BARS Conference 2024 Programme Announced!

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By Amy Wilcockson

Dear BARS Members,

We’ve now released detailed schedules and panel listings for both the in person and online elements of ‘Romantic Making and Unmaking’ on the conference website:

A few small activities will be added a bit later (for example, we’re hoping to have short optional collections visits and musical performances during some of the 75-minute lunch breaks), but the published details should give you a good sense of the richness of the conference.

We’ve also recently added our conference logo to the site front page and published a list of places to eat and drink in Glasgow. We’ll continue to send larger updates by email, but will be regularly updating the site in the run-up to the conference, so please check there for the latest information.

Conference registration remains open until July 5th – however, we would encourage you if possible to register as soon as you can – this will help us a great deal with arranging rooms, finalising catering and administering the New Lanark trip. We’re very happy to welcome those not giving papers!

As always, if you …read more


K-SAA Job Postings: Director of Operations and Communications and Communications Fellows

By Amy Wilcockson

Director of Operations and Communications

Job Description

Keats-Shelley Association of America

Honorarium: $10,000/year

Hours: 10 hours/week

  • Acts as administrative home for the organization: streamlines its internal communication; oversees administrative workflow for K-SAA officers; schedules and organizes officers meetings, directors meetings, and members meetings
  • Maintains and actively manages K-SAA calendar of meetings and events, including reminders to officers and directors of upcoming and urgent tasks
  • Keeps track of all projects, committee/working group reports and other Association documents
  • Oversees and monitors social media accounts (X/Instagram) and the K-SAA Blog
  • Maintains an active flow of posts on these accounts (see activity expectations in Communication Fellows description)
  • Designs and delivers new media content (Blog series etc.), with the support of the Communications Fellows
  • Strategizes how to increase engagement on social media and readership on the Blog
  • Selects new Communications Fellows each year (with the assistance of the K-SAA Board), supervises them and hosts regular online team meetings
  • Works with the K-SAA Secretary and VPs to circulate news of K-SAA events and projects over feeds
  • Responsible for timely organizing, adding, and updating website content (alongside Fellows)

Other Helpful Skills

  • High-touch alacrity with email and other forms of communication
  • Excited by ongoing organization and fast-paced communication with a wide variety of people inside and outside academia
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The Shelley Conference 2024: ‘Posthumous Poems, Posthumous Collaborations’

By Isabelle Murray

The organisers of the 2024 Shelley Conference ‘Posthumous Poems, Posthumous Collaborations’ are pleased to share the conference programme and announce that registration is open. The Shelley Conference will be held at Keats House, London, from 28-29 June.


We are pleased to share the Shelley Conference programme. You may view and download the programme on our website, here.

The programme includes a Plenary Panel, ‘Editing the Dead’, chaired by Bysshe Inigo Coffey and featuring Will Bowers, Nora Crook, Paul Hamilton, and Valentina Varinelli. The Keynote Lecture, ‘What is a Posthumous Poem?’, will be delivered by Ross Wilson. The conference will also feature a free exhibition of Shelley relics, including Keats House’s copy of Posthumous Poems.


Registration is open; please register through the link on our website to secure your space: Registration – The Shelley Conference Registration will close on 13th June, or sooner if spaces sell out.

Registration Fees: £100 Full Fee / £40 Reduced Fee (available to ECR and PGR speakers only)

Registration is for both days of the conference (28-29 June) and includes refreshments, lunches, and wine receptions. There are two options available. The Reduced Fee is only available to PGRs and ECRs giving papers at …read more


Symposium: ‘The Scottish Novel in 1824’, University of Edinburgh, 1st July 2024

By Isabelle Murray

This one-day symposium marks the bicentenary of 1824, an ‘annus mirabilis’ in the history of Scottish fiction that saw the publication of two experimental masterpieces: James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner and Walter Scott’s Redgauntlet. More generally, this was a moment of ascendancy for ‘Scotch novels’, with the instability wrought by the financial crash of 1825/6 yet to materialise, and with the Edinburgh milieu at the heart of anglophone literary culture.

The event features a keynote lecture from Professor Ian Duncan (University of California, Berkeley), and is hosted by Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century (SWINC) at the University of Edinburgh. There is also an optional special collections element hosted by EDITION and featuring material from the university Heritage Collections as well as Selkirk Museums.

There is an Eventbrite for signing up through this link: The Scottish Novel in 1824 | The University of Edinburgh

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Contributors Needed: Year’s Work in English Studies – Romantic Poetry

By Rosie Whitcombe

The Year’s Work in English Studies (published by Oxford UP and sponsored by the English Association) is searching for two contributors to cover Romantic poetry (1780-1830) for the upcoming edition (2023 publications). Reviewers are compensated and may keep the books sent for review. For more information, to express an interest, please contact Steven Lynn at

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Restored publications: Romantic Circles Electronic Editions

By Rosie Whitcombe

We are happy to announce two restored Romantic Circles Electronic Editions. As shown by the return of these editions, the technical editors at Romantic Circles are hard at work not only producing new publications but also bringing back previous publications as they are able. We appreciate everyone’s patience after having to rebuild the site and are striving to make everyone’s valuable past publications accessible once more.

