Jane Austen Society UK Graduate and Early Career Researcher Essay Prize 2020

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

This prize is inaugurated in 2020 by the Jane Austen Society to promote scholarship on Jane Austen among postgraduate and early career researchers at universities in the United Kingdom. It is supported by donations to the Society’s Jane Austen 250 Fund.

The prize is designed to promote scholarship on Jane Austen by Graduate and Early Career Researchers in any discipline at universities across the United Kingdom.

First prize is £200, and also includes publication of the winning essay, and one year’s free membership to the Jane Austen Society.


Professor Joe Bray, University of Sheffield

Professor Emma Cleary, Uppsala University

David Richardson, Trustee of the Jane Austen Society

Deadline for submissions 31 December 2020.

Please circulate the poster and share the link with post-graduates and ELCs currently working on Jane Austen.
Full details and guidelines on the Jane Austen Society UK website here.

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BARS Digital Events Series 2020/21 – Call for Contributions

By Anna Mercer

The British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) would like to formally launch its BARS Digital Events 2020/21 series. We envisage the BARS Digital Events Series to be broad-ranging and we hope it will reflect the interests of our members. The series draws upon the collaborative spirit of the Romantics, fostering a convivial atmosphere through discussions of literature, history and culture. Through scholarly roundtables and Q&A sessions, the series will review what Romanticism means, recent developments in the field, and consider how it is still relevant today. The discussions will not just celebrate Romantic writing but will invite participants to turn a critical eye on established historical narratives and the study of our period in general.

To launch our series, we have planned three roundtables entitled ‘Perspectives on the Field’, ‘Digital Editions’, and ‘Teaching Romanticism’. Following these, we are gladly opening up the call for contributions.

The Digital Events committee invites proposals from scholars of the Romantic period to present an individual paper or a curated roundtable session as part of this BARS Digital Events Series. These proposals will be to feature in the 2021 series. We envisage the first 2021 session to be in late January or early February. From then …read more

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BARS Digital Events: ‘Romantic Studies in 2020: Perspectives on the Field’

By Anna Mercer

The British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) is delighted to announce the first session of our new Digital Events programme. Please join us on Thursday 5 November at 5pm GMT on Zoom for a roundtable discussion between Professor James Chandler, Professor Ian Duncan, Dr Katie Garner, Professor Essaka Joshua, and Professor Fiona Stafford on the topic of ‘Romantic Studies in 2020: Perspectives on the Field’, chaired by BARS Vice President Dr Gillian Dow. During this 80-minute session, our guests will present perspectives on their current research and teaching before discussing the challenges faced by scholars and students of Romanticism in 2020, after which the audience will be invited to take part in a moderated Q&A session.

You must register to attend this session. Please register on Eventbrite, here.

About our Guests:

  • Professor James Chandler is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, General Editor of Cambridge University Press’s Studies in Romanticism series, and the author of several publications on Romantic literature and politics, including England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism (1998) and An Archaeology of Sympathy (2013).
  • Professor Ian Duncan is the Florence Green Bixby Chair in English at …read more

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Assistant / PhD Position in English or American Literature

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The Institute of English Studies at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, is looking to hire a full-time assistant / doctoral student for a four-year teaching and research position, with the possibility of a fifth year. The candidate will be expected to teach between two and four hours a semester, and write a dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Patrick Vincent.


Candidates should have completed an MA degree in English or Comparative Literature, or be near completion. They should have an excellent track record in literary studies and a demonstrated ability to write in English. They should also be highly organized, able to work independently, and passionate about literature.

We especially encourage candidates with a demonstrated research interest in one of the following, or similar areas: the long Romantic period; Wordsworth; Byron; Romantic women writers; 19th century American literature (especially Thoreau and the Transcendentalists); travel literature; cultural exchanges between Great Britain, Europe and America; cultural history of the Alps; literature and political theory; literature and environment; 20th century American poetry.


Half of our assistants’ workload is dedicated to the research and writing of a doctoral thesis. They are required to teach one or two sections of our first-year “Literature and Writing Workshop” per semester …read more

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Romantic Circles Reviews and Receptions

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Romantic Circles Reviews and Receptions is delighted to announce the publication of reviews of no fewer than ten new books – on Romanticism and psychoanalysis, Napoleonic Italy, Irish, Welsh, and English Romanticism, the gothic, and much more besides – along with a roundtable on Romantic scholarship and teaching, Covid-19, and uprising with Carmen Faye Mathes (University of Regina), Rebecca Schneider (University of Colorado Boulder), and Anna Shajirat (Quincy University), hosted by RC R&R editors Alex Gatten (University of Connecticut) and Lenora Hansen (New York University).

