Romantic Generations

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The Romantic Studies Association of Australasia (RSAA) is excited to share the line-up for their upcoming online conference Romantic Generations 

8th-11th December

Tune in for sessions showcasing some of the best new research in our region and beyond. Papers will engage the most pressing questions and concerns for our field right now, including the legacies of colonialism, climate change, aesthetic and poetic powers, literature and science, and romantic studies’ relation to Indigenous knowledges. Abstracts, bios, and registration information available via the website.


Nikki Hessell, “Songs of (Settler Moves to) Innocence” 

Tobias Menely: “This Curse Upon Everlasting Generations: Towards a Literary History of Reproductive Crisis” 

Olivia Murphy: “Jane Austen for Modern Living”

Miranda Stanyon (ECR keynote): “Generation Xile: Andromache to Auerbach” 

Registration is free! Just join the RSAA. 

Click here to learn more about the event and RSAA.

Introducing Romanticism: A new Routledge Historical Resources product

Romanticism is an exciting new online platform that brings together the best and most relevant scholarship from Taylor & Francis, its imprints, and its authors.

It is the third offering from the new Routledge Historical Resources online programme that has been created to provide both academics and students with an in-depth research tool for studying the long Nineteenth Century through thematic collections in areas such as Feminism, the History of Economic Thought, Culture and the Arts and Empire, among others.

This resource covers the fascinating subject of British and Irish Romanticism and will focus on the period 1780-1830. It contains an extensive range of primary and secondary resources, including full books, selected chapters, and journal articles, as well as new thematic essays and videos, and subject introductions on its five key structural themes:

·         Critical Concepts

·         Genre

·         History and Politics

·         Culture

·         Modern Critical Approaches

There is a video introduction from the Academic Editors Professor Duncan Wu, Professor John Strachan and Dr Jane Moore in which they introduce the subject of Romanticism and the resource as a whole. The resource also contains an image gallery of photographs and illustrations that can be used in teaching and study.

Our rich metadata at chapter and article level makes searching for the content you need efficient and effective. Users can refine searches by subject, region, period, notable figure and contributor as well as conduct keyword searches.

Click here for more information and a free trial.

Radical Roundtables

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The interdisciplinary nineteenth-century journal, Romance, Revolution and Reform (RRR), warmly invites you to attend Radical Roundtables, a series of virtual discussions on radical nineteenth-century themes, to be held on Wednesday 19th January 2022.

Romanticists may be interested in the following two roundtables in particular:

12.30-1.30pm: From Palmares to Pantisocracy: Unrecognised Models in the Romantic Political Imagination


Dr Valentina Aparicio (Queen Mary)

Rory Edgington (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Sarah Copsey Alsader (Kent)

Chair: Professor Stephen Bygrave (Southampton)

You can find out more about the discussion topic and register to attend on Eventbrite here

2-3pm: Radical Working-Class Poetry in the Romantic Period


Prof Robert Poole (UCLan)

Dr Alison Morgan (Warwick)

Dr Oskar Cox Jensen (UEA)

Chair: John Blackmore (Exeter)

You can find out more about the event and register to attend on Eventbrite here.

We hope to see you there in January!

Midwinter Keats

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The Keats Foundation is delighted to present a short programme of lectures and talks on Zoom, as a trailer for the resumption of events in 2022. The seminar will start at 1500, UK time on 8 January 2022, with the following speakers: 

Dr. Daniel Johnson (University of Notre Dame)

Prof. Greg Kucich (University of Notre Dame)

Prof. Beth Lau (California State University, Long Beach)

Winifred Liu (University of St Andrews)

Prof. Fiona Stafford (University of Oxford)

Prof. Susan Wolfson (Princeton University)

Free tickets are available here.

Stephen Copley Research Report: Jordan Welsh in Oxford

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The next deadline for applying for a Copley Award is 15 December. Please see details of how to apply here.

The following report is by Jordan Welsh, PhD Candidate at the University of Essex.

The prospect of any research trip during the COVID-19 pandemic seemed like a distant dream back in February 2021 when I was awarded the Stephen Copley Research Award. I had proposed to use the award to travel to Oxford in order to undertake research at various sites across the University and the city. My PhD thesis focuses on the Romantic and Victorian periods, with a particular emphasis on nature and religion in the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Christina Rossetti, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. My trip to Oxford was an attempt to understand more about the High Anglican Oxford Movement who I have been using to tie my three central writers together. 

After much waiting and a lot of email exchanges, I was granted permission to access the archives of Keble College. The college’s collection provide a wealth of papers, letters and documents relating not just to John Keble (one of the key figures of the Oxford Movement) but also other significant individuals including John Henry Newman, Edward Pusey, Isaac Williams, and Richard Froude. In fact, I was only the second person to have been allowed into Keble’s archives after it had been shut to visitors for a number of months due to the pandemic. 

It was exciting to find in the archives two letters written by William Wordsworth, and whose handwriting was much clearer to read than Keble’s! Curiously, a letter from Keble during a visit to the Lake District provided a completely new perspective for my research as it showed that Keble and Wordsworth had met in person much earlier than I had originally thought. Another letter showed how Keble visited members of the Coleridge family in Ottery St Mary following the death of their elderly aunt. Keble was a close friend of the family, particularly John Taylor Coleridge (nephew of STC) who would go on to write a memoir about Keble in 1869.

