable at the Romantic Circles website: http://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/southey_letters/Part_One/index_part1.html Part One: 1791-1797 - The Collected Letters of Robert Southey

This full-annotated edition is the only scholarly Collected Edition of Southey's letters ever to appear. It will include over 7000 letters, dating from the early 1790s to the 1830s. Correspondents include Wordsworth, Walter Scott, John Murray, Charlotte Bronte; topics include the politics of the 1790s and the Napoleonic War, Romantic poetry, Reform, Spain and Portugal.
Lynda Pratt, Tim Fulford, Ian Packer, Carol Bolton; technical editor Laura Mandell; assistant editors Averill Buchanan, Sam Ward.

Transatlantic Resource - Common-Place

Members working in or teaching American and Transatlantic Romanticism might like to look at the current number of Common-Place, edited by Bryan Waterman, Joanna Brooks and Eric Slaute. Some of the essays were developed from the 2008 Chalres Brockden Brown Society conference in Dresden, whilst others cover a range of late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century topics.  Common-place is a journal sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society in association with the University of Oklahoma. Common-place has been added to our resources page and the website is at: http://common-place.org/

Other news and forthcoming events:

During the Opening Ceremony of the 35th International Byron Society Conference in Greece, September 6-13, 2009: on Sunday, September the 6th, The University of Athens, in the Great Hall, will award Professor Jerome McGann of the University of Virginia an Honorary Doctorate to recognize his long and distinguished scholarly career, particularly his contributions to Byron Studies.

The Members of the Greek Parliament have unanimously voted 19 April, the day of Lord Byron's death in 1824 at Messolonghi, the most glorious town of the Greek war of Independence, to be a national day for Greek Schools.

In "The Isles of Greece" Byron dreamt "that Greece might still be free" and in "The Curse of Minerva" he disapproved of Lord Elgin's removal of the Parthenon marbles. Now his life and works, and his inspiration by the noble cause of the Greek Independence will all be remembered and celebrated in schools throughout Greece with readings, dramatic productions, and visits to the places he had visited and was inspired.

Other Recent resources:

The Carlyle Letters online

Duke University Press has recently made availaible their online database of the letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle - see The Carlyle Letters Online

Wordsworth Trust

The Wordsworth Trust seeks to increase awareness of its study and library facilities for University Students. Groups of students and individuals are welcome.
Further details

The Byron Foundation Lectures Online Series

The Centre for the Study of Byron and Romanticism is pleased to announce the publication of the first two lectures in the Byron Foundation Lectures Online series - see Byron Foundation Lectures Online.


For Members

A list of AHRC awards for Romantic Studies projects is now available.

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