In spite of the pandemic, the business of Romantic Studies rolls on. We are glad to announce the publication of the most recent issue of The BARS Review (No. 55, Autumn 2020). The issue contains a total of ten reviews of recent scholarly work within the field of Romanticism, broadly conceived. Five of the reviews compromise a ‘spotlight’ section on ‘Romantic Locations, Locating Romanticism’.
If you have comments on the new number, or on the Review in general, we’d be very grateful for any feedback that would allow us to improve the site or its content. Mark Sandy would also be very happy to hear from people who would like to review for BARS.
Editor: Mark Sandy (Durham University) General Editors: …read more
By Anthony Mandal From Minerva Press to Ann Julia Hatton/‘Ann of Swansea’ This post on the poet and novelist Ann Julia Hatton (1764–1838), better known in the Romantic period by her pen-name, ‘Ann of Swansea’, picks up several … Continue reading → …read more
Modern Language Association Convention, Washington DC, January 6-9, 2022
The Wordsworth-Coleridge Association is an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association that meets annually during the MLA Convention. Along with an annual festive lunch, the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association is allowed to propose up to two scholarly sessions. For the MLA Convention in Washington DC, proposals are invited on the following topic: Romanticism and Data.
What was “data” — and what were data — in the Romantic era? According to the OED, a “datum” is “an item of (chiefly numerical) information, esp. one obtained by scientific work,” and “something given or granted; something known or assumed as fact, and made the basis of reasoning,” both senses being in use during the period. This call is open to: different kinds of data (e.g., bibliographic, colonial, demographic, fiscal, historical, industrial, literary, personal, scientific, sensory, slave trade); techniques, media, forms, and formats of datafication; data collection projects from the period, big and small; critiques of data and dataveillance; Romantic epistemologies, epistemological hierarchies, facts, truth, and negative capabilities; documentalities, informational genres, information management, and categorizations; computational approaches (paper or electronic) to Romantic-era texts or Romantic studies over the years. Papers that explore the relationship between literature and data …read more
Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.
The Joint Faculties of the Humanities and Theology have eight departments and carries out large and varied work within research and education with the purpose to understand people as cultural and social beings. The faculties have some 700 employees and around 4000 students.
The Centre for Languages and Literature at Lund University (SOL) is Sweden’s largest university department for languages, linguistics, literature and area studies. SOL provides a wide range of freestanding courses complemented with an increasing number of first and second cycle degree programmes. Housing 33 subjects and roughly the same number of PhD programmes, SOL is a solid foundation for broad and deep education and research, characterised by national and international visibility. SOL is managed by a board chaired by the Head of Department. The management also includes two assistant heads of department with special areas of responsibility. More than 250 people are employed and around 3 000 students, …read more
Hannah More, one of the most prominent intellectual figures of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, left multiple material traces of her work and activities. From the buildings that housed her Sunday Schools across the Mendips, to the 1,800 surviving letters written by her in her lifetime, to the thousands of inscriptions and autographs written by her in fans’ books, to the copious knitting she produced for friends and loved ones, to the boards holding her poetry in country estates in the south west, a wealth of material evidence has survived. Little has been examined, however, or enjoyed the sort of sustained and serious investigation increasingly offered to material cultures of the eighteenth century by critics including Chloe Wigston Smith, Jennie Batchelor, Maddie Pelling, Freya Gowrley, Elizabeth Eger, Nicole Pohl, Amanda Vickery and others.
This conference, which will be held using digital technologies and platforms, seeks to address this significant gap in More scholarship and it looks to do so by taking advantage of the benefits offered by digital conferencing over face-to-face events. Therefore, contributors are explicitly invited to consider the ways in which they might make use of digital technology to make more visible, …read more
The Department of English Literature and Creative Writing is seeking to appoint a Research Associate on a full-time basis to work on the AHRC-funded Davy Notebooks Project.
You will assist the Project’s Principal Investigator (PI), Professor Sharon Ruston, and the Senior Research Associate, Dr Andrew Lacey, to work on the transcription and annotation of Humphry Davy’s notebooks using the crowdsourcing platform Zooniverse (https://www.zooniverse.org/). The final transcriptions will be published on the Lancaster Digital Library. You will also participate in the generation of new knowledge from these materials, via journal articles, public outreach activities, and conference presentations.
You will have a PhD in Literature or History concentrating on the eighteenth and/or nineteenth centuries. Direct experience with eighteenth- and/or nineteenth-century manuscripts is desirable, as are publications on or in a field related to eighteenth- and/or nineteenth-century literature and/or science. Previous editorial experience, particularly previous work on a scholarly edition, would be an advantage as would previous experience on a Digital Humanities project especially one that has applied TEI (Text Encoding Initative) Guidelines. While experience with TEI would be an advantage, full training will be given in the role. There is a specific focus on contexts of slavery and colonialism in one part of …read more
Since December 2018, Keats House, Hampstead has been celebrating the life and works of Keats through the Keats200 bicentenary programme. Although the house remains closed to the public at present, the Keats200 exhibition is accessible online (here), with the final content looking at Keats’s ‘Death and Legacy’ (here).
Thank you to everyone who has helped us deliver #Keats200 and followed its progress online.
The BARS Executive Committee established the Stephen Copley bursary scheme in order to support postgraduate and early-career research within the UK. The bursaries primarily fund expenses incurred through travel to libraries and archives necessary for the applicant’s research, but the remit was this year expanded to include other research-focused costs, such as (but not limited to) photocopying, scanning, and childcare. Please do join us in congratulating the very worthy winners. Romanticism is alive and kicking, we’re pleased to say!
Alexander Abichou (Durham University)
Amanda Blake Davis (University of Sheffield)
Edward Hardiman (Keele University)
Emma Stanbridge (Keele University)
Maddy Pelling (University of York)
Jordan Welsh (University of Essex)
Zachary Garber (University of Oxford)
Once they have completed their research projects, as far as the bursary scheme is concerned, each winner will write a brief report. These reports 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: www.bars.ac.uk.
On This Day in 1821: Severn’s Accounts of Keats’s Final Days
By Ana Stevenson, writer and independent scholar based in Paris. Ana specialises in English Romanticism with a focus on the life and works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, currently exploring personal accounts recorded by his contemporaries in order to gain an insight of the development of his philosophy. She also writes essays and reflections which are shared on her page (anastevensonarchive.wordpress.com).
In the evening of the 23rd of February 1821, John Keats quietly passed away in his Roman lodgings by the Piazza di Spagna (‘The Spanish Steps’). The last tortured months of his life were recorded in intimate detail by the painter Joseph Severn, a close friend who accompanied the poet on his last voyage from London to Rome. As sad as these accounts may be, they illustrate the very real horror of Keats’s demise; as we reach the bicentennial of this sorrowful event, I have reviewed Joseph Severn’s reports of Keats’s final months and thus consider the dying Keats as a real man, not just a literary figure.
Peace, peace! he is not dead, he doth not sleep, He hath awaken’d from the dream of life
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Adonais: An Elegy on the …read more