Book announcement: Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Oxford University Press have just published The Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy, ed. Tim Fulford and Sharon Ruston with the assistance of Andrew Lacey. Eleven years in the making, this is the first scholarly edition of the correspondence of a man many Romanticists know as the friend of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey and Scott. He was regarded as the greatest chemist ever, having used the Voltaic pile to decompound substances and reveal new elements—including potassium, sodium, chlorine and iodine—demonstrating the forces that hold matter together to be electrochemical. He experimented with ntirous oxide, designed a mine safety lamp, and became the most charismatic lecturer of the era. He knew Godwin, Byron, De Stael, Opie, Caroline Herschel and Mary Somerville. His protege was Michael Faraday. He wrote a lot of poetry—mostly landscape verse influenced by his intimate knowledge of Wordsworth’s, Southey’s and Coleridge’s poems (he had helped edit the second edition of Lyrical Ballads and Thalaba the Destroyer).

All these facets of a Romantic who was widely seen as the embodiment of genius are reflected in the edition, which comprises four volumes including an introduction, comprehensive annotations, biographies of salient people, and …read more


Online North-West Long Nineteenth-Century Seminar

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

We are pleased to invite members to the first online meeting of the North-West Long Nineteenth-Century Research Seminar. The seminar will be hosted via Zoom on the afternoon of Wednesday 15 July 2020 at 2pm GMT. If you are interested in attending please contact the seminar organisers, Emma Liggins ( and Sonja Lawrenson (, to request meeting details. Further details are also available via our Facebook group – All are very welcome!

Seminar Schedule:

2.00 – 2.35 Dr Heather Zuber (City University of New York): “Mapping Economic Mobility through Work in the Fictions of Daniel Defoe and Maria Edgeworth.”
2.35 – 3.10 Nicole Dittmer (Manchester Metropolitan University): ‘A Wolf in Wife’s Clothing: Wildness and the Reclamation of Self in the Wolf Stories of Frederick Marryat and George MacDonald’
3.10 – 3.20 Break
3.20 – 4.00 Dr Clare Clarke, (Trinity College, University of Dublin): “‘A Shrine of Pilgrimage’: Dark Tourism in late-Victorian crime writing, newspapers, and Ripper reportage.”

The organisers would like to thank BARS for its continued support of the research seminar.

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CFP Romantic Reputations Symposium

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Friday 16th April, 2021

University of Nottingham, University Park Campus

The Romantic Reputations symposium team are excited to announce our free one-day interdisciplinary event at the University of Nottingham.

The Romantic movement continued (and continues) to resonate across time and laid the foundations for the modern world. We invite papers which speak to the theme of ‘Romantic Reputations’, interpreted however you choose. If your research discusses subjects such as science and innovation, the individual and society, and the environment and nature, contemporary discussions of these issues owes much to Romanticism. We also welcome papers responding to the theme of ‘Reputation’.

Themes which papers could address include (but are not limited to):
• The impact of issues which were prominent in the Romantic movement (science, society etc.)
• Themes of reputation in literature/art (e.g. characters’ moral reputations)
• Celebrity from the Romantic period onward
• ‘Forgotten’ figures (e.g. writers, artists, public figures)
• Adaptations and afterlives of Romantic culture
• Contemporary or historical reception of Romantic culture
• Public and/or scholarly perception of Romantic texts/arts, then and now
• Conceptions of the canon
As this is a PGR-run event, we would like to particularly encourage PGR/ECR researchers to submit abstracts. We would love to hear about the research you would like to share (including …read more


On This Day in 1820: Keats publishes Lamia in his last volume

By Anna Mercer

Today on the BARS Blog we present a post on John Keats and his poem Lamia by Mariam Wassif. The ‘On This Day’ Series celebrates the 200th anniversary of literary and historical events of the Romantic period. Want to contribute a future post? Get in touch.

On This Day in 1820: Keats publishes Lamia in his last volume

by Dr. Mariam Wassif

J. W. Waterhouse, Lamia (1905)

This week marks 200 years since the publication of John Keats’s enigmatic narrative poem Lamia. While there is much uncertainty about the exact date, Lamia was published around 1 July 1820, possibly at the end of June.[i] It was the longest work in his last lifetime volume entitled Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and Other Poems, including the odes of 1819. Despite its pride of place in the title and volume, Lamia remains one of the lesser known of Keats’s works except for the famous lines that accuse science of “unweav[ing] the rainbow” (II.237). The bicentenary offers an occasion to revisit this poem: written at the apex of Keats’s creativity and fixation with Fanny Brawne in the summer of 1819, but published as his productivity and health declined in …read more


Job Vacancy at Edge Hill University: Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural Heritage

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Full details:

We are delighted to be able to advertise for a Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural Heritage to cover funding success and collaborate on building on and developing relationships with cultural heritage organisations for teaching and research. The successful candidate will be expected to cover a period survey module on Romanticism, ideally an optional module on Jane Austen, as well as a range of other modules as discussed in the job description. This is an exciting opportunity to work with our nineteenth-century studies research group, EHU Nineteen, to support and be supported in developing new projects.

