BARS First Book Prize 2022-23: Call for Panel Members  

Deadline: 24 February 2023 

Send your EoI to the BARS Secretary, Jennifer Orr (, and any questions to the BARS President, Anthony Mandal ( 

We are looking to fill two roles on this year’s panel: Panel Chair and Reader. The Book Prize is awarded biennially for the best debut monograph in Romantic Studies and is open to first books published between 1 January 2021 and 1 January 2023.  

The incoming Chair will be invited to attend the BARS Spring Executive meeting (online) at the end of March where the committee timeline will be established. 

Please send a short expression of interest along with your CV. Applications from Early Career Researchers to the Reader role are particularly welcomed.  

Query: The Letters of Thomas De Quincey

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Dear everyone,

I am editing the letters of De Quincey, forthcoming in two volumes with OUP. I have conducted an extensive search of online manuscript catalogues, auction house catalogues, bookseller catalogues, and so on. I have found De Quincey letters in several of the major archives in the UK and US, as well as in places ranging from the Maine Historical Society to the Auckland City Libraries. 

I am writing now to ask if anyone knows of De Quincey letters that might be in uncatalogued manuscript collections, or in Asian or European archives, or that, for one reason or another, might not turn up in the kinds of searches I have done so far.

I am especially interested in letters that are in private hands. There is, for example, a collection of thirty-seven unpublished De Quincey letters to his publisher William Tait, dated from 20 February 1838 through 15 August 1846. These letters were in private hands in 1941 and, as far as I have been able to determine, they are still in private hands. For more details, please see Claude E. Jones, ‘Some De Quincey Manuscripts’ in ELH, 8.3 (1941), p. 216.

Any information or leads would be very welcome. Thank you very much your assistance.

With best wishes,


Robert Morrison

British Academy Global Professor

Bath Spa University

HWA Crown Awards 2020: The Regency Revolution (London: Atlantic, 2019)

Thomas De Quincey: Selected Writings (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019)

CFP and Registration: The Wordsworths: An Early Spring Symposium

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Presented by the Wordsworth Conference Foundation

Hosted at Dove Cottage, Grasmere and the Jerwood Library

2-4 March 2023

Please email a paper proposal of 200-250 words, with a title and outline of your proposed presentation, to to arrive by 1 February 2023, 12 noon UK time at the latest. We are particularly keen to attract papers from postgraduate, post-doctoral students and early career academics. Topics may include any aspects of the Wordsworths’ writings, lives, times, and contexts.

8 bursaries of £250 are available to postgraduates and early career post docs, on presentation of a single academic reference to support their paper presentation.

The registration for the Symposium is £130 per person.
To register, please fill out the attached form and return it to

Inventions of the Text: Professor Jeffrey N. Cox, 15 March 2023

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Session 4, 2022-23

15th March 2023, 17.30 UK time. DATE CHANGED DUE TO STRIKE ACTION (Please disregard date on poster).

Prof Jeffrey N Cox, University of Colorado Boulder will be talking to us:

Wordsworth’s The Borderers: Early and Late


While we have, with good reason, been interested in The Borderers for what it tells us about Wordsworth’s intellectual and aesthetic development as a poet at its point of composition, I will be interested in thinking about it, first, in relation to the drama and theater of the 1790s and second, as a cultural act in 1842, as Wordsworth seeks to define his place one more time on the literary scene. Wordsworth’s sole tragedy, while written in the late 1790s, did not appear until 1842, in his last volume of new poetry, Poems, Chiefly of Early and Late Years; including the Borderers, A Tragedy. Supporting my view is the back matter of the collection. There are two series of advertisements: one for the other six volumes in the newest edition of Wordsworth’s poetry and the other for his publisher’s Edward Moxon’s “Dramatic Library” which includes plays by key playwrights from Shakespeare to Congreve, with the editors spanning the romantic movement from Thomas Campbell to Leigh Hunt to Hartley Coleridge. One set of these print paratexts places Wordsworth’s play within his life’s work, but another group relates the play to the dramatic tradition from Early Modern to the romantic periods.

About Prof JN Cox:

Professor Jeffrey N Cox, Distinguished Professor of the Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. His latest book William Wordsworth: Second Generation Romantic (CUP, 2021) was awarded the Marylin Gaull award from Wordsworth-Coleridge Association.

