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.

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Call for Papers: Romantic Interventions: From Idealism to Activism

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

February 11-13, 2021, TU Dortmund University, Germany

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Angela Esterhammer, University of Toronto
Prof. Peter Kitson, University of East Anglia
Prof. Sharon Ruston, Lancaster University

The era of Romanticism is commonly
understood as a time of unrest and change, perceptibly impacting the lives of
individuals as well as collective entities across multi-faceted boundaries. In
“interlocking interests”, as Raymond Williams claimed in his classic Culture
and Society
, “a conclusion about personal feeling became a conclusion about
society, and an observation of natural beauty carried a necessary moral reference
to the whole and unified life of man” (1958: 48). With the French Revolution at
its centre, arguably the decisive historical moment of the era, certain structures
of feeling
emerged in liberal and revolutionary circles on the European
continent. As the breaking-apart of Europe’s ancien régimes sparked
drastic changes on political and socioeconomic levels, Romantic thinkers sought
to employ their texts and activities as contributions to a critical
re-evaluation of the status quo. In a Wordsworthian manner, many Romantic poets
understood themselves as prophets of the people, whose duty it was to intervene
in dominant representational discourses and thereby challenge well-established
hegemonic power structures. At the same time, however, Romantic movements must
not be understood as having solely gyrated around the intellectual efforts of
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20 April – Talk by Prof Nick Roe Cancelled

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By annamercer90 Due to the coronavirus crisis, the following talk has been cancelled: 20 Apr Prof Nick Roe (St Andrews) ‘Romantic Biography and the Secrets of the Dead’. I hope all friends of CRECS are keeping safe and well in these unusual times. We are hoping to rearrange the talks that have been cancelled and invite those … Continue reading 20 April – Talk by Prof Nick Roe Cancelled …read more


Stephen Copley Research Awards 2020

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By Anna Mercer

The BARS Executive Committee has established these bursaries in order to support postgraduate and early-career research within the UK. They are intended to help fund expenses incurred through travel to libraries and archives necessary to the student’s research. As anticipated, this year we received a large number of applications, many of which were of a very high quality indeed. Please do join us in congratulating the very worthy winners. Romanticism is alive and kicking, we’re pleased to say!

• Hadi Baghaei-Abchooyeh (Swansea University)
• Amy Louise Blaney (Keele University)
• Ellen Bulford Welch (University of Sheffield)
• Roger Hansford (Independent Scholar)
• Annise Rogers (University of Lincoln)
• Natalie Tal Harries (Independent Scholar)

Once they have completed their research trips each winner will write a brief report on their projects. These will be published on the website and circulated through our social media. For more information about the bursaries, including reports from past winners, please visit our website.

Daniel Cook
Bursaries Officer, BARS
University of Dundee

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16 March 2020 – Talk by David Duff Cancelled

By annamercer90 We are sorry to announce that in view of the developments regarding the coronavirus crisis, the talk by Prof David Duff on Monday 16 March has now been cancelled. We hope to reschedule for later in the year. …read more


16 March – Professor David Duff on Coleridge

By annamercer90 The next Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth Century Seminar will take place on Monday 16 March at 6pm, in room 2.47. Prof David Duff (Queen Mary) will give a talk entitled ‘Coleridge as Prospectus-Writer’. You can read more about David’s talk below. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome! Coleridge as Prospectus-Writer Coleridge’s ability to spawn new … Continue reading 16 March – Professor David Duff on Coleridge …read more


Jane Austen Embroidery (or the Stitch Off is back on)

By ladys-magazine

It’s World Book Day, which means I am frantically trying to wrestle my youngest child into a costume that he is not entirely sure he wants to wear to school while I am desperately wishing I had time to sit down and read Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light instead. But there is a light at the end of this particular parental tunnel. For today also sees the publication (by Pavilion) of my new book, Jane Austen Embroidery, which I have been working on for the past few years with historic embroiderer, Alison Larkin. And I couldn’t be happier.

Seasoned followers of the Lady’s Magazine project on Twitter or Facebook will know that the book has been a labour or love and many years in the making. It all started in 2015 when I came to own a copy of a half-year of the Lady’s Magazine for 1796 which had 6 original embroidery patterns in it. I couldn’t believe my good fortune. I had been working on and off on the magazine for a decade and a half before that phone call, and in that time I had only ever …read more


On This Day in 1820: Byron completes and dispatches “Don Juan” III and IV (Part II)

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

In this series, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of literary and historical events of the Romantic period. This is the second of a two-part OTD blog by Dr Emily Paterson-Morgan, Director of The Byron Society. The first was released yesterday to mark the bicentenary of Byron completing and Cantos III and IV of Don Juan and dispatching them to England. Click here for the first part.

In the previous
post, I discussed the first Act of what is, I think, both the worst adaptation of
Byron’s Don Juan and also the funniest in its ham-fisted attempts to simplify
the delicious subtleties of one of the greatest and most complicated poems in
the English language into a low-brow theatrical romp fit for the masses. This is the ‘three-penny Acting drama’ titled Don Juan:
A Musical Drama in Three Acts
, attributed to Charles Milner, a bizarre
creation which reduces Byron’s satirical epic to a series of fighting and fornication
scenes complete with a score of
songs and what the author’s stage directions hubristically describe as ‘ballets’.

At the end of Act
I, Juan has seduced (or been seduced by) both the beautiful Donna Julia and her
equally libidinous maid, discovered the cuckolded husband Don Alfonso in a
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9 March – Tim Webb – Event Cancelled

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By annamercer90 The Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth Century Seminar on 9 March 2020, a talk on Leigh Hunt by Prof Tim Webb, has been cancelled due to industrial action. Our next seminar will take place on 16 March with Prof David Duff on ‘Coleridge as Prospectus-Writer’, followed by the final CRECS Spring event on 20 April by … Continue reading 9 March – Tim Webb – Event Cancelled …read more