Five Questions: Pamela Clemit on The Letters of William Godwin

By Matthew Sangster

Pamela Clemit is Professor of English at Queen Mary University of London and a Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. She has published widely on the literature and culture of the Romantic period, particularly the politics, upheavals, fictions and fallouts of the 1790s. She has produced a series of major editions of novels, plays, life writing and other works by authors including Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Inchbald and – most prominently – William Godwin. Her most recent publications include an essay on Romantic-period letter writing as a social practice; a co-authored piece publishing some newly discovered letters by Charlotte Smith; and a co-authored study of Godwin’s citations. Her current research project, which we discuss below, is a pioneering six-volume edition of the Letters of William Godwin. The first two volumes were published by Oxford University Press in 2011 (1778-1797) and 2014 (1798-1805); work is well advanced on the next two volumes. She has a website and can also be found on Twitter: @Godwin_lives.

1. How did you first become interested in William Godwin?

It was my brother’s fault. He was writing an MA thesis on Balzac and the …read more


Wordsworth Conference Foundation Bursaries 2021

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Bursaries funded by the Wordsworth Conference Foundation have hitherto normally been intended to enable young scholars, principally at postgraduate and early post-doctoral level, to attend the annual Wordsworth Summer Conference and Wordsworth Winter School.

During the period in which live face-to-face events are not possible, the Trustees nonetheless wish to continue to advance the main aims of the Foundation by making available to young scholars who are working on the Wordsworth circle and/or Wordsworthian aspects of Romanticism a small fund which will either facilitate attendance at online conferences, pay for scholarly resources, or otherwise support their continuing research.

Applications are invited from full-time postgraduates, or from those who have completed a PhD within the last five years (i.e. January 2016-present), for up to 12 Bursaries of £250.

Please email a letter of application (clearly labelled BURSARY 2021) in the form of a Word attachment to giving your reasons for applying and explaining clearly how the bursary funds will be used. Please also arrange for an independently emailed supporting letter to be sent from your supervisor or academic referee verifying your status.

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CFP: Romantic Circles/K-SAA Anti-Racist Pedagogies Colloquium Fellowship

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Romantic Circles and the Keats-Shelley Association of America invite participants for a colloquium and working group designed to discuss and, in the end, produce a digital resource of anti-racist teaching and learning resources. RC Pedagogies and K-SAA see the work of discovering, gathering, developing, and elaborating anti-racist pedagogies as essential to our work as scholars and teachers, not to mention to the viability and relevance of the Romantic period more generally. Since systemic racism has long affected not only what texts are considered canonical, but also how, where, and to whom Romantic-era materials are taught, we hope to provide support for scholars in expanding access to Romantic-era pedagogy, including resources for teaching in underserved communities and carceral facilities. We believe such an undertaking must be a collaborative, sustained, and rigorous research project to include bibliographies of available material, articles discussing best classroom practices, contextual materials, and syllabi, compiled into a readily usable/accessible set of pages to be maintained over time.

A joint team of K-SAA and RC scholars seek to appoint a team of 4-6 Pedagogies Fellows tasked with creating this permanent yet expanding set of anti-racist pedagogy web links and resources through the work of a colloquium to be held …read more


BARS Digital Events: Geo & Eco Criticism – Returning to Romantic Italy

By Anna Mercer

In collaboration with CISR (Inter-University Centre for the Study of Romanticism)


Gioia Angeletti (Chair)

Serena Baiesi; Paolo Bugliani; Lilla Maria Crisafulli; Diego Saglia; Elena Spandri.

Geo & Eco-Criticism: Returning to Romantic Italy

15 April 2021

Book your free ticket here.

Our roundtable aims to open up a discussion about the benefits to be derived, in Romantic studies, from an intersection of the methods and approaches of geo-criticism and eco-criticism. On the one hand, we take our bearings from positions, such as Kate Rigby’s, that focus on the natural world as a dynamic, active dimension enabling all cultural production, which in turn bears traces of its more-than-human genesis. On the other, we intend to suggest that geo-criticism, as developed by Bertrand Westphal and others, stresses the crucial importance of considering the geographical specificities of Romantic-era engagements with ecosystems, and more particularly how such engagements are inextricably bound up with notions of geo-politics and geo-culture (the nation, borders and boundaries, economic geographies, north vs south, the national character). Indeed, geo-criticism opens us specific insights into how literature can translate the experience of places into a critique of predominant modes of construction of reality.

Since the notions of space and place are constantly shifting (the former encompassing conceptual …read more


BARS Digital Events: ‘Romantic Forms’ Recording Now Online

By Anna Mercer

This roundtable explores the myriad forms in which Romantic writers wrote, connecting these to the topics and arguments found within texts. It looks at how form impacted on and was knowingly used to express ideologies and politics in texts by Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Inchbald, Frances Burney, and S.T. Coleridge. Our speakers were Amanda Auerbach (Catholic University), Anne-Claire Michoux (University of Zurich), Jack Rooney (Ohio State University), Shellie Audsley (University of Hong Kong), and Rebecca Musk (Lancaster University). The chair was Ian Haywood (University of Roehampton).

