Welcome to BARS

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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Teaching Romanticism

Many of the members of BARS are involved in teaching Romantic-period topics in universities and other institutions of education. In 2005 and 2006, Sharon Ruston conducted a survey in association with the English Studies Centre in London in order to discover which authors and topics were being taught, what methods were being employed and how academics understood the relationship between teaching and research. The results of this survey can be viewed in a number of forms: a summary report in .doc format, a detailed Powerpoint presentation, with hyperlinks to .doc format supplements and an online survey summary presenting the data gathered.

BARS also maintains lists of Centres for Romanticism and universities which offer taught Master's Degrees in Romanticism and related areas. The Website Editor would be happy to add new entries to these.

Those interested in teaching the Romantic period will find a range of rich resources in the Romantic Circles Pedagogies section.