Online seminar: Matthew Ward (University of Birmingham): ‘Burns, Satan, and the Sin of Rhyme’
Wednesday 27th January, 17.30-18.45pm (GMT)
The Midlands Romantic Seminar is moving online for a series of talks in 2021.
You are warmly invited to the first of this year’s digital Midlands Romantic Seminar events. Matthew Ward (University of Birmingham) will deliver a paper on ‘Burns, Satan, and the Sin of Rhyme’ (especially fitting as the seminar falls in the same week as Burns Night!). There will also be a short Q&A after the talk.
Matthew Ward’s talk will consider the ways that two of the chief influences on Burns’s creative life, the satanic and the sexual, are bedfellows and reveal Romantic ribaldry. Both sources of inspiration were discovered in his youth; both appear as mysterious, uncontrollable impulses that are not only depicted with humour but also suggest that, for Burns, comedy is drawn from and aligned with transgressive powers that are instinct with the making of poetry. Burns’s comic demonic is crucial to appreciating the distinctive character of his writing, but it also allows us to better appreciate the ways in which the ridiculous is aligned with the Romantic. Burns was no ‘Heaven-taught ploughman’ as we know. Though he …read more
Postgraduates and early career scholars working in the area of Romanticism are invited to apply for a Stephen Copley Research Award. The BARS Executive Committee has established the bursaries in order to help fund research expenses up to a maximum of £500. Expenses may include but are not limited to the cost of travel and accommodation related to archival or research-focused trips, as well as photocopying, scanning, and childcare. A postgraduate must be enrolled on a doctoral programme in the UK; an early career scholar is defined as someone who holds a PhD (from the UK) but has not held a permanent academic post for more than three years by the application deadline. Application for the awards is competitive, and cannot be made retrospectively.
Successful applicants must be members of BARS before taking up the award. The names of recipients will be announced on the BARS website and social media, and successful applicants will be asked to submit a short report to the BARS Executive Committee within four weeks of the completion of the research trip and to acknowledge BARS in their doctoral thesis and/or any publication. Reports may also be published on the BARS …read more
Romantic Sounds is an experiment in ways of engaging online publics, both immediately with the virtual exhibition of RÊVE (Romantic Europe: The Virtual Exhibition), and, in the longer term, with the collections of the museums gathered together within the AHRC-funded DREAMing Romantic Europe network. It was inspired by the sense under the lockdown of 2020 that Romantic object and place were revealing themselves to be as much virtual as material. Perhaps the affect that the material heritage of Romanticism still exerts could be voiced in that most Romantically virtual of the arts, music. So DREAM, with additional funding from The Open University, commissioned 7 early-career composers and 14 early-career performers to conceive and put together this suite under the challenging conditions of COVID-19 restrictions. Each composer was given free rein to explore the exhibition, shortlisting a couple of exhibits to work with; from that list 9 exhibits were selected to showcase a range of materialities. Like RÊVE itself, therefore, this suite is in conception an experimental conversation between individually-authored components, and until it was put together in its entirety it was not clear what each piece might have to say to the others, how they might end up …read more
This is an exciting position for a postdoctoral researcher to shift Romantic Studies from the sublime to the ridiculous, working with the Principal Investigator to investigate an alternative collaborative ethos in the Romantic period and in Higher Education today.
The postdoctoral researcher will explore possibilities for collaborative authorship with the principal investigator in different forms, including a co-authored article on this Research Question – How have Romantic-period writers and Romanticism itself been represented as ridiculous? – and an experimental duograph on The Romantic Ridiculous. The postdoctoral researcher would conduct their own research in one of the following areas:
• Representations of the Romantic child from the nineteenth century to the present day
• Women’s writing and/or children’s literature and aesthetics
• Romantic legacies, particularly in children’s literature, satire/caricature, and/or music
The project’s Impact elements will be collaborative, edging towards co-production, building on an existing track record of collaboration with partner cultural institutions. The postdoctoral researcher and principal investigator will work with groups of A-level students in collaboration with Windermere Jetty and the Grasmere Trust to develop a travelling exhibition on ‘Ridiculous Romantics’.
