Roehampton Research Seminar, 9 December 2020 1-2pm

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By Dr Fallon

‘From Fetters to Letters: Illustration and Black Empowerment in the Romantic period’

Fuseli, Henry; Johnson, Joseph; Raimbach, Abraham; Poems by William Cowper, London 1808, vol.I, facing p.375; The Negro Revenged;

Credit line: (c) Royal Academy of Arts

English and Creative Writing Research Seminars: Autumn 2020

Wednesday 9 December 1-2pm

Ian Haywood and David Fallon

‘From Fetters to Letters: Illustration and black empowerment in the Romantic period’

Passcode: 664084

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Bursaries for the 2021 Student Byron Conference

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The Byron Society (@byron_society) are excited to announce 3 bursaries for £500.00 each for students and ECRs enrolled at UK universities to attend the 2021 Student Byron Conference in Messolonghi.

Conference Title: Byron, Philhellenism and the Greek Revolution of 1821

Conference Dates: 26-31 May 2021, Athens and Messolonghi

For details of the Conference and the CFP, click here.

Bursary Application Requirements:

  • Applicants to this bursary must have a paper accepted for this event.
  • Applicants are only eligible if they are enrolled at UK universities at the time of application
  • Applicants must mention if they are receiving additional funding to attend this event

Please send details of your accepted paper, together with referee details, to Dr Emily Paterson Morgan (

Bursary applications must be submitted by the 10th of April 2021.

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Dreaming Romantic Europe 1&2 and RÊVE: lessons learned

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Monday, 7th December at 14:00 (GMT)

The Digital Humanities at The Open University research collaboration (DH_OU) is pleased to announce the next event in its 2020/21 seminar series.

Speaker: Nicola Watson (English and Creative Writing), The Open University

Please register via the Eventbrite link below by 4th December and join us on 7th December at 14:00 (GMT).

Nicola Watson will be talking about her AHRC-funded project DREAMing Romantic Europe (2018-2020), the network of museums and scholars that it developed, and its core collaborative project, the building of an online exhibition, RÊVE (Romantic Europe: The Virtual Exhibition), comprising some 100 exhibits drawn from collections devoted to Romanticism across Europe. Her presentation will provide a brief introduction to the project as a whole, with some more detailed discussion of the digital aspects of the project and of the current follow-on bid, discussing in particular the challenges of creating pan-European museum/gallery buy-in before the pandemic, the changing tone of the conversation as a result of the pandemic, and the problems of securing funding for this sort of digital project.

A specialist in Romanticism, Nicola Watson holds a chair in English Literature at the OU, and over the last fifteen years has largely created and defined the …read more


BARS Digital Events: ‘Digital Editions in Romantic Studies’ Recording Now Online

By Anna Mercer

The second session of our new Digital Events programme is now available to watch on YouTube!

Thank you to everyone who joined us over Zoom for this event.

about the speakers here.

Professor Lynda Pratt, Dr. Sophie Coulombeau, Dr. Corrina Readioff, and Ben Wilkinson-Turnbull presented on the topic of ‘Digital Editions in Romantic Studies’. The event was chaired by BARS President, Professor Anthony Mandal.

Book your ticket for our next event, ‘Digital Teaching in Romantic Studies’, here.

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Queen Caroline in Caricature -November 1820

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By Dr Fallon

Ian Haywood
University of Roehampton

Figure 1: Boadicea, Queen of Britain, Overthrowing Her Enemies (John Fairburn, November 1820). British Museum.

On 6 November 1820, the House of Lords finally delivered its verdict on Queen Caroline’s alleged crime of adultery. It came as no surprise that she was found guilty, but the margin of victory was slender: a mere 28 votes. The Times was openly contemptuous of the Lords, declaring that ‘the country laughs at their disappointment’ and ‘sympathizes’ with Caroline’s ‘imperfect triumph’ (7 November). Within days the government of Lord Liverpool dropped its case, fearful that it would be defeated in the House of Commons, and perhaps mindful that the king could be impeached for his illegal first marriage. The country erupted into a frenzy of celebrations at ‘the death of the Bill’ (Examiner, 12 November). November was Caroline’s mensis mirabilis: across the land the people expressed their joy, organising festivities, processions, marches, bell ringings, fireworks, gun salutes and occasional outbreaks of intimidation and disorder.[1] London was transformed into a spectacle of people power and triumphal public opinion.

Amidst the carnival atmosphere, two days in particular merit special attention for their grandeur and visual prowess. On 11 November, central London was illuminated, and …read more


Five Questions: Emily Stanback on The Wordsworth-Coleridge Circle and the Aesthetics of Disability

By Matthew Sangster

Emily Stanback is Associate Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her principal research interests include British Romantic literature; disability studies; memorialisation; pedagogy; and the histories of science and medicine. Her first monograph, The Wordsworth-Coleridge Circle and the Aesthetics of Disability, which we discuss below, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2017 as one of the first titles in the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine series.

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