For a detailed overview of Prof JN Cox’s research and expertise, please visit:

Register here (link to


Registration is free and links to the Zoom meeting will be sent to the registered email address shortly before the event. Thank you and look forward to meeting everyone on February 1st.


Inventions of the Text,

Department of English Studies,

Durham University

Vision of Judgement Zoom Reading: 22 January 2023

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The Vision of Judgment

by Lord Byron

Dozens of readers, one diabolically divine poem!

Have you ever wondered whether George III is whiling away infinity in heaven or in hell—and how he got wherever he is? You now have the chance to find out. Following the international amusements of a group Zoom reading of The Eve of St. Agnes last January and The Mask of Anarchy this past August, a reading of The Vision of Judgment by 53 readers is coming up on Sunday, January 22nd (Byron’s 235th birthday!), at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. If you would like to get on the attendance list, please contact Alice Levine ( or Susan Wolfson ( The link will be sent to you the day before the event.

Hoping to see you there!

Alice Levine (The Byron Society of America)

Susan Wolfson (Princeton University)

John Bugg (The Fordham Romantics Group)

CFP: The Routledge Companion to Drag

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We are currently looking for contributions to The Routledge Companion to Drag, a volume that will  provide an accessible reference work to drag.  This is an area which has garnered much attention through the popularity of TV series such as RuPaul’s Drag Race and Pose. The Routledge Companion to Drag is a long over-due response to the popularity of drag cultures, providing detailed critical insights to the world of drag that goes beyond the narrow version of the glitz and glamour on TV screens. The volume will signal a major new direction for a form that has become cultural currency in the media and, more recently, of growing importance for the academy. 

The Routledge Companion to Drag will be a comprehensive reference work on the multi-limbed topic of drag. The volume connects contemporary concerns around identity and intersectionality to the field of drag studies, including essays on race and ethnicity, disability, class – areas that reflect the current cultural backdrop and social activism of today’s potential readers. The international and interdisciplinary focus will lay out the field in such a way that it includes both mainstream, non-mainstream, established and emergent practices and cultures.

The editors of The Routledge Companion to Drag, Mark Edward, Stephen Farrier, and Garjan Sterk, aim to create and widely disseminate a collection of trans/interdisciplinary scholarly papers on drag across a wide range of subject areas. 

We therefore call upon drag academics, drag practitioner-researchers, drag activists, drag performers, drag fans, and cultural theorists, gender studies scholars, critical race scholars, historians etc. working on/researching drag to contribute to this collection.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest in areas such as: 

  • drag histories,
  • street and activist drag agendas,
  • underexplored ball culture and drag,
  • drag cultures in popular culture, 
  • the contemporary and historical diversity of drag, drag kings/queens to sissies, AFAB queens/kings, post/alt-drag, trad drag and non-binary and trans drag, drag that exceeds our current understanding of drag,
  • popular drag cultures and class,
  • drag and disability and ableism,
  • drag and gender: awkward bedfellows? 
  • drag and race,
  • drag and colonialism – the colonial in drag practice,
  • drag and fashion.

If your preference and expertise is to write on another topic, please feel free to send us an email about your idea.

We seek authors who can write on drag practices beyond the global North, to include work from Oceania, Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are looking for contributions that explore, critique and celebrate drag in its local contexts and historical specificity. 

The Routledge Companion to Drag will be around 54 contributions. Each of them will be around 6,000 words in length and form a coherent, carefully focused entity. The various chapters will be clustered in cohesive parts, each preceded with an introduction to that specific field. 


If you are interested, could you please confirm your intention to contribute to The Routledge Companion to Drag before 30 January 2023

We would expect an abstract (300 words max) and a bio (200 words max) by 30 March  2023.

Your abstract should provide the following information:

  1. your name, postal address, email address, and contact telephone number 
  2. your institutional affiliation (if applicable) and ORCID-number (if you have one)

Please e-mail your abstract and bio in a Word file titled: [last name].CompanionToDrag

Send the file and possible questions to:

We will inform you about acceptance by the end of May 2023

We expect the full chapters around 1 December 2023

>> Please notify us if you have trouble meeting these dates. There is some leeway.

The Routledge Companion to Drag is expected to be launched in hard back, digital form and eventually paperback in the Spring of 2024.

CFP: ‘(Re) Imagining Value’: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

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26 May 2023, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Keynote speakers: Professor Nicky Marsh (University of Southampton) and Professor Paul Crosthwaite (University of Edinburgh)

The Economic Humanities Network for the Newcastle University Humanities Research Institute (NUHRI) invites proposals for a one-day interdisciplinary symposium to be held on 26 May 2023.

