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Romantic Europe: The Virtual Exhibition

By Anna Mercer

A message from Alice Rhodes, BARS European Engagement Fellow (University of York)

Dear all,

Hopefully you’re staying safe and well in these challenging times.

As many of us move our teaching and research online, we’d like to draw your attention to Romantic Europe: The Virtual Exhibition (RÊVE) as a digital resource to use both with your undergraduate and graduate students and in your own research.

From inkstands, books, and travelling cases to trees, clouds, and volcanos, RÊVE brings together iconic objects of Romanticism from across Europe alongside original commentary and cutting-edge research from academics and heritage professionals around the world.

We’re now releasing new exhibits every Friday and you can follow us on Twitter (@euromanticism) for updates on our latest posts. We’d also love to hear how you’re making use of the exhibition in online teaching, whether it’s to explore the materiality and geography of Romanticism, as a research tool, a model for writing or research tasks, a creative prompt, a way of thinking about collections, curation and the way that objects speak to one another, or something else entirely.

Last but not least, we’re delighted to announce the release of the first in our series of bi-weekly collections. The …read more


BARS First Book Prize 2019: Judges’ Report

By Matthew Sangster

Thanks to everyone who submitted their first books to the 2017-2019 round. In total, the judging panel received 29 titles from which we created a short list of 8. In terms of gender breakdown, 14 of the nominated books were by men and 15 by women. Of the final 8, 3 books were by men and 5 by women with 3 published by Cambridge University Press, 2 by Oxford University Press, 1 by University of Virginia Press, 1 by Bucknell University Press and 1 by Palgrave. Shortlisted authors were based in the UK, the US and Australia. It was a real privilege to read across our dynamic field and encounter so much excellent work. Warm congratulations to all authors of first books, especially to the winners and runners up!

Claire Connolly (University College Cork; Chair), Daniel Cook (University of Dundee), Jane Moore (Cardiff University) and Mark Sandy (University of Durham).


Thomas H. Ford, Wordsworth
and the Poetics of Air
(Cambridge UP)

We are familiar with atmosphere as a figure that names the air that surrounds us: as historical situation, emotional environs or prevailing psychological climate. These metaphorical meanings draw on early modern discoveries in the natural sciences and began to circulate more generally …read more


Romanticism: online resources list

By Anna Mercer

Following our recent call to share online resources, we’re delighted to say we’ve had a great response to this so far.

This list is not complete yet, as we are working through the messages received and adding to the list as time goes on. You can therefore still send us further resources to add to the list:

Please do let us know if we have missed anything!


Open University Openlearn
Free resources on Romanticism. An OpenLearn search by writer’s name (e.g. Byron, Shelley, De Quincey, Wordsworth, Hoffmann, Austen etc) will return plenty of hits. Search also by module code: specifically A207, AA316. Resources include images, audio, video, animations, BBC programmes and teaching materials including seminar-style and independent activities, all geared to undergraduate level.

Romantic Textualities
An online resource on ‘Teaching Romanticism’, in which contributors consider the ways in which we lecture on and discuss individual authors, whether during author-specific modules or broader period surveys.

NeuRoN: Digital Resources for Researching British Romanticism
Part of ‘Romanticism on the Net’. NeuRoN functions as a new nerve center for digital research on British Romanticism, offering a stable, extensive, and up-to-date catalog of web-based resources in the field. NeuRoN lists, describes, and links to online …read more


Call to share online resources

By Anna Mercer

We hope all friends of BARS are keeping well in these challenging times. BARS Communications is seeking to develop our online community and conversations during this difficult, isolating period. Do you have any recommendations for online resources, related to teaching/research in Romanticism, that you think could be useful for members and followers of BARS? If so, please send ideas for bulletins to: and we will circulate a collated list via email and on social media.

You can join the BARS community on Twitter @BARS_Official and Facebook by searching for ‘British Association for Romantic Studies’.

– Anna Mercer (Communications Officer)

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Jane Austen: Myth, Reality and Global Celebrity – Free, Online, Course

By Anna Mercer

A message below from Gillian Dow, Vice-President of BARS.

Dear Colleagues,

The free, online, course Jane Austen: Myth, Reality and Global Celebrity – designed by me and colleagues at the University of Southampton – first ran via FutureLearn in early 2018, and started its 6th run yesterday, 16th March 2020. I draw it to your attention now, because I am aware that many of our community are moving to online teaching and learning in the light of COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions, and that you may be looking for online resources for your students. Do encourage them to sign up – there are learning activities focusing on Austen and her novels, but also sections that present extracts from Mary Wollstonecraft and Hannah More on female education, early biographies and translations of Austen, as well as material on adaptation and more. There are learning activities that use a variety of online resources, and many videos filmed at both Chawton House and the Jane Austen House museum and beyond.

