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Archive for December 2013

CfP: Periodisation: Pleasures and Pitfalls

By admin

Please see below for a new Call for Papers for a fascinating-sounding conference on literary periodisation, to be held at All Souls College, Oxford on the 3rd of June 2014. Clare Bucknell, one of the organisers, writes:

“We want to start an academic conversation about the categories in which scholars, critics, institutions and anthologies subdivide literary history, and we intend to scrutinise the kinds of social or disciplinary bias that underlie the boundaries of literary-historical study. We hope that the subject will be of great interest to Romantic scholars, as there are many provocative questions it might raise – for instance:

– when does ‘late eighteenth-century’ become ‘Romantic’?

– what does the institutional history of ‘the Romantic period’ say about the interests and biases of English as an academic discipline?

– are certain genres and forms conceived to be characteristic of ‘the Romantic period’? If so, why – and what does this tell us about the thinking behind periodisation?”

The full CfP is below; abstracts are due on February 1st.

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A one-day conference at All Souls College, Oxford, June 3rd 2014

Keynote Speaker: Professor James Simpson, Harvard

What do we mean by ‘medieval’? When does ‘late …read more


Tis the Season for Subscribing

By admin

The new year approaches ever closer, and at the chime of midnight on New Year’s Eve, BARS subscriptions will fall due. Please take a moment to read the note below from our treasurer and membership secretary, Jane Moore; for more details on becoming a BARS member or renewing an existing membership, please see the relevant page on the website.

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Dear BARS members

As the newly-appointed Membership Secretary and Treasurer of the Association, I’d like to introduce myself to you and to thank you for your continued co-operation and support as BARS members.

I’d also like to remind the membership that annual subs are due on January 1st and to ask that you check your standing orders are for the correct amount of either £25 (waged) or £10 (unwaged/postgraduate). As many of you will be aware, the BARS Executive took the decision in 2012, after consultation with the membership, to make a modest increase in subscription fees to £25 (waged) and £10 (unwaged/postgraduate). Our aim in the longer term is to increase BARS membership, both UK and overseas. If you know anyone working in the field who isn’t currently a …read more


Policing the Romantic Crowd …


Only a few days till the 30th Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg #30C3, where I’ll be talking with @matusound on Romantic literature, public space/high-density environments, visual analysis and surveillance – “Policing the Romantic Crowd” for short. (See Violet Blue’s ZDNet blog on the CCC’s history and line-up.)

With kinetic protests in Hamburg over the weekend (7,000 in the streets protesting against plans to carry out evictions at squatted theatre Rote Flora, a rallying point for activists), and student demonstrations this month in London (#copsoffcampus), it’s timely to explore what the Romantics’ understanding of crowds – the “push”, in Romantic slang – has to contribute to current debates about politics and public space.

Peterloo Massacre, Manchester 1819

The Romantic era was an age of crowds – from revolutionary Parisian mobs to the enormous 60,000-300,000-strong gatherings in London and Manchester in the Summer and Autumn of 1819 protesting against the price of bread, corrupt politicians and lack of parliamentary representation. What animated crowds? How was information transmitted across them? What was the legal status of the individual in the “push”? And how did art and literature model …read more


Romantic Locations: Registration Now Open

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Dove Cottage

The organisers of Romantic Locations, the 2014 BARS Early Career and Postgraduate Conference, are pleased to announce that registration is now open. The form can be downloaded from the dedicated section of the BARS Website, which also includes information about travel and accommodation (including special offers). While we can’t promise that the sky above Dove Cottage between March 19th and 21st will be quite as blue as it is in the image above, we can promise a rigorous and exciting academic programme and a convivial and friendly environment for socialising and sharing enthusiasms.

