In October 1820 the trial of Queen Caroline drew towards a close and the political tensions of the nation reached a fever pitch. For over two months, normal parliamentary business had been paralysed by the daily spectacle of Caroline’s procession to the House of Lords. As George IV and Prime Minister Lord Liverpool became increasingly nervous about the verdict, Caroline’s supporters grew ever more vocal. They massed in huge numbers outside parliament and made weekly journeys on foot to Caroline’s residence in west London where they would present Addresses from all corners of the kingdom (Figure 2). The ritualistic recitation of the Addresses and Caroline’s replies were acts of political theatre with roots in popular carnival, revolutionary fêtes, and the mass platform. This was the vox populi at its most resonant and effectual: it was a literal utterance which used high-minded constitutional discourse to demand social and political justice, and it was a sublime spectacle of deafening volume and collective force. The sheer din of …read more
Romantic Textualities are pleased to publish a special issue on The Minerva Press and the Literary Marketplace, guest edited by Elizabeth Neiman and Christina Morin, after an extended hiatus of some three years.
Excerpt from the editorial:
Romantic Textualities has enjoyed a long, fruitful association with research into William Lane’s Minerva Press, whose heyday spanned the 1780s to the 1820s. any of the journal’s early issues shared bibliographical research that emerged from collaborative projects between Cardiff and Paderborn Universities. These partnerships resulted in the publication of two bibliographies (The English Novel, 1770–1829  and 1830–1836 ) and a database (British Fiction, 1800–1829 ). As the most prolifiic publisher of fiction during the Romantic period, Minerva figured substantially in our research, demonstrating that the early history of the novel was very much the history of the Lane’s press. Our bibliographic updates were supplemented in Romantic Textualities by standalone essays and reports on the Minerva Press, but such items tended to be occasional pieces. So, it is with much satisfaction that we now present readers with an entire issue dedicated to Minerva and its contribution to the Romantic literary marketplace.
For more details of the issue and to read this …read more
This prize is inaugurated in 2020 by the Jane Austen Society to promote scholarship on Jane Austen among postgraduate and early career researchers at universities in the United Kingdom. It is supported by donations to the Society’s Jane Austen 250 Fund.
The prize is designed to promote scholarship on Jane Austen by Graduate and Early Career Researchers in any discipline at universities across the United Kingdom.
First prize is £200, and also includes publication of the winning essay, and one year’s free membership to the Jane Austen Society.
Professor Joe Bray, University of Sheffield
Professor Emma Cleary, Uppsala University
David Richardson, Trustee of the Jane Austen Society
Deadline for submissions 31 December 2020.
Please circulate the poster and share the link with post-graduates and ELCs currently working on Jane Austen. Full details and guidelines on the Jane Austen Society UK website here.
The British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) would like to formally launch its BARS Digital Events 2020/21 series. We envisage the BARS Digital Events Series to be broad-ranging and we hope it will reflect the interests of our members. The series draws upon the collaborative spirit of the Romantics, fostering a convivial atmosphere through discussions of literature, history and culture. Through scholarly roundtables and Q&A sessions, the series will review what Romanticism means, recent developments in the field, and consider how it is still relevant today. The discussions will not just celebrate Romantic writing but will invite participants to turn a critical eye on established historical narratives and the study of our period in general.
To launch our series, we have planned three roundtables entitled ‘Perspectives on the Field’, ‘Digital Editions’, and ‘Teaching Romanticism’. Following these, we are gladly opening up the call for contributions.
The Digital Events committee invites proposals from scholars of the Romantic period to present an individual paper or a curated roundtable session as part of this BARS Digital Events Series. These proposals will be to feature in the 2021 series. We envisage the first 2021 session to be in late January or early February. From then …read more
The British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) is delighted to announce the first session of our new Digital Events programme. Please join us on Thursday 5 November at 5pm GMT on Zoom for a roundtable discussion between Professor James Chandler, Professor Ian Duncan, Dr Katie Garner, Professor Essaka Joshua, and Professor Fiona Stafford on the topic of ‘Romantic Studies in 2020: Perspectives on the Field’, chaired by BARS Vice President Dr Gillian Dow. During this 80-minute session, our guests will present perspectives on their current research and teaching before discussing the challenges faced by scholars and students of Romanticism in 2020, after which the audience will be invited to take part in a moderated Q&A session.
You must register to attend this session. Please register on Eventbrite, here.
About our Guests:
Professor James Chandler is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, General Editor of Cambridge University Press’s Studies in Romanticism series, and the author of several publications on Romantic literature and politics, including England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism (1998) and An Archaeology of Sympathy (2013).
Professor Ian Duncan is the Florence Green Bixby Chair in English at …read more
The Institute of English Studies at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, is looking to hire a full-time assistant / doctoral student for a four-year teaching and research position, with the possibility of a fifth year. The candidate will be expected to teach between two and four hours a semester, and write a dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Patrick Vincent.
Candidates should have completed an MA degree in English or Comparative Literature, or be near completion. They should have an excellent track record in literary studies and a demonstrated ability to write in English. They should also be highly organized, able to work independently, and passionate about literature.
We especially encourage candidates with a demonstrated research interest in one of the following, or similar areas: the long Romantic period; Wordsworth; Byron; Romantic women writers; 19th century American literature (especially Thoreau and the Transcendentalists); travel literature; cultural exchanges between Great Britain, Europe and America; cultural history of the Alps; literature and political theory; literature and environment; 20th century American poetry.
Half of our assistants’ workload is dedicated to the research and writing of a doctoral thesis. They are required to teach one or two sections of our first-year “Literature and Writing Workshop” per semester …read more
Romantic Circles Reviews and Receptions is delighted to announce the publication of reviews of no fewer than ten new books – on Romanticism and psychoanalysis, Napoleonic Italy, Irish, Welsh, and English Romanticism, the gothic, and much more besides – along with a roundtable on Romantic scholarship and teaching, Covid-19, and uprising with Carmen Faye Mathes (University of Regina), Rebecca Schneider (University of Colorado Boulder), and Anna Shajirat (Quincy University), hosted by RC R&R editors Alex Gatten (University of Connecticut) and Lenora Hansen (New York University).
Please click here for all of this excellent material.
And should you wish to have your book reviewed in RC R&R, to review a book, or to propose ideas for other kinds of content, then email Ross Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the first instance.
Sponsored by the Mount Holyoke English Department & the Critical Social Thought Program June 24-25, 2021
Hortense Spillers suggests that a new “grammar” for thinking and instigating Black liberation from white history is necessary. With this conference we offer a platform, one virtual but intimate, for people interested in seeking what new grammars we in the eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and present centuries need to learn from Black Studies in our period-bound disciplines. Our hope for the conference is that it will address the white power structures that support anti-blackness in the larger world and in the field of Romanticism. Romanticism entails a history of promised but failed revolutions, a history that terrorizes as much as it transforms. While the field has long been shaped by histories and discourses of whiteness and patriarchy, this conference avows and solicits new and ongoing scholarship on race, anti-slavery, abolition, and indigeneity.
In that regard, we hope the conference also continues the conversations about the future, if there is one, of Romanticism. We hope to press forward with conversations about Romanticism and anti-racist studies in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries already underway, to work collaboratively to find new grammars and narratives, and to press mutually on the theoretical foundations of …read more