The BARS Review, No. 56 (Spring 2021)

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J.M.W. Turner, Florence, from San Miniato; the city viewed from the roof of a house, in the foreground a group of figures, fruit trees at l, and cypresses beyond them, two bridges in the mid-distance. c.1828 watercolour, touched with bodycolour. © The Trustees of the British Museum. Reproduction used under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.

We are glad to announce the publication of the most recent issue of The BARS Review (No. 56, Spring 2021). The issue contains a total of ten reviews of recent scholarly work within the field of Romanticism, broadly conceived, covering thirteen works. Five of the reviews compromise a ‘spotlight’ section on ‘Romantic Travels and Trajectories’.

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.

The pandemic has slowed review processes and publication recently, but the next two issues should follow this one fairly swiftly to bring us back up to date.

Editor: Mark Sandy (Durham University)
General Editor: Anthony Mandal (Cardiff University)
Technical Editor: Matthew Sangster (University of Glasgow)


1) Ben P. Robertson on Andrew O. Winckles, Eighteenth-Century Women’s Writing and the Methodist Media Revolution: ‘Consider the Lord as Ever Present Reader’. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019 and Joseph Morrissey, Women’s Domestic Activity in the Romantic-Period Novel, 1770-1820: Dangerous Occupations. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
2) Jonathan Cutmore on Michael E. Robinson, The Queer Bookishness of Romanticism. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2021 and Shayne Husbands, The Early Roxburghe Club 1812-1835: Book Club Pioneers and the Advancement of English Literature. London and New York: Anthem Press, 2017.
3) Nowell Marshall on Dale Townshend and Angela Wright, eds., The Cambridge History of the Gothic: Volume II. Gothic in the Nineteenth Century. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2020.
4) Claire Sheridan on Gordon Bannerman, Kenneth Baxter, Daniel Cook and Matthew Jarron, Creatures of Fancy – Mary Shelley in Dundee. Dundee: Abertay Historical Society, 2019.
5) Pauline Hortolland on Michael Demson and Regina Hewitt, eds., Commemorating Peterloo: Violence, Resilience and Claim-making during the Romantic Era. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019.

Romantic Travels and Trajectories

6) Diego Saglia on Agustín Coletes Blanco y Alicia Laspra Rodríguez, Romántico país: poesía inglesa del trienio liberal. Estudio crítico y corpus bilingüe anotado. Salamanca: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Salamanca, 2019 and Robert Southey, Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal, ed. by Jonathan Gonzalez and Cristina Flores. London and New York: Routledge, 2021.
7) Lucy Cogan on Tilottama Rajan and Joel Faflak, eds., William Blake: Modernity and Disaster. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2020.
8) José Ruiz Mas on Keith Crook, The Imprisoned Traveler: Joseph Forsyth and Napoleon’s Italy. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2019.
9) Jerónimo Ledesma on Monika Coghen and Anna Paluchowska-Messing, eds., Romantic Dialogues and Afterlives. Kraków: Jagiellonian University Press, 2021.
10) Chloe Wilcox on Essaka Joshua, Physical Disability in British Romantic Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.