For more details about this job, visit the Edgehill website and view the job postinghere
Guest Editors: Dr Yi-cheng Weng (National Taiwan University, Taiwan) Dr Gillian Dow (University of Southampton, UK)
The previous decades have seen the publications of stimulating and ground-breaking works that seek to recuperate and reconsider British women writers of this period. Literary criticism and feminist literary history have celebrated the existence and achievement of women writers, and shown that they were crucial participants in facilitating changes, transitions, and innovations in social and cultural movements, as well as literary styles.
This special issue, the first to focus on women’s writing in The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture, is scheduled to be published in June 2023. We invite essays of 6000-10000 words, that explore the diversity of women’s writing in the latter half of the long eighteenth century, when – in Britain at any rate – women writers were entering the literary marketplace in increasing numbers. Inspired by past scholarship on women’s writing, and especially narratives about women’s roles as negotiators and innovators that have consistently shaped our understanding of their work, the editors are keen to take advantage of the internationally collaborative nature of this special issue. We seek papers that explore perspectives on how women writers engaged in conversations about questions of politics, gender, …read more
It’s a few days ahead of 25th December, we know… but we wanted to sharewith you this special‘On This Day’ Christmas post by Dr Anna Fancett so you have time to enjoy it in the lead up to the holiday break. In the post, Fancett explores how an idea delivered to Walter Scott on Christmas day 200 years ago inspired his 1821 novel The Pirate – and also discusses the contemporary reception of the novel.
Of all the things that can be given on Christmas Day, perhaps an idea is the most intriguing. On the 25thDecember 1820, Walter Scott received, not a gift-wrapped parcel but a letter from his publisher, Constable. The letter contained an idea:
‘If you have not already resolved, might I presume to hint at a subject for the next, or for the Succeeding Work? ‘The Bucanier’ is I think un-occupied ground–three of [the] Regicides if I mistake not went to New England after the …read more
Thank you to everyone who joined us over Zoom for this event!
Good news – we have even more events coming up in 2021, courtesy of our wonderful members and followers who submitted a selection of excellent proposals. and book your tickets in advance here.
On 10 December, we hosted a roundtable discussion between Dr Emma Butcher, Dr Daniel Cook, Dr Stephen Gregg, and Dr Joanna Taylor, chaired by Dr Matthew Sangster. During the session, our guests discussed pedagogy and teaching styles for online learning, challenges they’ve encountered with teaching online, innovative and effective online teaching methods, and much more.
about the speakers for this event here.
See all the posts related to the BARS Digital Event Series (including recordings from our first and second events) here.
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The Year’s Work in English Studies is seeking one or two individuals to fulfil the role of contributor for ‘The Novel’ section of Chapter XII, ‘Literature 1780–1830: The Romantic Period’. The role would involve reading all scholarly literature published on the Romantic Novel in the preceding year and summarising this into a comprehensive document for publication. Please click here for an example. More information about The Year’s Work in English Studies can be found here.
The role is to start in 2021. Payment for the role is offered at the rate of £8 per page of a contributor’s final copy and contributors are able to order and keep all books reviewed at no personal cost. This role would suit a PGR or ECR student whose research is concerned with the Romantic novel.
If you are interested in this role, or would like to know more, please contact the editor of Chapter XII, Dr. Katherine Halsey, at email@example.com. The deadline for expressing interest is January 31 2021.
We can now share with you the details of the forthcoming events for 2021, curated and designed by those who submitted proposals to our call. We want the BARS Digital Events Series to be shaped by our members and to speak to the needs and concerns of those involved in Romantic Studies right now.
Here are some dates for your diary – more comprehensive descriptions will be shared ahead of specific events.
View all posts relating to the BARS Digital Event Series (including links to recordings) on the BARS Blog here.
Please note all times listed hereare UK time (GMT/BST)