About You

With a relevant higher degree and experience of degree-level teaching, you will demonstrate relevant subject knowledge in Children’s Literature, Romanticism, Literary History and Critical Theory.

Excellent communication skills, time and workload management skills and a strong commitment to the welfare and success of students will be key to your success in this stimulating multi-disciplinary department.

About the Role

English Literature at Edge Hill is a small team with particular expertise in literature in the long nineteenth century. You will provide expert teaching in a variety of modes, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, and online interaction, and facilitate student work in a range of different …read more


CFP: Distance 2020, 3-14 August

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Deadline: 5pm BST 29 June

The University of York’s Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies and the University of Melbourne’s Enlightenment Romanticism Contemporary Culture Research Unit invites PhD and MA students to join their first ever virtual postgraduate conference on ‘Distance’ from 3-14 August 2020

The long eighteenth century saw the experience of cultural distance through overseas exploration, empire, travel and trade. The diverse interactions led to comparisons with other states, subjects, languages and traditions. In 2020, physical and social distance has once again become a defining feature of our society, and this virtual conference invites all to consider how our current situations can bring a new appreciation for how distance was integral in the communities and cultures of eighteenth-century society.

To accommodate the new physical restrictions in our own academic landscape, the conference will be held virtually. It will operate on a combined platform:

Postgraduate presenters will be advised and supported in pre-recording presentations. These will be uploaded onto a dedicated google site for conference delegates.

Keynote speeches and other conference activities will take place on Zoom at scheduled times during the conference period. These will run at time’s that enable international participation, and will be recorded.

We welcome abstracts for either traditional papers of 20 …read more


PhD studentship (2020-24)

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Bringing the Bard Back Home? The English Translation of Foreign Shakespeare Criticism in the Long 19th Century

Department of Literary Studies, KU Leuven.

Deadline for applications: 15 July 2020.

You will join KU Leuven’s English Literature Research Group, part of the Literary Studies Department, a vibrant, multilingual, and international community of scholars with a strong tradition of research in comparative literature and translation studies. The department provides many opportunities for collaborative work and for developing a broad range of professional skills. KU Leuven is the oldest university in the Low Countries. It features among the world’s top 100 universities in most rankings, with high scores for Arts and Humanities research. It is located in a historic town in the heart of Belgium, 20 minutes from Brussels, and within easy reach of Paris, London, Amsterdam and Cologne.


We offer a fully-funded PhD position for research on English translations of German Shakespeare criticism in the long nineteenth century.
Unlike translations of Shakespeare’s texts, translations of Shakespeare criticism have attracted no scholarly attention. Shakespeare critics in different countries often used to read each other in the original, but their writings also reached wider foreign audiences through translations. By analysing English translations of French and German writings on …read more


Conference Report – BARS PGR and ECR Conference 2020: Romantic Futurities (12-13 June)

By Anna Mercer

A report by Alastair Dawson and Vinita Singh

View the conference website here

Each new year and theme makes every BARS postgraduate and early-career researcher conference a unique academic experience, and this tradition continued into 2020. Of course, this year, thanks to worldwide lockdowns and bans on large group gatherings, this conference was unique in more ways than one. A herculean effort by organisers (Colette Davies, Amanda Davies, and Paul Stephens) and 37 accepted speakers managed to move mountains (or, in this case, papers) onto an online platform. With such a plethora of academic delights to choose from, some 200 delegates took part in the conference across the weekend, with just shy of a hundred in most of the live workshops and keynote sessions. Indeed, freed from the physical and geographical constraints of a typical conference venue (although delegates are still hoping to make it to Keats House, Hampstead in future), scholars from right across the globe were able to come together in the cloud, and many of us left the conference with minds abuzz with the possibilities of future digital elements in academic conferencing.

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Black Lives Matter: A Statement from the BARS President and Executive, June 2020

By Anna Mercer

The British Association for Romantic Studies condemns in the strongest terms the systemic and persistent destruction of Black lives. The deplorable and distressing murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor are the latest in a long line of brutal injustices that stretch back through centuries of inequality and discrimination in the United States. It is with dismay that we see that, in 2020, so much work remains to be done. 

This crisis of racism is not confined to the US alone: in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world, intolerance and discrimination have been on the rise. The deaths of Sean Rigg, Mark Duggan, Kingsley Burrell and Sheku Bayoh point starkly to the toxic and structural imbalances in law enforcement and the justice system within the UK. The rise in weaponized anti-immigrant rhetoric, populist ethnonationalism, Islamophobia and national scandals like Windrush demonstrate that racism is a global pandemic. Contrary to initial suggestions that the COVID-19 crisis was the ‘great leveller’, emerging data indicates that people from BAME backgrounds are significantly more likely to die from the virus than white people. Yet, people of colour disproportionately make up our health and care sectors, putting their lives at …read more