CFP: Romantic Circles/K-SAA Anti-Racist Pedagogies Colloquium Fellowship

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Romantic Circles and the Keats-Shelley Association of America invite participants for a colloquium and working group designed to discuss and, in the end, produce a digital resource of anti-racist teaching and learning resources. RC Pedagogies and K-SAA see the work of discovering, gathering, developing, and elaborating anti-racist pedagogies as essential to our work as scholars and teachers, not to mention to the viability and relevance of the Romantic period more generally. Since systemic racism has long affected not only what texts are considered canonical, but also how, where, and to whom Romantic-era materials are taught, we hope to provide support for scholars in expanding access to Romantic-era pedagogy, including resources for teaching in underserved communities and carceral facilities. We believe such an undertaking must be a collaborative, sustained, and rigorous research project to include bibliographies of available material, articles discussing best classroom practices, contextual materials, and syllabi, compiled into a readily usable/accessible set of pages to be maintained over time.

A joint team of K-SAA and RC scholars seek to appoint a team of 4-6 Pedagogies Fellows tasked with creating this permanent yet expanding set of anti-racist pedagogy web links and resources through the work of a colloquium to be held for a month during July-August 2021. Fellows would receive a $500 honorarium to participate in a series of two-hour meetings each week for four consecutive weeks. Over the course of that month, Fellows would, together and independently, locate helpful contextual sources, syllabi, articles, and techniques for anti-racist pedagogy in the Romantic period, as well as organize and annotate these items into accesible webcontent for teachers of high school, undergraduate, graduate students, and other learners.

Throughout the colloquium, Fellows will be encouraged (but not required) to share their work through online social fora like Twitter and HASTAC. At the month’s end, the group will identify future work for the participants of this colloquium and colloquia to come, which may include blogging for the K-SAA Blog, a series of short essays for RC, a conference panel, a RC Pedagogy Commons special issue, or another form of work. (Ideally, this colloquium will be the first in a series because such a resource deserves sustained work and attention.)

Fellows will have the opportunity to build a cohort and a virtual space for discussion of anti-racist pedagogy and its intellectual work. They will also receive mentoring via senior scholar-teachers in the field as well as other members of the K-SAA/RC Pedagogies team. Fellows can thus expect to become part of a widening professional network of Romantic scholars, digital humanists, and teachers, especially in their unique relationship to Romantic Circles and K-SAA as organizations with journals and other scholarly events. Additionally, Fellows will gain exposure to journal, organization, and advisory board projects.

Applicants of any rank are invited to submit a one-page letter of intent to by June 1st, which discusses specific interests and experience in anti-racist pedagogy, including discussion/description of courses taught or proposed as well as scholarly research/interests and public humanities work. 

BARS Digital Events: Geo & Eco Criticism – Returning to Romantic Italy

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In collaboration with CISR (Inter-University Centre for the Study of Romanticism)


Gioia Angeletti (Chair)

Serena Baiesi; Paolo Bugliani; Lilla Maria Crisafulli; Diego Saglia; Elena Spandri.

Geo & Eco-Criticism: Returning to Romantic Italy

15 April 2021

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Our roundtable aims to open up a discussion about the benefits to be derived, in Romantic studies, from an intersection of the methods and approaches of geo-criticism and eco-criticism. On the one hand, we take our bearings from positions, such as Kate Rigby’s, that focus on the natural world as a dynamic, active dimension enabling all cultural production, which in turn bears traces of its more-than-human genesis. On the other, we intend to suggest that geo-criticism, as developed by Bertrand Westphal and others, stresses the crucial importance of considering the geographical specificities of Romantic-era engagements with ecosystems, and more particularly how such engagements are inextricably bound up with notions of geo-politics and geo-culture (the nation, borders and boundaries, economic geographies, north vs south, the national character). Indeed, geo-criticism opens us specific insights into how literature can translate the experience of places into a critique of predominant modes of construction of reality.

Since the notions of space and place are constantly shifting (the former encompassing conceptual space and the latter factual place), authors such as William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, Percy B. Shelley, Mary Shelley and Leigh Hunt among many others, represent environments as manifesting the variety of interconnected human and non-human spaces, and their im/material valences, in ways that are also always tied up with the political, economic or cultural forces bearing upon and conditioning such spaces (which, following Henri Lefebvre, may be viewed as intersections of perceived, conceived and lived space). 

