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The British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) was set up in 1989 by academics to promote the study of the cultural history of the Romantic period. Since then, BARS has organised biennial International Conferences at various locations across the UK, has published the BARS Bulletin and Review twice-yearly, and currently has more than 400 members.

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BARS Postgraduates Day Conference: Romantic Performances - 2nd November 2002

Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York

Don't forget that this year the BARS Postgraduate Conference will be held on Saturday 2nd November at the University of York in the King's Manor, a historic building in the centre of the city and home to the University's Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies. This one-day conference aims to bring postgraduates and staff together from across the UK and around the globe in order to share thoughts on life as a postgraduate Romanticist and discuss a range of ideas generated by the theme of 'Romantic Performances.' Interpreting the conference theme liberally, papers will be concerned with a wide range of literary texts, from dramas to lyrics, newspapers to diaries, and an interdisciplinary approach is encouraged.

Some of the specific topics to be addressed include:

Society and tragic form
Theatrical biography in the nineteenth-century periodical
The performance of selfhood
Dramatic spectacle on the stage and in the Royal Academy exhibition space
The theatricality of the radical press
Musico-dramatic tropes in dramatic poetry
The Byronic Hero
The relation between canonical writers and the popular theatre
Stage silence and the dramatisation of thought
Shakespeare and the Romantic critic
The day will conclude with an open discussion of the themes of the conference and, after the close of the conference, the University of York CECS Postgraduate Group will host a social gathering, which all delegates are warmly encouraged to attend.

Further details and registration forms are available at http:www.york.ac.uk/inst/cecs. For more information, please contact James Disley, Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York ,King's Manor, York YO1 2EP, or email jd154@york.ac.uk