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Archive for April 2019

London-Paris Romanticism Seminar: Frances Ferguson, Friday 26 April 2019, Senate House, University of London


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The next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will take place on Friday 26 April in the Bloomsbury Room (G35, ground floor) at Senate House, University of London, starting at 5.30. As our distinguished guest speaker, we are delighted to welcome Professor Frances Ferguson of the University of Chicago, who will present a paper entitled Anna Letitia Barbauld, the Book, and the World. This will be followed by a discussion and wine reception. The event is free and open to everyone, including postgraduates and members of the public. No booking is required.

Frances Ferguson taught at the University of California-Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University before joining the English Department at the University of Chicago as Ann L. and Lawrence B. Buttenwieser Professor. Her publications include Wordsworth: Language as Counter-spirit (1977); Solitude and the Sublime: The Aesthetics of Individuation (1992); and Pornography, The Theory: What Utilitarianism Did To Action (2005); and articles on various topics in eighteenth century and Romantic studies. The journal Critical Inquiry has most recently—in late March of 2019—published her essay “Not Kant, but Bentham: On Taste.”

Regarding the topic of her talk, Frances writes:

“Anna Letitia Barbauld’s writings for children—the Lessons for Children …read more


Romanticism Celebrates 25 Years

By Anna Mercer

Written by Romanticism editor, Nicholas Roe.

The 25th publishing anniversary of Romanticism offers an opportunity to reflect on the origin of the journal three decades ago. In the mid-1990s there was no UK-based journal dedicated to publishing a broad range of essays, articles and reviews in the Romantic field. There were specialised journals, some of them of remarkable longevity such as the Keats-Shelley Memorial Bulletin and the Byron Journal. The Review of English Studies and Essays in Criticism published essays on Romantic literature from time to time alongside other material. In the US there were the Keats-Shelley Journal, Blake Quarterly, The Wordsworth Circle, and other author-focused publications, as well as the prestigious and long-established Studies in Romanticism. There seemed to be a gap for a new UK-based scholarly journal that would publish the most significant new critical and scholarly work in the field, with a reviews section dedicated to longer reviews of new work in the field.

Back cover of the first issue of Romanticism (1995).

The founding editors were myself, Drummond Bone, Jane Stabler, and Tim Webb. We met at Bow-of-Fife on a summer afternoon in 1994 and discussed how the journal might best be projected and published: we agreed that …read more


BARS 2019: Romantic Facts and Fantasies – Registration Open

By Matthew Sangster

Please see below for a notice from the organisers of BARS 2019 giving more information about the fantastic range of activities they’ve arranged and providing details about registration, accommodation and bursaries.

BARS 2019: Romantic Facts and Fantasies

The BARS 2019 Conference Organising Committee are pleased to announce that registration for BARS 2019: Romantic Facts and Fantasies is now open. For more information and online registration please visit

The registration fee includes the opening evening reception and informal dinner on Thursday, a BBQ on Friday, and buffet lunch daily as well as unlimited refreshments available all day at the conference centre (tea, coffee, cappuccinos, lattes, mineral water, biscuits and fresh fruit). Free parking is available on site. Delegates will have free access to the state-of-the-art gym and 25m swimming pool at the University of Nottingham’s new David Ross Sports Village. Other facilities including a climbing wall and squash and badminton courts can also be pre-booked for a small charge.

The conference dinner on Saturday is optional and may be booked at the time of registration, together with a selection of optional excursions on Saturday afternoon (see below).

We hope to release a limited number …read more