BARS Digital Events: ‘Romantic Studies in 2020: Perspectives on the Field’

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The British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) is delighted to announce the first session of our new Digital Events programme. Please join us on Thursday 5 November at 5pm GMT on Zoom for a roundtable discussion between Professor James Chandler, Professor Ian Duncan, Dr Katie Garner, Professor Essaka Joshua, and Professor Fiona Stafford on the topic of ‘Romantic Studies in 2020: Perspectives on the Field’, chaired by BARS Vice President Dr Gillian Dow. During this 80-minute session, our guests will present perspectives on their current research and teaching before discussing the challenges faced by scholars and students of Romanticism in 2020, after which the audience will be invited to take part in a moderated Q&A session.

You must register to attend this session. Please register on Eventbrite, here.

About our Guests:

  • Professor James Chandler is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, General Editor of Cambridge University Press’s Studies in Romanticism series, and the author of several publications on Romantic literature and politics, including England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism (1998) and An Archaeology of Sympathy (2013). 
  • Professor Ian Duncan is the Florence Green Bixby Chair in English at the University of California, Berkeley, General Editor of the Collected Works of James Hogg, Co-Editor of the Edinburgh Critical Studies in Romanticism series, and the author of numerous publications on Romanticism and the novel, including his monographs Modern Romance and Transformations of the Novel: The Gothic, Scott, Dickens (1992), Scott’s Shadow (2007), and Human Forms (2019). 
  • Dr Katie Garner is a lecturer in nineteenth-century literature at the University of St Andrews, Reviews Editor for Romanticism, and the author of various publications on Romanticism and Arthurian writing, including Romantic Women Writers and Arthurian Legend: The Quest for Knowledge (2017). She is currently working on a Carnegie-funded project, Romantic Underwater Worlds and the Literary Imagination.
  • Professor Essaka Joshua is an Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame, a Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and the author of numerous publications on Romantic and Victorian literature with a specialisation in Disability Studies, including her forthcoming monograph with Cambridge University Press, Physical Disability in British Romantic Literature (November 2020).
  • Professor Fiona Stafford is a Fellow of Somerville College, University of Oxford, an expert in Romantic literature, and the author of several publications on Romantic poetry, Scottish and Irish literature, the novel, and place and nature writing, including Local Attachments (2010) and The Long, Long Life of Trees (2016).

The BARS Digital Events Series aims to foster a sense of community during these difficult and isolating times. We hope to provide a global gathering of students and scholars across disciplines to discuss new perspectives, publications, topics, and trends within Romantic studies. Our three initial sessions will focus upon developments within Romantic studies in 2020, from perspectives on the field to digital teaching and editions, after which we will host sessions from our public Call for Contributions.

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