The theme of the symposium investigates the role of value within the emerging field of economic humanities, which brings together researchers who identify a reciprocal relationship between the arts and social sciences. Recent scholarship within this field has interrogated the cultural metamorphosis through which economics was divested of the humanitarian concerns that were crucial to its Enlightenment origins, and became aligned with the ‘dismal’ pursuit of profit. By forging dialogues between literature, history, business studies, law, philosophy, politics and beyond, our network explores how economics shares with the humanities a view that individuals are motivated by desire, imagination and creativity, as well as considers how this perspective transforms how we understand value today. The symposium opens up discussions about what value means in an era driven by capitalism and post-pandemic recovery. We are particularly interested in the way that value measures what is ‘useful’, yet remains an enigma that evolves with the spirit of its age. 

Ranging across the higher education and public sectors in their areas of specialisation, our keynote and guest speakers will address how the theme of value not only informs their work, but is also shaped by the disciplinary or critical lens through which it is studied. This methodology will provide delegates with an opportunity to reflect upon the benefits and challenges of defining value in their own research. Accordingly, we invite proposals for papers which broadly consider how value is imagined and reimagined across a range of scholarly fields and historical periods.
Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Imagining value then and now: shifting linguistic or historical terms
  • The public arena: visions of value in institutions and/or government 
  • Depictions of value in music, the visual arts, film, theatre, and performance
  • The representation of value through literary forms: prose, poetry, periodical, and pamphlet
  • Value in the market: finance, economics, and trade
  • Demonetising value: morality, relationships, and wellbeing
  • The evolution of value: scientific discovery and medical advances
  • Value at the margins: gender, class, race, and sexuality
  • Conserving value: museum and heritage studies
  • Religious values: faith, fanaticism, and revelation
  • Reading in new ways: approaching value across disciplinary lines
  • Dialogues of value: collaborations with industry, education and policy makers

Abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute papers should be submitted to by 1 April 2023. Informal queries may be sent to the Economic Humanities Project Lead, Dr Leanne Stokoe (

The symposium is generously supported by a NUHRI Pioneer Award, and will therefore be free to attend. We are delighted to be able to offer a number of travel bursaries for postgraduates and unwaged speakers. Please indicate in your abstract if you would like to be considered for a bursary.
For more information please visit the NUHRI website:

Artist Micro-Commissions Wordsworth Grasmere

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Job opportunities – Wordsworth Grasmere

The closing date is Monday 6 February 2023 at 9AM (GMT). We would like to commission three artists for £1,000 each to give a creative response to William Wordsworth’s Guide to the Lakes.

We are very open as to what form the final piece will take: it could be a physical or digital drawing, painting, photograph, film, story, musical piece, or something else. We would like the creative piece to be accessible and enjoyed by our audiences.  Depending on their final form, we would like to display the three final pieces physically at Wordsworth Grasmere and/or online.

We envision that the project will begin in February 2023, and ask that the selected artists be in a position to complete their work by the end of March 2023. To apply you must be over 18 years old and based in the UK. We envision that the commission can be completed remotely, with the final artwork sent to us physically and/or digitally.

CFP: Jane Austen and the Making of Regency Whiteness

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Editors: Kerry Sinanan , University of Texas at San Antonio and Mariam Wassif, Carnegie Mellon University.  

For review with SUNY Press, Long Nineteenth Century Series 

Jane Austen and the Making of Regency Whiteness unsettles Austen criticism to re-examine her  novels’ centrality to forging whiteness in the eighteenth century. This “whiteness  project” (Gerald Horne) is reproduced by Austen cultures, afterlives, and adaptations, with global  ramifications. This volume gathers essays from scholars working at the intersections of Critical  Race and Black Studies, Indigenous methodologies, and Postcolonial theory, to argue that  Austen’s novels are fundamentally about making white, Anglo subjects of empire who are  located in a specific historical period. The Regency whiteness produced in the novels continues  to have a huge impact and desirability as Austen is exported, reproduced, and consumed globally.  The volume will show that it is specifically the making of Regency white people that has granted  Austen her global, iconic status today.  