I’ve been thinking about Humberstall in Rudyard Kipling’s “The Janeites” – “There’s no one to touch Jane when you’re in a tight place”. Although we do our best to complicate ideas of the cosy, domestic ‘Jane’ …read more


Mary Wollstonecraft and Dissent: A Celebration

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Friday 24 April to Saturday 25 April, Newington Green Meeting House, London N16 9PR

Programme and
registration here: Concessions for
students and benefit recipients.

Following the success of the Celebration to mark the 260th anniversary of the
birth of the great feminist thinker Mary Wollstonecraft in April 2019, join us
for a second Celebration in April 2020, exploring the origins of her
revolutionary ideas and their continuing relevance.

We will also be celebrating the re-opening of the Newington Green Meeting
House, the oldest Non-Conformist place of worship in London. Following
extensive renovation sponsored by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, this
beautiful historic building will relaunch as an accessible heritage space
dedicated to the legacy of the Dissenters at the birthplace of feminism. Mary
Wollstonecraft established a school for girls at Newington Green in 1784, and
gained inspiration and support from activists and intellectuals settled in the
neighbourhood, including such Dissenting luminaries as Richard Price and Anna
Letitia Barbauld.

Talks and roundtable discussions will explore dissent, both in relation to the
community of religious Dissenters in Wollstonecraft’s time and as a key aspect
of feminism and progressive politics today.

There will be a new plaque in honour of Mary Wollstonecraft, the first Annual
General Meeting of …read more


Special Open Access Issue of ‘L’analisi linguistica e letteraria’ on the Shelleys in Milan

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

We are delighted to announce the online publication of a special issue of the international peer-reviewed journal L’analisi linguistica e letteraria entitled ‘The Shelleys in Milan, 1818-2018′.

Each article investigates a different aspect of the Shelleys’ Milanese experience, from their first impressions of the Italian states to the influence of this period on their artistic development. Taken as a whole, the articles in this issue demonstrate that the Shelleys’ reading, the places they visited, the encounters they made, and the cultural atmosphere they experienced in and around Milan in early 1818 left an indelible mark on their later works.

Find articles by Francesco Rognoni| Marco Canani and Valentina Varinelli | Kelvin Everest | Will Bowers | Carla Pomarè | Marco Canani | Alberto Bentoglio | Anna Anselmo | Antonella Braida | Lilla Maria Crisafulli |Michael Rossington

You can follow this link to read and download the articles for free: No registration is required.

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Romantic Circles: new Pedagogies Commons volume on Teaching Global Romanticism

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

New at RC Pedagogies Commons: Teaching Global Romanticism, edited by Wendy C. Nielsen.

The essays and syllabi in this volume present varied approaches to teaching Romanticism in a global context. This volume includes essay by Eric Gidal, Wendy C. Nielsen, Marques Redd, Zak Sitter, Juan Sanchez, and Joel Pace plus three syllabi on the respective topics of European Romanticism, Introducing Global Romanticisms, and Mapping the Black Atlantic. You can find it all here:

About this Volume

The essays on Teaching Global Romanticism collected here present varied approaches to teaching Romanticism in a global context through individual assignments, units, and syllabi. The contributors share ways to enrich pedagogical approaches to Romantic literature and culture with texts and ideas from beyond Britain and America. These essays discuss how literature guides students’ engagement with international themes and issues in the Romantic period and after. The initiative for this volume began under the leadership of William Stroup.

About the Romantic Circles Pedagogies Commons Series

The Romantic Circles Pedagogy Commons is a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the presentation of essays about teaching that offer sample teaching materials as well, from printable handouts to “digital-born” teaching materials.

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CFP – The 50th Anniversary Wordsworth Summer Conference

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Monday 10 August to Thursday 20 August 2020

Rydal Hall, Cumbria, England

The 2020 Wordsworth Summer
Conference at elegant Rydal Hall will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary
since Richard Wordsworth’s inaugural conference gathering in 1970. In this celebration
year we will continue the format pioneered 50 years ago by Richard, mingling
lectures, papers and lively academic debate with energetic fell walking,
picturesque rambles, and excursions to places of Wordsworthian and Romantic
interest. Upper and Lower Rydal Falls are within the grounds of the Hall, and
Rydal Mount—Wordsworth’s home from 1813 until 1850—is a two-minute walk away.

By courtesy of the Wordsworth Trust, our opening
night will include a candlelight visit to Dove Cottage, now restored to reflect
the interior the Wordsworths would have known when they lived there. There will
be a separate opportunity to explore the treasures of the Wordsworth Trust’s
collections with the curator Jeff Cowton, and Part 2 will open with a visit to Wordsworth’s
Rydal Mount and garden.

In 2020 our excursions are likely to include an all-day visit to Malham Cove and sublime Gordale Scar, seen below in Turner’s 1808 sketch towards his painting. High points for energetic fell walkers are likely to include ascents of Nab Scar and Great Rigg, Bowfell, Haystacks, and the mighty Helvellyn.

Format and Costs: …read more