Two letters from 1832 are written to Keble from Robert Southey who by this point was the Poet Laureate. The letters consider the threat from the establishment on the church as well as lavishing praise on Keble’s poetry collection The Christian Year (originally published in 1827) which was a popular publication and a best seller. Further letters also showed how Keble was consulted about the wording of the Wordsworth Memorial at Grasmere Church, which itself was a translation of the Latin oration given by Keble when Wordsworth received an honorary degree from Oxford in 1839. 

I also visited the University Church of St Mary from where Keble and Newman (and others) gave the sermons and talks that defined the High Church Oxford Movement. I was particularly interested to see that the guidebook and historical information in the church still refer to the pulpit as “Newman’s Pulpit.” It was from the same church a hundred years earlier that John Wesley had preached several sermons, including one that criticised the spiritually apathy of some of the University’s members.

In addition to joining the Bodleian Library, I also made a point of visiting the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The neo-gothic building blends the influences of science, art, architecture and arguably religion too. It was here that a debate took place in 1860 on the topic of evolution headed by the biologist Thomas Huxley and Samuel Wilberforce, the Bishop of Oxford. A highly significant debate, it was but one of the many conflicts and controversies surrounding the position and importance of religion that occurred in Oxford during the nineteenth century.

My five-day trip to Oxford proved to be so valuable to my thesis and has provided a wealth of material and information for me to process and write about. I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to BARS and the Stephen Copley Research Bursary. The entire prospect of travelling, being in an archive, and visiting museums still feels like a huge novelty and I am extremely grateful for the support I was given and encourage others to apply for this wonderful funding opportunity. 

– Jordan Welsh (University of Essex)

Coleridge Conference 2022. 25-29 July at Kilve Court.

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 The Coleridge Conference is back – in time for the 250th anniversary of STC’s birth year, and in Somerset, where, in that annus mirabilis 1797-98, he was living alongside William and Dorothy Wordsworth, writing ‘The Ancient Mariner’ and ‘Frost at Midnight’, and welcoming as visitors John Thelwall, William Hazlitt, Charles Lamb and Thomas Wedgwood.   

Our venue, Kilve Court, is the Georgian country house with ‘broad and gilded vane’ that is mentioned in ‘Anecdote for Fathers’. Its wooded grounds are ideal for strolling between papers or after the conference dinner and bar.  They nestle under the Quantock hills and near the ‘smooth shore, by the green sea’. Holford Combe and Alfoxden House are nearby, and we shall walk there in Coleridge’s footsteps.

As usual, we aim for intense but informal discussion – genial criticism indeed – whether in the lecture hall, the dining room, on the green lawns or in the The Hood Arms, the seventeenth-century inn just across the road.  

 Proposals are welcomed for 20 minute papers (the majority of which will be plenary) on all aspects of Coleridge and/or his circle, then and since.  Some will be published in the 250th anniversary number of The Coleridge Bulletin.

 Cost will be in the region of £390/$540.   There will be some part-cost bursaries for grad students and the unwaged.

 Send your paper proposal to AND TO


Tim Fulford

Conference Director

#Shelley200 – Interview with Sharon Ruston

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In the fourth in our series of #Shelley200 interviews, Shelley Conference Postgraduate Helper, Laura Blunsden, speaks with Shelley Conference advisor, Professor Sharon Ruston, about her first encounters with Shelley, science, radicalism, and scandal in the Shelley circle, Shelley and Humphrey Davy, and much more. Watch the interview here.

Also see our Call for Papers here!

BARS Digital Events – Zany Romanticism, Online Roundtable, 18 November 2021, 17.00-18.30

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The first event in our new season of BARS Digital Events 2021-22. As the field of Romanticism in the past few decades has broadened to allow more comedy into understandings of it, we believe it’s time for an increasing sophistication in our attention to comedy, including to its particular manifestations and embodiments, including in the zany. Building on the work of other scholars who’ve illuminated our sense of Romantic satire, theater, and other comic writing, this roundtable will focus on Zany Romanticism drawing greater attention to the ways that Romantic writers understand aesthetic production as a tense commingling of “artful play” and “affective labor.” More broadly, a commitment to examining Zany Romanticism helps bring into greater view more of the period’s various “beset agents” and their forms of often ignored or unrecognized labor.

Our speakers will be Brian Rejack (Illinois State), Rebecca Schneider (Fort Lewis College), Kate Singer (Mount Holyoke), and Michael Theune (Illinois Wesleyan University).

Book your tickets on Eventbrite here

#Shelley200: Shelleyan Fragments, Online Talk, 29 November 2021

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This free roundtable event, to be held on Zoom, gathers a distinguished line-up of Shelley scholars and editors to discuss Percy Bysshe Shelley’s textual fragments and legacy ahead of the 2022 Shelley Conference in London.

The speakers at the event will include Carlene Adamson, Nora Crook, Mathelinda Nabugodi, and Alan Weinberg. Following a stimulating roundtable discussion, the audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A session. This event will also be recorded and shared online, welcoming further discussion.

Click here to book your tickets on Eventbrite.

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