While Edward Said and more recent postcolonial critics have long argued that Austen and  empire are interwoven, what has not yet been fully discussed is the powerful race-making work  that Austen’s novels perform and the global significance of this work in forging white  subjectivity as universal. Austen’s cultural force is part of the assimilationist, universalizing  territorial and cultural conquest of the British empire, promulgating a myth of “originality” that  enables a sweeping universal signifying of Regency whiteness as a desired norm. Jane Austen  and the Making of Regency Whiteness understands Austen as Shakespeare’s heir in this making  of the white, Anglo subject who comes to stand in for the universal human (see White People in  Shakespeare ed. Arthur Little). In Mansfield Park (1816) Henry Crawford declares,  “Shakespeare one gets acquainted with without knowing how. It is part of an Englishman’s  constitution.” Austen draws frequently on the works of Shakespeare and Milton to create a  cultural-moral center at the heart of her works: reading shapes her heroines’ inner virtue and  social sensibilities, as well as those of her male characters. It forges them as white “English”  people. This volume focuses on how culturally and historically contextualized whiteness in the  novels has been mobilized, transhistorically and transgeographically, to signify on a global scale. 

Austen’s novels produce norms of romance, satire, and comedy which are codified and  disseminated as universal, when in fact these modes, and the morals they espouse, understood to  be central to “literature,” are coterminous with British imperial expansion and settler  colonialism. While some adaptations and fandom practices contest this whiteness, many of them  reproduce it.  

We invite a broad range of contributors from both inside and outside of the academy to  ensure that the collection has relevance for instructors, scholars, students, fans of Austen, social  media enthusiasts, and those in the heritage and adaptation industries.  

This project has been invited for review by SUNY Press for the Studies in the Long  Nineteenth Century series. Please send abstracts of 500 words by 1 April to  kerry.sinanan@utsa.ed and  

Topics may include: 

Milton and Whiteness in Austen  

Shakespeare and Whiteness in Austen  

Muslin and Cotton  

Hindutva and Austen  

Men of Empire and Austen  

Challenging whiteness in Austen in inclusive fandoms and adaptations  

White women, Romance and Austen  

Embroidery and white femininity  

Chastity and white femininity  

Women’s wit and whiteness  

Landed property as whiteness in Austen  

Classical Culture and whiteness  

Geographies of Whiteness in Austen  

Austen at the Borderlands  

Money, empire, and whiteness in Austen  

Protestantism, Austen and Empire  

Fashion, whiteness and Austen  

Art, materiality and the making of Regency whiteness  

Slavery and racial capital in making Regency whiteness  

The music of Regency whiteness in Austen  

National Trust and Heritage cultures of whiteness  

Austen and the Landed gentry  

Class and Whiteness in Austen  

Racism and Whiteness in Austen Fandoms  

Online Seminar, 18 January 2023: Literature and the Sea

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The University of Birmingham’s Nineteenth-Century Centre’s (19CC) Online Work-in-Progress Seminar Series

Please join us online at 5pm on Wednesday 18th January for a work-in-progress seminar focused on literature at sea. Our two speakers will explore questions of migration, belonging, and rootedness as they examine the flora and fauna of the deep. This session will be of particular interest to anyone working in literature and ecology, oceanic studies, and the environmental humanities. Titles and abstracts are below; to join the session simply follow the link. Attendees will be placed in a waiting room and admitted just before the start of the session; they’ll be muted on entry.

Topic: 19CC Work-in-Progress Seminar

Time: Jan 18, 2023, 5:00 PM London

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Meeting ID: 828 4425 0608

Passcode: 317166

Michael Malay (University of Bristol), ‘Rooted cosmopolitans?: Eels and the question of home’

Eels are wayfarers: in order to reach Europe from the Sargasso Sea, they travel no less than 3,000 miles. At the same time, they are lovers of place: when eels reach ‘home ground’ — it could be an estuary, river, lake, ditch or pond — many remain there for most of their adult lives. Where, then, do eels ‘belong’ — are they fish of the ocean or creatures of freshwater? In this paper, I explore the relationship between dislocation and rootedness in relation to the eel. Along the way, I also engage with political questions around migration, citizenship and belonging.

Jimmy Packham (University of Birmingham), ‘Melville & the oozy weeds’

The article-in-progress explores the role of seaweed in Herman Melville’s writing, with a particular focus on its presence in his poetry, paratexts, and mss. I am especially interested in those moments where Melville imagines humans as a kind of seaweed, and the ways in which he uses the drifting nature of plants like gulf-weed (sargassum) as a means of imagining forms of community that are not rooted, but predicated on generative forms of drift and dislocation.