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Aggregated blogs on Romantic Studies – please click through to read full posts.

London-Paris Romanticism Seminar: Ian Duncan, Friday 18 January 2019, Senate House, London


duncan advert

The next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will be held on Friday 18 January in the Bloomsbury Room (G35) at Senate House, University of London, starting at 5.30. Our distinguished guest speaker is Ian Duncan, Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, who will present a paper entitled The Romantic Novel and the Natural History of Man: Goethe, Staël, Scott. This will be followed by a discussion and a wine reception. The event is free and open to everyone, including postgraduates and members of the public. No booking is required.

Ian Duncan studied at King’s College, Cambridge and Yale University and taught for several years in the Yale English department before being appointed Barbara and Carlisle Moore Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Oregon in 1995. He moved to Berkeley in 2001 and was appointed to the Florence Green Bixby Chair in English in 2011. He is the author of Modern Romance and Transformations of the Novel (1992), Scott’s Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh (2007), and a new book, Human Forms: The Novel in the Age of Evolution, forthcoming from Princeton University Press in 2019. He …read more


Sensation and Immortality

By The Keats Letters Project Editor’s Note: Today’s post is a joint one by Kathleen Béres Rogers and Brittany Pladek, who collaborated on their responses to, via Keats’s 16 Dec 1818–4 Jan 1819 letter, related issues around illness, death, and dying. We indicate below the authorship of each section. Kathleen Béres RogersCollege of Charleston Memories. Sensations. We think of pictures… Sensation and Immortality …read more


Call for Essays: The Art and Science of Collecting in Eighteenth-Century Europe

By Anna Mercer

The Art and Science of Collecting in Eighteenth-Century Europe
Edited by Dr. Arlene Leis and Dr. Kacie Wills

Sarah Stone, Perspective Interior View of Sir Ashton Lever’s Museum in Leicester’s Square, watercolor, London, March 30, 1785.

We are inviting chapter abstracts for a collection of essays designed for academics, specialists and enthusiasts interested in the interrelations between art, science and collecting in Europe during the long 18th century. Our volume will discuss the topic of art, science and collecting in its broadest sense and in diverse theoretical contexts, such as art historical, feminist, social, gendered, colonial, archival, literary and cultural ones. To accompany our existing contributions, we welcome essays that take a global and material approach, and are particularly keen on research that makes use of new archival resources. We encourage interdisciplinary perspectives and are especially interested in essays that reveal the way in which women participated in art, science, and collecting in some capacity. The compendium will consist of around 15 essays, 6000 words each (including footnotes), with up to four illustrations. In addition to these more traditional essays, we are looking for shorter (circa 1,000 words) case studies on material objects pertaining to collections/collectors from that period. The subject of …read more


Report from ‘Romantic Novels 1818’ – Charles Maturin’s Women

By Anna Mercer

A final 2018 report from the ‘Romantic Novels 1818′ seminar. This series is sponsored by BARS and seminars are held at the University of Greenwich.

Charles Robert Maturin, Women; or, Pour et Contre (1818), as discussed by Christina Morin (University of Limerick)

Blog post report by Victoria Ravenwood (Canterbury Christ Church University)

The highly-anticipated final seminar in the ‘Romantic Novels 1818′ series was delivered by Christina Morin, of the University of Limerick, on Charles Robert Maturin’s Women; or, Pour et Contre. Interestingly, Morin opened the discussion with talk of another notable 1818 novel – namely, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein– and the Frankenreads project directed by Neil Fraistat to mark its 200-year anniversary. With this in mind, she presented the question: Why are we celebrating Frankensteinalone, and not any of the other great works published in that same year? Morin offered Maturin’s Womenas an equally fascinating alternative to Shelley’s seminal Gothic work.

Women; or, Pour et Contrewas Maturin’s fourth novel, and centres around the lives of two women – Eva, a deeply religious but naïve young girl; and Zaira, a beautiful, talented and successful actress – and their romantic involvements with the same man, the charming De Courcy. The …read more


BARS 2019 Open Call Sessions

By Matthew Sangster

The accepted open call sessions for BARS’ 2019 International Conference, themed around Romantic Facts and Fantasies, have now been published on the main conference page on the University of Nottingham website. Details can be accessed using the links below; abstracts should be sent to the named organiser for consideration.

The deadline for submitting proposals for these sessions is 28th January 2019. The deadline for the submission of panels and individual papers is 17th December 2018.

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By annamercer90

Hello! It’s been a while. I’ve been very busy, but today I thought I’d take the time to update my blog with what I’ve been doing, and shared an edited version of a talk I gave at Cardiff University in October.

I now work at Cardiff University, delivering lectures and seminars (this term on women writers of the late eighteenth century) to third year undergraduates. I love it and it’s such a friendly, welcoming department.

I still also work at Keats House, where I am assisting in the production and execution of their exciting ‘Keats200′ programme which launches tomorrow. Do come along! A day full of free events awaits (including a talk by me).

But in this post I want to share another talk I did during ‘Frankenweek’ – the week when the international project that is ‘Frankenreads’ took place around the world. Celebrating 200 years of Mary Shelley’s novel around Halloween, hundreds of institutions hosted readings of the novel, and then talks, quizzes, workshops, celebrations, and many other events to mark the occasion.

I was lucky enough to take part in two events. On 31 October itself I was hosting a workshop at Keats House, similar to …read more