Terry Robinson’s updated edition of Mary Robinson’s Nobody: A Comedy in Two Acts (Drury Lane, 1794) is the first to present a widely available and searchable transcript of the play along with a comprehensive introduction, extensive notes by the editor, and contexts of the drama. The open-access format and the accompanying contextual materials make this edition ideal for teaching and research.

Nicholas Mason, Paul Westover, Shannon Stimpson, Billy M. Hall, and Jarom McDonald’s updated and revised edition of William Wordsworth’s Guide to the Lakes (1810-1835) contains such resources as a fully annotated, illustrated text of the 1835 edition as well as bibliographic, cartographic, and textual tools for studying the first five editions of the Guide. For this revised …read more


Five Questions: Matthew Ward on Romantic Poets and the Laughter of Feeling

By Matthew Sangster

Matthew Ward is Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Birmingham. His work focuses on British Romanticism, poetic traditions and intellectual history – he is especially interested in the history of humour, questions of influence, emotions and affect studies, the nature of sound, and issues in ecology. Recent publications include Byron Among the English Poets: Literary Tradition and Poetic Legacy (co-edited with Clare Bucknell), ‘Funny Feelings in Nature‘ (with Erin Lafford), ‘Burns, Satan, and the Sin of Rhyme‘ and ‘Lord Byron, Thomas Hood, and the Tides of Feeling‘. His first monograph, Romantic Poets and the Laughter of Feeling, which we discuss below, has just been released by Oxford University Press.

1) How did you first become interested in laughter in the Romantic period?

In many ways it can be traced back to when I was a postgraduate student. I worked on Byron’s sense of humour for my MA, and that evolved into a PhD on the sound of laughter in Romantic poetry. I’d found humour a rather tricky topic to get hold of in some respects – …read more


London-Paris Romanticism Seminar: Brecht de Groote, Friday 17 May 2024, Senate House, London


The final meeting of this year’s London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will be a special international seminar on Friday 17 May 2024 in the Bloomsbury Room (G35, ground floor), Senate House, University of London, starting at 5.30 pm. As our distinguished guest speaker, we are delighted to welcome Prof. Dr. Brecht de Groote of the University of Ghent, who will present a paper entitled “That Which is Unseen, Shines the Brighter”: Pseudotranslation and Mediation in British Romanticism. There will then be a short response by Dr Laurent Folliot (Sorbonne University, Paris), followed by a discussion and a wine reception. The seminar will be chaired by Luisa Calè (Birkbeck, University of London).

The event is free and open to everyone, including postgraduates and members of the public. No booking is required.

Brecht de Groote is Assistant Professor of English in the Faculty of Arts & Philosophy of the University of Ghent in Belgium. He previously held (post)doctoral positions at the Universities of Edinburgh and Leuven. His research focuses on the literature and culture of the Romantic period, extending into the eighteenth century and the late-Romantic 1840s and 1850s. Combining methods at the intersection of literary theory, media theory and translation theory, he investigates the …read more


Role Advertisements: BARS PGR and ECR Representatives 2024–2026

By Amy Wilcockson

Supporting Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers has always been an important part of the remit of the British Association for Romantic Studies. We are currently inviting applications for appointment to the roles of Postgraduate Representative and Early Career Representative for BARS to cover, in the first instance, the next two years from summer 2024.

BARS Postgraduate Representatives

We are currently looking for a postgraduate student willing to join the Executive in order to represent our Postgraduate members and students in the field more generally.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Role:

During their term, the Postgraduate Representative will attend approximately four Executive meetings (typically online) and have the opportunity to co-organise postgraduate events. They will also work with the Early Career Representative to organise the next biennial Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Conference, due to be held in 2025 and announced later this year.

The position offers valuable experience in conference organisation, logistics and communications, as well as excellent networking opportunities. Importantly, it provides the chance to help shape the Romantic studies community by feeding i to the Executive’s discussions and launching new initiatives to support postgraduates in the field. Past Postgraduate Reps have been instrumental in the launch of the BARS Digital Events series and …read more


BARS/Wordsworth Trust Report, 08.04.24, by Rebecca Ferrier

By Rosie Whitcombe

My time in Grasmere as a BARS/Wordsworth Trust fellow was greatly rewarding. In regards to my PhD work, I found materials at the Trust which fed into my thesis and early manuscript draft, which I wrote a partial introduction to at the Jerwood Centre. As I am working towards a Creative Writing PhD, I found time for creative output, with two draft poems centred around Dorothy Wordsworth’s domestic life, and another draft erasure poem about her brother, John, using one of William Wordsworth’s ecclesiastical sonnets. From sitting in on a presentation with curator Melissa Mitchell, to hearing about Jessica Sneddon’s poetry activities in the café, there was much to enrich the soul and inspire both academic and creative work.

I enjoyed delving further into Wordsworth’s influences, especially in regard to early Christian history. I also began drafting a paper concerning the reinterpretation of one particular ecclesiastical-inspired poem by Wordsworth, which I hope to complete this year. Without my time at the Wordsworth Trust, I would not have accessed this information and been able to develop this particular approach.

During the Fellowship, I also found a need to reframe my own ideas around archival research and presenting ideas to a …read more