Please click here for all of this excellent material.

And should you wish to have your book reviewed in RC R&R, to review a book, or to propose ideas for other kinds of content, then email Ross Wilson (rmw24@cam.ac.uk) in the first instance.

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CFP – Black Studies & Romanticism Virtual Conference

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Sponsored by the Mount Holyoke English Department & the Critical Social Thought Program
June 24-25, 2021

Hortense Spillers suggests that a new “grammar” for thinking and instigating Black liberation from white history is necessary. With this conference we offer a platform, one virtual but intimate, for people interested in seeking what new grammars we in the eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and present centuries need to learn from Black Studies in our period-bound disciplines. Our hope for the conference is that it will address the white power structures that support anti-blackness in the larger world and in the field of Romanticism. Romanticism entails a history of promised but failed revolutions, a history that terrorizes as much as it transforms. While the field has long been shaped by histories and discourses of whiteness and patriarchy, this conference avows and solicits new and ongoing scholarship on race, anti-slavery, abolition, and indigeneity.

In that regard, we hope the conference also continues the conversations about the future, if there is one, of Romanticism. We hope to press forward with conversations about Romanticism and anti-racist studies in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries already underway, to work collaboratively to find new grammars and narratives, and to press mutually on the theoretical foundations of …read more

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On This Day in 1820: What Did Byron Really Look Like?

By Anna Mercer

The BARS ‘On This Day’ Series celebrates the 200th anniversary of literary and historical events of the Romantic period. Want to contribute a future post? Get in touch.

Today we are delighted to share a post co-authored by Geoffrey Bond (former Chairman of the Byron Society) and Christine Kenyon Jones (King’s College London). This post marks 200 years since Byron wrote a letter in October 1820 about the gossip suggesting he had been seen in London when he was actually thousands of miles away. It also celebrates the publication of their new book (click link to get your own copy!): Dangerous to Show: Byron and His Portraits. Enjoy!

On this day in 1820

‘A new ghost story for you’[1]

What did Byron really look like?

In October 1820, in Ravenna, doppelgangers were much on Byron’s mind. His publisher John Murray had told him that someone had just bet 100 guineas that they had seen Byron in London. And this was nothing new. In 1810, Byron told Murray, when he had actually been at Patras, he had apparently been encountered twice in St James’s Street, London by his schoolfellow Robert Peel and his brother — and had also been ‘seen by somebody to write …read more

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London-Paris Romanticism Seminar: Environmental Humanities and Romanticism, Online Event, Friday 23 October 2020


The first event in the 2020-21 series of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will be an online seminar via Zoom on Friday 23 October 2020 at 17.30-19.30 London time (GMT +1). To launch our new programme, we are delighted to be hosting a special panel on Environmental Humanities and Romanticism with two outstanding Romantic scholars. Jeremy Davies (University of Leeds) will speak on the Industrial Revolution, Romantic ecocriticism and periodization, and Fiona Stafford (University of Oxford) will speak on agrarian and rural change and the influence of Robert Burns on environmental attitudes. The titles and abstracts of their papers appear below. Their short presentations will be followed by general discussion conducted on Zoom via the chat text box and ‘raised hands’. The panel will be chaired by Rowan Boyson (King’s College London).

The seminar is free and open to everyone, including postgraduates and members of the public. Prior registration is necessary. To reserve your free place via the Institute of English Studies website, click here. You will provided with full details of how to join the online event.

Jeremy Davies is an associate professor of English at the University of Leeds. His books include The Birth …read more

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New BARS Digital Events Fellow

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By Anna Mercer

The BARS Online Lectures Committee are delighted to announce that Francesca Killoran, a PhD student at the University of York, has been appointed as the BARS Digital Events Fellow. We received many impressive applications and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the applicants for their interest in and support for BARS. We look forward to sharing details of our future virtual events with you very soon! Follow us on Twitter @BARS_Official and on Facebook.

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