We’ve accepted thirty excellent proposals from postgraduate and early career scholars, who will give fifteen-minute papers on their current research on a wide range of interesting topics. The conference will also feature plenary addresses from Professor Simon Bainbridge (Lancaster University) and Professor Nicola Watson (Open University), as well as a workshop on manuscripts with the Wordsworth Trust’s Curator, Jeff Cowton MBE. The full programme will be published early in the new year. The organisers have taken trouble to make sure that the conference is as accessible as possible to those on all budgets.

Please …read more


Five Questions: Hiatus

By admin

The Five Questions interviews have been on hiatus during December as I’ve been tied up with Romantic Locations (for more on which, see the post above) and as many of those I’ve approached have been buried under pre-Christmas marking. However, the interviews will return in the new year – there are a number of exciting people lined up.

Thanks for reading this year, and hope to see you back here in 2014.

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Blog on ‘Health and Society in Georgian Spas’

By GlynisIngram

As part of the ‘Fashionable Diseases’ Leverhulme Trust project, we have held five workshops in the first year. The last of these in November 2013 was entitled ‘Fashion and Illness in Georgian Bath.’ Although Bath is well-known as the eighteenth-century centre for fashionable society, it is easy to forget that it only became so due to its identity as a health resort. As with other spas in Britain and Europe at this time, people originally travelled to Bath for the healing effects of the waters. Phyllis Hembry explains in The English Spa, 1560-1815 that in the Medieval period the waters of many spas were thought to be miraculous while from the Elizabethan period onwards, more emphasis was placed on the chemical properties of the mineral salts and water.1
By the eighteenth century many spas throughout Britain and Europe were popular resorts for those hoping to cure various illnesses as well as for more preventative measures. As the wealthy upper and moneyed middle classes toured the spas for their health, the towns began to provide better amenities and increased entertainment for recreation. It is only because of the health tourism that spas like Bath, Tunbridge, Cheltenham, Bristol and others became such …read more


Frankenstein and Fantasmagoriana: An Introductory Blog

By Greetings Fellow Romanticists and Print Culturists, I am excited about my first blog-posting for Romantic Textualities. Thanks to the editors for the opportunity and their assistance. Like many of us, ever since first reading Frankenstein (1818), I have been intrigued by the famous ghost-storytelling contest at the Villa Diodati. On a rainy Swiss night in […] …read more


Thomas Moore, Anacreon and the Romantic Tradition (Moore)

By Anthony Mandal This essay offers a historical and generic account of the inter-cultural British and Irish nexus of imitation surrounding Thomas Moore’s first published volume of verse, his remarkably successful Odes of Anacreon, Translated into English Verse, with Notes (1800). I situate Moore’s volume, imitative of the sixth-century BC poet Anacreon’s lyrics of wine, women and song, within the dual Irish and British contexts of Anacreontic verse published in Ireland in the eighteenth century, in the contemporary cultural milieu of glee clubs, bodies such as the Hibernian Catch Club, the Beefsteak Club, the Humbug Club and the tellingly named Anacreontic Society, whose members frequently performed Anacreontic sentimental and drinking songs, and in the Cockney School Romanticism of Leigh Hunt and John Keats. In doing so, the paper repositions Moore, in his role of Anacreontic versifier as a formative presence at the genesis of British Romanticism as the turn of the nineteenth century, in ways that allow a deeper understanding of the culturally complex formation of Four Nations Romanticism. …read more


Authors in an Industrial Economy (Bell)

By Anthony Mandal The House of John Murray was well known as one of the principal British publishers in the field of travel and exploratory literature throughout much of the nineteenth century. The titles that were published under the proprietorship of John Murray II (1778–1843) and John Murray III (1808–92) read like a who’s who of nineteenth-century travel writing. The John Murray Archive offers one of the richest archival sources for publishing history, providing unequalled insight into the way that a prominent London publisher dealt with its authors in the age of colonial expansion. This article examines the processes through which Murray’s works came to make their way from manuscript to publication over several decades. It will conclude with a discussion of authorial self-presentation, examining ways in which some of Murray’s travel writers fashioned themselves, through various discursive strategies, in accordance with their position within this new literary economy. …read more