The BARS Review, No. 55 (Autumn 2020)

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In spite of the pandemic, the business of Romantic Studies rolls on. We are glad to announce the publication of the most recent issue of The BARS Review (No. 55, Autumn 2020). The issue contains a total of ten reviews of recent scholarly work within the field of Romanticism, broadly conceived. Five of the reviews compromise a ‘spotlight’ section on ‘Romantic Locations, Locating Romanticism’.

The individual reviews are detailed below; as always, all reviews are openly available in html and .pdf through The BARS Review website, and a compilation of all the reviews in the number can be downloaded as a .pdf.

If you have comments on the new number, or on the Review in general, we’d be very grateful for any feedback that would allow us to improve the site or its content. Mark Sandy would also be very happy to hear from people who would like to review for BARS.

Editor: Mark Sandy (Durham University)
General Editors: Ian Haywood (University of Roehampton) and Anthony Mandal (Cardiff University)
Technical Editor: Matthew Sangster (University of Glasgow)


1) Stephen Bygrave on Julia Straub, The Rise of New Media, 1750-1850: Transatlantic Discourse and American Memory. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
2) Jonathon Shears on Clara Tuite, ed., Byron in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.
3) Frederick Burwick on Angela Esterhammer, Print and Performance in the 1820s: Improvisation, Speculation, Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.
4) Gerald Egan on Kenneth McNeil, Scottish Romanticism and Collective Memory in the British Atlantic. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020.
5) Anne-Claire Michoux on Claire Connolly, ed., Irish Literature in Transition, 1780-1830. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Spotlight: Romantic Locations, Locating Romanticism

6) Nigel Leask on Simon Bainbridge, Mountaineering and British Romanticism: The Literary Cultures of Climbing, 1770-1836. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.
7) Susanne Schmid on Will Bowers, The Italian Idea: Anglo-Italian Radical Literary Culture, 1815-1823. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.
8) David Duff on Sophie Laniel-Musitelli and Thomas Constantinesco, eds., Romanticism and Philosophy: Thinking with Literature. New York and London: Routledge, 2019.
9) Chris Townsend on Richard Marggraf Turley, ed., Keats’s Places. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
10) Daniel Norman on Nicholas Mason and Tom Mole, eds., Romantic Periodicals in the Twenty-First Century: Eleven Case Studies from Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020