Job Vacancy at Edge Hill University: Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural Heritage

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Full details:

We are delighted to be able to advertise for a Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural Heritage to cover funding success and collaborate on building on and developing relationships with cultural heritage organisations for teaching and research. The successful candidate will be expected to cover a period survey module on Romanticism, ideally an optional module on Jane Austen, as well as a range of other modules as discussed in the job description. This is an exciting opportunity to work with our nineteenth-century studies research group, EHU Nineteen, to support and be supported in developing new projects.

About You

With a relevant higher degree and experience of degree-level teaching, you will demonstrate relevant subject knowledge in Children’s Literature, Romanticism, Literary History and Critical Theory.

Excellent communication skills, time and workload management skills and a strong commitment to the welfare and success of students will be key to your success in this stimulating multi-disciplinary department.

About the Role

English Literature at Edge Hill is a small team with particular expertise in literature in the long nineteenth century. You will provide expert teaching in a variety of modes, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, and online interaction, and facilitate student work in a range of different …read more


CFP: Distance 2020, 3-14 August

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Deadline: 5pm BST 29 June

The University of York’s Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies and the University of Melbourne’s Enlightenment Romanticism Contemporary Culture Research Unit invites PhD and MA students to join their first ever virtual postgraduate conference on ‘Distance’ from 3-14 August 2020

The long eighteenth century saw the experience of cultural distance through overseas exploration, empire, travel and trade. The diverse interactions led to comparisons with other states, subjects, languages and traditions. In 2020, physical and social distance has once again become a defining feature of our society, and this virtual conference invites all to consider how our current situations can bring a new appreciation for how distance was integral in the communities and cultures of eighteenth-century society.

To accommodate the new physical restrictions in our own academic landscape, the conference will be held virtually. It will operate on a combined platform:

Postgraduate presenters will be advised and supported in pre-recording presentations. These will be uploaded onto a dedicated google site for conference delegates.

Keynote speeches and other conference activities will take place on Zoom at scheduled times during the conference period. These will run at time’s that enable international participation, and will be recorded.

We welcome abstracts for either traditional papers of 20 …read more


PhD studentship (2020-24)

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Bringing the Bard Back Home? The English Translation of Foreign Shakespeare Criticism in the Long 19th Century

Department of Literary Studies, KU Leuven.

Deadline for applications: 15 July 2020.

You will join KU Leuven’s English Literature Research Group, part of the Literary Studies Department, a vibrant, multilingual, and international community of scholars with a strong tradition of research in comparative literature and translation studies. The department provides many opportunities for collaborative work and for developing a broad range of professional skills. KU Leuven is the oldest university in the Low Countries. It features among the world’s top 100 universities in most rankings, with high scores for Arts and Humanities research. It is located in a historic town in the heart of Belgium, 20 minutes from Brussels, and within easy reach of Paris, London, Amsterdam and Cologne.


We offer a fully-funded PhD position for research on English translations of German Shakespeare criticism in the long nineteenth century.
Unlike translations of Shakespeare’s texts, translations of Shakespeare criticism have attracted no scholarly attention. Shakespeare critics in different countries often used to read each other in the original, but their writings also reached wider foreign audiences through translations. By analysing English translations of French and German writings on …read more


Conference Report – BARS PGR and ECR Conference 2020: Romantic Futurities (12-13 June)

By Anna Mercer

A report by Alastair Dawson and Vinita Singh

View the conference website here

Each new year and theme makes every BARS postgraduate and early-career researcher conference a unique academic experience, and this tradition continued into 2020. Of course, this year, thanks to worldwide lockdowns and bans on large group gatherings, this conference was unique in more ways than one. A herculean effort by organisers (Colette Davies, Amanda Davies, and Paul Stephens) and 37 accepted speakers managed to move mountains (or, in this case, papers) onto an online platform. With such a plethora of academic delights to choose from, some 200 delegates took part in the conference across the weekend, with just shy of a hundred in most of the live workshops and keynote sessions. Indeed, freed from the physical and geographical constraints of a typical conference venue (although delegates are still hoping to make it to Keats House, Hampstead in future), scholars from right across the globe were able to come together in the cloud, and many of us left the conference with minds abuzz with the possibilities of future digital elements in academic conferencing.

It was not merely the geographical and physical …read more


Black Lives Matter: A Statement from the BARS President and Executive, June 2020

By Anna Mercer

The British Association for Romantic Studies condemns in the strongest terms the systemic and persistent destruction of Black lives. The deplorable and distressing murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor are the latest in a long line of brutal injustices that stretch back through centuries of inequality and discrimination in the United States. It is with dismay that we see that, in 2020, so much work remains to be done. 

This crisis of racism is not confined to the US alone: in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world, intolerance and discrimination have been on the rise. The deaths of Sean Rigg, Mark Duggan, Kingsley Burrell and Sheku Bayoh point starkly to the toxic and structural imbalances in law enforcement and the justice system within the UK. The rise in weaponized anti-immigrant rhetoric, populist ethnonationalism, Islamophobia and national scandals like Windrush demonstrate that racism is a global pandemic. Contrary to initial suggestions that the COVID-19 crisis was the ‘great leveller’, emerging data indicates that people from BAME backgrounds are significantly more likely to die from the virus than white people. Yet, people of colour disproportionately make up our health and care sectors, putting their lives at …read more


Queen Caroline in Caricature: June 1820

By Dr Fallon

Ian Haywood, University of Roehampton

Image: Robert Cruikshank, The Secret Insult

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.[1]

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

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

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) (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


Romantic Dwelling

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

RÊVE (Romantic Europe: The Virtual Exhibition) 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.

Visit the RÊVE website for more details of this and the rest of their fascinating collection:

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BARS PG & ECR Conference 2020: Registration and Live Schedule

By Anna Mercer

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