BARS Digital Events: ‘The Late Mary Shelley’ Recording Now Online

By Anna Mercer

You can now watch last week’s event, ‘The Late Mary Shelley’, online on our YouTube channel.

This event was our most popular yet, with 187 attendees!

Read about the speakers here, and book for our next event ‘Romanticism and the Museum’ here.

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BARS Digital Events: Romanticism and the Museum

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By Anna Mercer

Join us on Zoom on Thursday 4th March 2021 at 5pm GMT. Tickets here.

This event proposes to discuss the challenges facing museums and heritage institutions and organisations in 2021. We specifically want to explore the role of museums based in the UK that are dedicated to celebrating the works and lives of figures from the Romantic period. These sites are far more than single buildings – they provide a dedicated space for conversation and inspiration. Literary house museums lead the way in championing the importance of preserving the legacy of literary icons, both in their work with collections, but also in their work with the communities that they serve. The event will also seek to ask who such museums are for, and how they can engage new groups beyond their core following.

This roundtable will crucially include a range of speakers: curators, academics, and early career scholars who work with and study literary house museums.

Some of the issues we will be exploring include:

  • Diversifying audiences
  • Digital exhibitions and communications (especially in light of the global pandemic)
  • Funding, including the question of balancing sustainable income as well as providing targeted activities for specific groups
  • Collections: care and promotion
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The Keats Letters Project Presents: Weep for Adonais

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The KLP is excited to announce our 23 February event to commemorate the bicentennial of Keats’s death: “Weep for Adonais: A Collaborative Reading of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Elegy for John Keats.” Join us via Zoom at 11 pm Rome local time, 10 pm GMT, 5 pm EST.

Why “11 pm Rome local time,” you ask? That’s the time on 23 Feb 1821, according to Joseph Severn’s account, that Keats died in Severn’s arms. (Sure, time zones weren’t yet regularized in 1821, but we’ll act as if they were). Use this link to pre-register here.

We’ll share more information about “Weep for Adonais” as the event date nears, including who will be some of our readers for the event. For now, mark it on your calendar, register for the event, and prepare for the fiery tears and loud hearts (which won’t be quenched or muted).

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Keats-Shelley House: Video Story and Panoramic Tours

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

‘The Death of Keats’: An Immersive Video Story from the Keats-Shelley House narrated by Bob Geldof premiering 23 February 6.30 pm

This February the Keats-Shelley House will commemorate the bicentenary of John Keats’s death with the release of two immersive video experiences, both of them collaborations with legendary rock star, philanthropist, and Keats-Shelley200 Ambassador Bob Geldof.

On 23 February, the bicentenary of Keats’s death in Rome, we’ll premiere ‘The Death of Keats’ narrated by Bob Geldof. This will be an innovative immersive video story which is best enjoyed with a VR headset but fully accessible without. Recounting, through readings from letters, Keats’s trip to Italy, his time in the House, and his death, this will be the first in a series of video stories from the Keats-Shelley House to mark the bicentenaries of Keats’s and Shelley’s deaths.

Also, don’t miss the Immersive Video Tour of the Keats-Shelley House with Bob Geldof which will premiere on 8 February.

From 23 February it will also be possible to take your own Panoramic Tour of the Keats-Shelley House with a Live Guide.

All details here.

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London-Paris Romanticism Seminar: Nigel Leask, Online Seminar, Friday 19 February 2021


The next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will take place via Zoom on Friday 19 February 2021 at 17.30-19.30 London time (GMT). As our guest speaker, we are delighted to welcome Professor Nigel Leask of the University of Glasgow, whose paper is entitled “Werry romantic…among these Mountains & Lakes”: John Keats and the Highland Tour. His illustrated talk will be followed by a discussion in which questions from the audience are invited. The seminar will be chaired by Gregory Dart (University College London).

The seminar is free and open to everyone. Prior registration is necessary. To book a place via the Institute of English Studies website, click here and scroll down to the relevant seminar. When you register, you will be provided with a Zoom link and details of how to join the online forum. Whether you wish to contribute or simply to listen in, please join us.

Nigel Leask
is Regius
Chair in English Language and Literature at the University of Glasgow. He has published
widely on British, Irish and Scottish romanticism, with a special emphasis on orientalism,
popular culture, travel writing and ‘improvement’. His books include British Romantic Writers and the East:
Anxieties of Empire
(1992); Curiosity
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Five Questions: Merrilees Roberts on Shelley’s Poetics of Reticence

By Matthew Sangster

Merrilees Roberts is an Independent Scholar based near London. Her work encompasses Romanticism, philosophy, psychology, poetics and literary theory, with a particular focus on Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was the subject of her doctoral thesis. She has recently published work on Prometheus Unbound in the Keats-Shelley Review, an article on Shelley’s prefaces in Romanticism, and a book chapter on shame, affect and The Cenci in Affect Theory and Literary Critical Practice: A Feel for the Text (Palgrave, 2019). Her first monograph, Shelley’s Poetics of Reticence: Shelley’s Shame, which we discuss below, was published by Routledge in April 2020.

1) How did you come to realise you wanted to write a book on Shelley’s poetics of reticence?

The ideas for this project began in my MA thesis; particularly through an analysis of the ending of Julian and Maddalo: A Conversation, which has its own chapter in this book. It occurred to me that Julian withholds things from the reader in the poem’s closing lines – ‘I urged and questioned still, she told me how/ All happened – but the cold world shall not know’, because he is ashamed. …read more