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London-Paris Romanticism Seminar: Jane Stabler, Online Seminar, Friday 16 April 2021


The next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will take place via Zoom on Friday 16 April 2021 at 17.30-19.30 London time (GMT+1). As our distinguished guest speaker, we are delighted to welcome Professor Jane Stabler of the University of St Andrews, who will present a paper entitled Down and Our in Paris and London: The Unseen, the Unsaid, and the Unsayable in Byron’s Manuscripts. This will be followed by a discussion in which questions from the audience are invited. The seminar will be chaired by David Duff (Queen Mary, University of London).

The seminar is free and open to everyone. Prior registration is necessary. To book a place via the Institute of English Studies website, click here and scroll down to the relevant seminar. When you register, you will be sent a confirmation email containing a Zoom link and details of how to join the online forum. If you do not immediately receive this confirmation email, please check your Junk folder; if you have still not received it, contact Whether you wish to contribute or simply to listen in, we invite you to join us for this exciting seminar.

Jane Stabler is Professor of …read more


CFP: Special Issue of EJES (2023) on Interstitial Spaces

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Guest editors: Frederik Van Dam (Radboud University), Joanna Hofer-Robinson (University College Cork), Chris Louttit (Radboud University)

In the course of the past two decades, the field of English Studies has witnessed a return to a focus on space, both as a critical methodology and as a subject worthy of renewed attention. On the one hand, scholars draw inspiration from adjacent fields such as cultural geography and media archaeology to examine the circulation of literature and the arts in local and global contexts. Opportunities offered by digital tools play an important role in such endeavours. On the other hand, scholars rely on the foundational work of Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, and Gaston Bachelard to find new ways of mapping out the representation of space and place in English literature. In this regard, the critical gaze has honed in on overlaps, intersections, and contact zones.

The present issue aims to push established scholarship on the ‘spatial turn’ in new directions through an examination of interstitial spaces, that is, the corridors, roads, and routes that exist in between and connect different spaces. While contributions on literary and cultural texts from any historical period are encouraged, the editors will particularly welcome proposals that deal with …read more


The Shelley Conference: #Shelley200 Launch

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By Anna Mercer

And we will talk, until thought’s melody
Become too sweet for utterance, and it die
In words, to live again in looks, which dart
With thrilling tone into the voiceless heart,
Harmonizing silence without a sound.

– Percy Bysshe Shelley, Epipsychidion (1821)

The Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned at sea aged just 29 on the 8th July 1822. The Shelley Conference will mark his bicentenary, celebrating the poet’s life, works, and afterlives on 8-9th July 2022.

In the build-up to the conference, the organisers (Bysshe Inigo Coffey, Amanda Blake Davis, Anna Mercer, and Paul Stephens) are excited to welcome opportunities for scholars and admirers of Shelley and his circle to join public conversations on Shelley’s final years.

In the first of a series of pre-conference events, we are delighted to announce a digital celebration marking the bicentenary of the publication of Epipsychidion in 1821.

This free roundtable event, to be held on Zoom on 20th May 2021, will invite Shelley scholars to discuss the poem and its critical legacy. The speakers will include Will Bowers, Stuart Curran, Michael Rossington, and Valentina Varinelli. The audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A session, and the event will also be recorded and shared online, …read more


BARS Digital Event: ‘Romantic Forms’

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By Anna Mercer

This roundtable explores the myriad forms in which Romantic writers wrote, connecting these to the topics and arguments found within texts. It looks at how form impacted on and was knowingly used to express ideologies and politics in texts by Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Inchbald, Frances Burney, and S.T. Coleridge.

Our speakers will include Amanda Auerbach (Catholic University), Anne-Claire Michoux (University of Zurich), Jack Rooney (Ohio State University), Shellie Audsley (University of Hong Kong), and Rebecca Musk (Lancaster University).

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2021 Keats-Shelley Prize

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Our inspiration is John Keats’ epitaph which reads: ‘Here lies one whose name was writ in water.’ This year’s Keats-Shelley Prizes are part of our wider KS200 programme, commemorating the deaths of John Keats on 23rd February 1821 and of PB Shelley on 8th July 1822.

As in previous years, the prize is divided into two competitions.

A Poetry Prize – open to all – on the theme of ‘Writ in Water’.

An Essay Prize – which we hope will be of particular interest to undergraduates and postgraduates with research interests in Romanticism.

Essays may be on any aspect of the works or lives of the Romantics and their circles. They should be no more than 3,000 words including quotations. All sources must be acknowledged.

Total Prize money £5000.

Deadline: 12th April 2021.
Our Prize Judge is the award-winning sports journalist and nature writer, Simon Barnes

Further information is available here.


You can find podcasts, articles, and playlists inspired by ‘Writ in Water’ here.

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