On this day (5 June) exactly two hundred years ago, one of the most high-profile political and sexual scandals in British history burst onto the cultural scene. The focus of this unprecedented media storm was Caroline of Brunswick, the estranged wife of the new king George IV, previously the Prince of Wales and Prince Regent.
The pair had married in 1795 when George agreed a deal with parliament to pay off enormous gambling debts – amounting to millions of pounds today – in return for reforming his rakish ways. The marriage was a disaster: George was drunk during the wedding ceremony, and there were rumours that Caroline’s standards of hygiene were not of the highest (though typically, this criticism did not apply to the Prince). Moreover, George was already illicitly married to Maria Fitzherbert, and his mistress Lady Jersey was appointed as Caroline’s bedchamber lady. Though Caroline conceived her daughter Charlotte, George insisted on a separation, a decision that would come back to haunt him.
From 1796 until 1820, the royal couple led independent lives, but George launched several undercover investigations to try to expose Caroline’s allegedly promiscuous lifestyle, and …read more
AHRC-funded project DREAMing Romantic Europe and RÊVE (Romantic Europe: The Virtual Exhibition).
Our third project workshop was to have been held in June 2020 in beautiful Grasmere, Cumbria, as guests of the Wordsworth Trust, in conjunction with the Wordsworth250 celebrations and the opening of the redisplayed Dove Cottage. In the light of current circumstances, we have moved this event online, and this means that we have the wonderful opportunity of inviting colleagues from right around the world to come and join us on Sunday June 28th and Monday June 29th 2020.
It seems fitting that this collaboration to build a virtual exhibition of Romanticism should entail a virtual event, and stimulating that such virtuality resonates so powerfully with our chosen theme of ‘media’. The core question for our invited speakers was ‘Which media served to materialise and/or transmit Romantic ideas and sentiments across Europe?’ They were invited to present an ‘exhibit’ to RÊVE (Romantic Europe: The Virtual Exhibition) http://www.euromanticism.org. (This link will take you to the current exhibition, and to more information on the project generally, including reports on previous events and workshops.) Speakers have been asked to produce a 10-minute presentation, consisting of a single image …read more
RÊVE (Romantic Europe: The Virtual Exhibition) http://www.euromanticism.org is delighted to announce the release of its latest collection, ‘Romantic Dwelling’. Comprised of an introduction and ten entirely new short pieces, it is devoted to objects held in one house- museum, the Cowper and Newton Museum in Olney, and experiments additionally with a mix of scholarly and creative responses.
Explored through these exhibits, William Cowper’s life and poetry — ambiguously composed of retreat and correspondence, of domestic privacy and commentary upon world events — offer a timely reflection upon the pleasures and privations of lockdown in the time of Covid-19.
The BARS PG and ECR Reps are pleased to announce that Registration is now open for the BARS Postgraduate and Early-Career Conference 2020: Romantic Futurities. The conference invites delegates to examine the theme of ‘futurities’ in Romantic-period literature and thought, including the historical future, the anticipatory future, posterity, and the future of the field of Romanticism. For full details, please visit the official conference website.
1] Conference Registration Please visit the conference website to book your place. Registration is completely free, and includes access to both days of the conference (Friday June 12th and Saturday June 13th), including all sessions, workshops, and keynotes.
2] Conference Format The conference will be staged asynchronously on the Conference website, with synchronous discussion and video workshops on Zoom on the 12th-13th June. The conference will be held via a password-protected area of the website, which will host the video/audio presentations, and forum conversations aligned with each panel to facilitate discussion. The Organising Team will be online throughout the conference to facilitate lively and convivial forum discussions. The finalised programme will be available on the website on Wednesday 10th June.
3] Conference Live Sessions: Schedule Alongside the asynchronous delegate presentations, there will be 6 live elements to the conference. …read more
Mary Wollstonecraft, heralding the importance of female education along with the process of life-learning, claims in the preface to the collection, The Female Reader:
[…] supposing a young lady has received the best education, she has advanced but a few steps towards the improvement of her mind and heart – that is the business of her whole life; […] As we are created accountable creatures we must run the race ourselves, and by our exertions acquire virtue: the outmost our friends can do is to point out the right road, and clear away some of the loose rubbish which might at first retard our progress.
Almost fifty years later, Mary Shelley transposed Wollstonecraft’s suggestions in the short story “Euphrasia; A Tale of Greece” (1838), published in the Keepsake. Like Wollstonecraft’s ideal lady, Euphrasia is a scholar:
The study of the classic literature of her country corrected her taste and exalted her love of the beautiful. While a child she improvised passionate songs of liberty; and as she grew in years and loveliness, and her heart opened to tenderness, and she became aware of all the honor and happiness that a woman must derive from being held the friend of man, …read more
The European Romantic Review is delighted to announce the publication of ERR 31.3 (June 2020), the NASSR “Romantic Elements” issue guest edited by Timothy Campbell. In his words, the issue includes works addressing “direct and urgent consideration of what it must or could mean now to pursue first principles, essential components, or primary qualities of Romanticism, whether through more intensive or expansive recovery of a deep archival past or through closer (albeit more dispersed) attention to what has stood before, outlasted, and thereby evaded the critical trends and transformations we have found easier to recognize and address.”
Contents include papers by Timothy Campbell, Jocelyn Holland, Daniel Stout, Ian Balfour, Manu Samriti Chander, Suh-Reen Han, Andrew Sargent, Karen Weisman, Alice Rhodes, Adam Kozaczka, and Trevor McMichael, as well as shorter panel pieces celebrating new books and pedagogy.
This digital seminar series seeks to showcase new and innovative research being undertaken on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art and its histories. We invite contributions for papers investigating any aspect of the artistic, visual and material cultures of this period, and produced across the globe. Sessions will be hosted via video conferencing software, and will take the form of a 40-minute seminar, with time following for questions.
We welcome proposals from PhD researchers and Early Career Academics, particularly those from underrepresented groups.
The essays are free to read until the 1st of June as part of the Covid-19 response, allowing everyone the chance to read these excellent essays.
This special issue explores the materiality of romantic collections, using S. T. Coleridge’s Sibylline Leaves (2017) as a starting point for thinking about the tension between the leaf in flight and the bound book, scattered papers and scientific systems, specimens and books to come, paintings and prints, commonplace books and material forms that mediate disability in the archive. Edited by Marianne Brooker and Luisa Calè, with essays by Seamus Perry, Marianne Brooker, Luisa Calè, David Duff, Jessica Roberson, and Tilottama Rajan.
Available through Project Muse (free access until the 1st of June).
The Open Graves, Open Minds (OGOM) Project was launched in 2010 with the Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture conference.We have subsequently hosted symposia on Bram Stoker and John William Polidori, unearthing depictions of the vampire in literature, art, and other media, before embracing shapeshifting creatures and other supernatural beings and their worlds. The Company of Wolves, our ground-breaking werewolf and feral humans conference, took place in 2015. This was followed by The Urban Weird, a folkloric collaboration with Supernatural Cities in 2017. The OGOM Project now extends to all narratives of the fantastic, the folkloric, the fabulous, and the magical.