RÊVE (Romantic Europe: The Virtual Exhibition) is delighted to announce that in addition to its new collections (now releasing bimonthly), all its exhibits are newly searchable. It is hoped that you will find this new facility – along with the recently released pedagogical materials – useful as online resource for teaching at many different levels.
From inkstands, books, and travelling cases to trees, clouds, and volcanos, RÊVE brings together iconic objects of Romanticism from across Europe alongside original commentary and cutting-edge research from academics and heritage professionals around the world.
Visit https://www.euromanticism.org for more details about this excellent digital resource – particularly valuable as many of us move our teaching and research online.
You might also be interested in a previous announcement on this topic on the BARS Blog, click here.
TheRomantic Circles Gallery invites scholars to develop and submit proposals for virtual exhibitions on art, visual culture, and book history that will be housed on the Romantic Circles Gallery site. Proposals should include a title, a brief rationale explaining the concept or inquiry that will define the exhibit, and a list of ten visual objects for the proposed exhibits.
The digital Gallery is edited by Theresa Kelley and Jacob Henry Leveton. They also encourage prospective gallery curators to submit digital images of those objects if they are available. Current Gallery exhibits are located here: https://romantic-circles.org/gallery
Romantic Circles Gallery is committed to a wide-ranging investigation of Romantic visualities. They invite a rich array of approaches to this topic, from questions asked and emerging in art history to thinking about how visual objects occur everywhere in Romantic texts as well as images. They understand visuality across many platforms, from what has traditionally been described as artworks, to ephemera, works on paper, paper itself, books, and visual artifacts that take in many fields of inquiry beyond what we once thought …read more
The Romantic Spirit in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien
A volume in the Cormarë Series, edited by Julian Eilmann & Will Sherwood
If we examine Tolkien research since the 1960s, we may conclude that the notion of Tolkien as a Romanticist is not a popular approach of interpretation: “When referring to Tolkien’s works, Romanticism is hardly the first genre that comes to mind” (Birks 28). His work has instead been largely interpreted within the context of his professional background as philologist and expert of medieval literature. The connection between Tolkien and the Middle Ages has thus become a commonplace of Tolkien scholarship: “Tolkien and the Middle Ages: a connection that seems self-evident and has frequently been dealt with by Tolkien scholars over the last years” (Brückner et al. 6). But as important as these studies grounded in history and philology may be, their dominance makes it difficult for other aspects of Tolkien’s complete works to become visible.
While Tolkien research has started to widen its scope with the aim of enlightening readers of Tolkien’s wider literary interests, the Romantic tradition has remained predominantly overshadowed. Scholars have repeatedly identified that the ‘Romantic Gothic opened imaginative spaces for fantasy in the broader sense’ …read more
1) How did you first become interested in Thomas De Quincey?
My interest in De Quincey began at Oxford, where I did my M.Phil. degree in Romanticism under the supervision of Jonathan Wordsworth. In Hilary term of my first year, Jonathan asked me to write an essay on each of the four major non-fiction prose writers: De Quincey, William Hazlitt, Leigh Hunt, and …read more
David Chandler is Professor of English Literature at Doshisha University in Kyoto. His publications range widely across eighteenth- and nineteenth-century culture, including work on provincial society, the Lake Poets, George Borrow, Charles Dickens, Romantic essayists, theatrical performance and musical culture, including opera and popular song. He is also a director of Retrospect Opera and has been involved in two projects reviving and recording the music of Charles Dibdin (1745-1814): Christmas Gambols and The Jubilee. We discuss his interest in Dibdin below.
The stamps also celebrate other major Romantic poets: William Blake; John Keats; Lord Byron; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Mary Robinson; Percy Bysshe Shelley; Walter Scott; John Clare; and Letitia Elizabeth Landon.
Each stamp uses an extract from one of their most popular and enduring works, along with a specially-commissioned illustration that reflects the theme of the poem.