Exploring the possibilities of combining ecocritical and geocritical approaches, the roundtable aims to propose this methodological intersection as a way of unlocking new features of Romantic-period treatments of the connections between the environment and humans, their identities, activities, and institutions [Tuan, Yi-fu, Space and Place]. We believe that our approach may prove interesting to a wide audience by throwing light on Romantic representations of the environment as critical narratives (and counter-narratives) about the imbrications and overlappings of the identities of individuals, human communities and polities, and the environment. In particular, we aim to discuss the potential advantages of this mixed approach by throwing new light on Romantic-period representations of Italy as a particularly complex and unstable crucible of issues of nature and nurture, ecosystems and political systems, environment and polities, and so on. In Romantic-period literature, the highly diversified and challenging natural world of Italy – from the Alps to Vesuvius and Etna, its frayed coastlines, Northern plains, Venetian lagoon, Roman marshes, Campanian sulphur lakes, etc. – is everywhere enmeshed with the country’s complicated, fragmented and fraught cultural, political and economic context. Our aim is ultimately to stimulate a lively debate on how ecocritical and geocritical outlooks can be made to interact in order to identify new and exciting ways of capturing the multifaceted complexity of Romantic-period representations of human-environmental interrelations.  

Serena Baiesi (University of Bologna)

Leigh Hunt’s Italian Green footsteps 

I would like to discuss a less-known aspect of Hunt’s aesthetic: his deep involvement with the external world, meaning the natural and urban landscapes which played an important role in his writings during the 1820s. In particular, I will focus on his descriptions of Italian places from an eco- critical and geo-critical point of view that examines the interaction between the human and non-human in cities, as well as in the natural environment. Indeed, it is during his stay in a foreign land that Hunt developed a deep and controversial interest in urban and natural surroundings, that is, what we can call a “botanic” eye for the multifaceted environment of Italy.

Paolo Bugliani (University of Pisa – ECR) 

William Hazlitt’s Italian Spots of Time 

My contribution aims at interpreting, through an ecocritical lens, some of the spots of time which William Hazlitt implanted in the Italian section of his Notes of a Journey through France and Italy (1826). Although these instants of highlighted sensation are more commonly associated with urban landscapes or indoors museum spaces, I wish to explore circumstances in which they are aroused by a natural landscape, most notably in the Appennines, near lake Bolsena and on the Plain of Lombardy.

Lilla Maria Crisafulli (University of Bologna)

Going Green and Blue in Mary Shelley’s work 

I intend to explore not only the process of inter-human relationship, but also the conversation between humans and the world of signs or the religious universe that the works of Mary Shelley convey. It is such a self-dissolving opening up towards the universe that, it seems to me, deeply characterizes much of Shelley’s work in which the ‘biophysical environment’ deeply matters, be it the marine life or the inshore, with particular reference to Italy and Italian landscape. 

Diego Saglia (University of Parma)

Re-Viewing Northern Italy 

I will be looking at William Stewart Rose’s 1819 Letters from the North of Italy to demonstrate how, in the literature of the period, representations of Northern Italian landscapes such as those in Byron’s or Shelley’s poetry coexist with an attention to questions of agricultural and industrial exploitation, deforestation and depopulation, and climate change.

Elena Spandri (University of Siena)

Wordsworth’s Franciscan Ecology

I will be looking at Wordsworth’s poems “Musings Near Acquapendente” and “The Cuckoo at Laverna” included in his late series Memorials of a Tour in Italy (1842) as specimens of a typically Romantic – and Wordsworthian – structure of feelings in which Italian monasteries provide geo-cultural environments both for a revitalized poetics of memory and for a reflection on the mutual imbrications of natural sites, religious ethics, and national consciousness. 

BARS Digital Events: ‘Romantic Forms’ Recording Now Online

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This roundtable explores the myriad forms in which Romantic writers wrote, connecting these to the topics and arguments found within texts. It looks at how form impacted on and was knowingly used to express ideologies and politics in texts by Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Inchbald, Frances Burney, and S.T. Coleridge. Our speakers were Amanda Auerbach (Catholic University), Anne-Claire Michoux (University of Zurich), Jack Rooney (Ohio State University), Shellie Audsley (University of Hong Kong), and Rebecca Musk (Lancaster University). The chair was Ian Haywood (University of Roehampton).

All BARS Digital Event news can be found here.

Get tickets for our next event (‘Geo & Eco Criticism : Returning to Romantic Italy’) here.

CFP: Special Issue of EJES (2023) on Interstitial Spaces

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Guest editors: Frederik Van Dam (Radboud University), Joanna Hofer-Robinson (University College Cork), Chris Louttit (Radboud University)

In the course of the past two decades, the field of English Studies has witnessed a return to a focus on space, both as a critical methodology and as a subject worthy of renewed attention. On the one hand, scholars draw inspiration from adjacent fields such as cultural geography and media archaeology to examine the circulation of literature and the arts in local and global contexts. Opportunities offered by digital tools play an important role in such endeavours. On the other hand, scholars rely on the foundational work of Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, and Gaston Bachelard to find new ways of mapping out the representation of space and place in English literature. In this regard, the critical gaze has honed in on overlaps, intersections, and contact zones.

The present issue aims to push established scholarship on the ‘spatial turn’ in new directions through an examination of interstitial spaces, that is, the corridors, roads, and routes that exist in between and connect different spaces. While contributions on literary and cultural texts from any historical period are encouraged, the editors will particularly welcome proposals that deal with the long nineteenth century.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Interstitial spaces of authorship: literary Bohemia, the salon, the club
  • The sea as a geopolitical or colonial space
  • Non-spaces (Marc Augé) in city literature
  • The gendering of interstitial spaces
  • The multiple occupancy of interstitial spaces by different communities
  • The function of maps in storytelling / the function of storytelling in maps
  • Interstitial space and interstitial time: revisiting the notion of the chronotope
  • The emotions of being in between spaces
  • English literature abroad: transculturation, circulation, reception

Detailed proposals (up to 1,000 words) for essays of no more than 7,500 words and a short biographical blurb (up to 100 words) should be sent to all three editors by 30 November 2021:

Frederik Van Dam (, Joanna Hofer-Robinson (, and Chris Louttit (

This issue will be part of volume 27 (2023). All inquiries regarding this issue can be sent to the three guest editors.


EJES operates a two-stage review process.

  1. Contributors are invited to submit proposals for essays on the topic in question by 30 November 2021.
  2. Following review of the proposals by the editorial board panel, informed by external specialists as appropriate, the guest editors will invite the authors of short-listed proposals to submit full-length essays for review with a spring 2022 deadline.
  3. The full-length essays undergo another round of review, and a final selection as well as suggestions for revisions are made. Selected essays are then revised and resubmitted to the guest editors in late 2022 for publication in 2023.

EJES employs Chicago Style (T&F Chicago AD) and British English conventions for spelling. For more information about EJES, see here


The Shelley Conference: #Shelley200 Launch

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And we will talk, until thought’s melody 
Become too sweet for utterance, and it die 
In words, to live again in looks, which dart 
With thrilling tone into the voiceless heart, 
Harmonizing silence without a sound.

– Percy Bysshe Shelley, Epipsychidion (1821)

The Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned at sea aged just 29 on the 8th July 1822. The Shelley Conference will mark his bicentenary, celebrating the poet’s life, works, and afterlives on 8-9th July 2022.

In the build-up to the conference, the organisers (Bysshe Inigo Coffey, Amanda Blake Davis, Anna Mercer, and Paul Stephens) are excited to welcome opportunities for scholars and admirers of Shelley and his circle to join public conversations on Shelley’s final years.

In the first of a series of pre-conference events, we are delighted to announce a digital celebration marking the bicentenary of the publication of Epipsychidion in 1821. 

This free roundtable event, to be held on Zoom on 20th May 2021, will invite Shelley scholars to discuss the poem and its critical legacy. The speakers will include Will Bowers, Stuart Curran, Michael Rossington, and Valentina Varinelli. The audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A session, and the event will also be recorded and shared online, welcoming further discussion.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

Our call for papers for the 2022 conference will be published following this event (deadline: 1st February 2022). The conference will take place in the UK, and we expect to announce the venue in September 2021.

Following the success of the first ‘Shelley Conference’ in 2017 (organised by Anna Mercer and Harrie Neal), the 2022 conference will again seek to provide a scholarly gathering dedicated to Percy Bysshe Shelley, a poet who remains without an annual event.

We will share #Shelley200 news online throughout the remainder of 2021 and the first half of 2022 (and beyond – as we continue to celebrate Shelley’s legacy). We welcome invitations for networking opportunities with other commemorative events and posts using that hashtag. We are also following with interest and will share and promote the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association’s ongoing #KeatsShelley200 #KS200 celebrations.

Our website will provide a hub for video and text interviews and documentaries from Shelley scholars. The website will not simply be a point of convergence and information for conference delegates, but a valuable and lasting digital resource for Shelley studies.

Get in touch and join the #Shelley200 conversations…Twitter: @ShelleyConf2022

Project Team:
Dr Bysshe Inigo Coffey (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Newcastle University)
Dr Amanda Blake Davis (University of Sheffield)
Dr Anna Mercer (Cardiff University)
Paul Stephens (University of Oxford)

Advisory Board:
Dr Will Bowers (Queen Mary University of London)
Dr Madeleine Callaghan (University of Sheffield)
Professor Kelvin Everest (University of Liverpool)
Professor Sharon Ruston (Lancaster University)

BARS Digital Events: ‘Romantic Forms’

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This roundtable explores the myriad forms in which Romantic writers wrote, connecting these to the topics and arguments found within texts. It looks at how form impacted on and was knowingly used to express ideologies and politics in texts by Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Inchbald, Frances Burney, and S.T. Coleridge.

Our speakers will include Amanda Auerbach (Catholic University), Anne-Claire Michoux (University of Zurich), Jack Rooney (Ohio State University), Shellie Audsley (University of Hong Kong), and Rebecca Musk (Lancaster University).

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2021 Keats-Shelley Prize

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Our inspiration is John Keats’ epitaph which reads: ‘Here lies one whose name was writ in water.’ This year’s Keats-Shelley Prizes are part of our wider KS200 programme, commemorating the deaths of John Keats on 23rd February 1821 and of PB Shelley on 8th July 1822.

As in previous years, the prize is divided into two competitions.

A Poetry Prize – open to all – on the theme of ‘Writ in Water’.

An Essay Prize – which we hope will be of particular interest to undergraduates and postgraduates with research interests in Romanticism.

Essays may be on any aspect of the works or lives of the Romantics and their circles. They should be no more than 3,000 words including quotations. All sources must be acknowledged.

Total Prize money £5000.

Deadline: 12th April 2021.
Our Prize Judge is the award-winning sports journalist and nature writer, Simon Barnes

Further information is available here.


You can find podcasts, articles, and playlists inspired by ‘Writ in Water’ here.

The BARS Review, No. 55 (Autumn 2020)

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Map of the celestial sphere (northern hemisphere) showing various zodiacal constellations including Gemini, Leo etc, surrounded by four observatories in Rome, Bologna, Padua and Milan (1790). © The Trustees of the British Museum. Reproduction used under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.

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

CFP: Wordsworth-Coleridge Association at MLA 2022

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Modern Language Association Convention, Washington DC, January 6-9, 2022

The Wordsworth-Coleridge Association is an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association that meets annually during the MLA Convention. Along with an annual festive lunch, the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association is allowed to propose up to two scholarly sessions. For the MLA Convention in Washington DC, proposals are invited on the following topic: Romanticism and Data.

What was “data” — and what were data — in the Romantic era? According to the OED, a “datum” is “an item of (chiefly numerical) information, esp. one obtained by scientific work,” and “something given or granted; something known or assumed as fact, and made the basis of reasoning,” both senses being in use during the period. This call is open to: different kinds of data (e.g., bibliographic, colonial, demographic, fiscal, historical, industrial, literary, personal, scientific, sensory, slave trade); techniques, media, forms, and formats of datafication; data collection projects from the period, big and small; critiques of data and dataveillance; Romantic epistemologies, epistemological hierarchies, facts, truth, and negative capabilities; documentalities, informational genres, information management, and categorizations; computational approaches (paper or electronic) to Romantic-era texts or Romantic studies over the years. Papers that explore the relationship between literature and data are especially welcome.

Please submit abstracts (maximum 300 words) by March 15, 2021, to James McKusick ( The MLA requires (in addition to an abstract) a brief biographical statement (circa 300 words), written in the third person, including the presenter’s name, title, affiliation, final degree institution and date, scholarly interests and publications. Particularly relevant are scholarship and publications that directly relate to the proposed session topic. Please include some persuasive points about the importance, significance, and contribution of the proposed presentation and any previous work you have done relating to the session topic.

All MLA program participants must be members of the Modern Language Association by April 1, 2021. For information on the MLA Convention here.

All subscribers to The Wordsworth Circle are members of the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association. Essays selected for presentation at MLA will be considered for publication in The Wordsworth Circle. Please address any questions regarding the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association to the President of the Association:

Dean James McKusick                         Email:
Honors College
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5030 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110