BARS First Book Prize 2022-23: Call for Panel Members  

By Anna Mercer

Deadline: 24 February 2023

Send your EoI to the BARS Secretary, Jennifer Orr (, and any questions to the BARS President, Anthony Mandal (

We are looking to fill two roles on this year’s panel: Panel Chair and Reader. The Book Prize is awarded biennially for the best debut monograph in Romantic Studies and is open to first books published between 1 January 2021 and 1 January 2023.

The incoming Chair will be invited to attend the BARS Spring Executive meeting (online) at the end of March where the committee timeline will be established.

Please send a short expression of interest along with your CV. Applications from Early Career Researchers to the Reader role are particularly welcomed.

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Women in Print: Two New Volumes Examining Women’s Impact on Print Culture

By katiesnow11

Rose Roberto

Rose Roberto is a part-time Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Teaching Resources Librarian at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK. Her masters in library and information science is from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her PhD in history of the book is from the University of Reading. Her current research examines the intersection of visual culture and educational publishing, and the hidden histories related to race, gender and class embedded in the material culture of the transnational book trade during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She was series editor for the Art Researches’ Guides ‘to different cities in the UK and Ireland (2011–2017), and a contributor to the award-winning Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Vol. 2 (Finkelstein, 2020), and Circulation and Control: Artistic Culture and Intellectual Property in the Nineteenth Century (Delamaire and Slauter, 2021). She is a Fellow of the HEA.

Back in September 2018, when I should have been concentrating on finalizing my PhD thesis due two weeks later, I participated in a conference held at the University of Birmingham entitled, ‘Women in Print.’ The event saw scholars present research on historical women and their impact on the printing and publishing …read more


Women Printmakers in the Eighteenth Century: exploring the print and publishing life of Letitia Byrne in Women in Print

By katiesnow11

Hannah Lyons

Hannah Lyons is Assistant Curator of Art at Royal Museums Greenwich. She undertook her MA at the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York, and her PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her thesis was titled: ‘“exercising the ART as a TRADE”: Professional Women Printmakers in London, 1750-1850′. Previously she has worked at Tate Britain and Christ Church Picture Gallery, University of Oxford.

This post contains excerpts from Hannah’s chapter ‘Letitia Byrne (1779-1849) and the “prejudice against employing women as engravers”’ in Women in Print 1: Design and Identities.

In the West End of London, running north between Oxford Street and Great Portland Street, lies the half-mile stretch known as Great Titchfield Street. Now thronged with expensive restaurants, media companies, and the occasional, historic garment store, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Great Titchfield Street was the home to several artists families. Among the residents were the Scheemakers’ (sculptors, at No.18); the Bartolozzis’ (printmakers and printsellers, at No.81), the Rigauds’ (painters, at No.101), and, of particular interest to me, the Byrne family of engravers (at No.85). (1)

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Query: The Letters of Thomas De Quincey

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By Amy Wilcockson

Dear everyone,

I am editing the letters of De Quincey, forthcoming in two volumes with OUP. I have conducted an extensive search of online manuscript catalogues, auction house catalogues, bookseller catalogues, and so on. I have found De Quincey letters in several of the major archives in the UK and US, as well as in places ranging from the Maine Historical Society to the Auckland City Libraries.

I am writing now to ask if anyone knows of De Quincey letters that might be in uncatalogued manuscript collections, or in Asian or European archives, or that, for one reason or another, might not turn up in the kinds of searches I have done so far.

I am especially interested in letters that are in private hands. There is, for example, a collection of thirty-seven unpublished De Quincey letters to his publisher William Tait, dated from 20 February 1838 through 15 August 1846. These letters were in private hands in 1941 and, as far as I have been able to determine, they are still in private hands. For more details, please see Claude E. Jones, ‘Some De Quincey Manuscripts’ in ELH, 8.3 (1941), p. 216.

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CFP and Registration: The Wordsworths: An Early Spring Symposium

By Amy Wilcockson

Presented by the Wordsworth Conference Foundation

Hosted at Dove Cottage, Grasmere and the Jerwood Library

2-4 March 2023

Please email a paper proposal of 200-250 words, with a title and outline of your proposed presentation, to to arrive by 1 February 2023, 12 noon UK time at the latest. We are particularly keen to attract papers from postgraduate, post-doctoral students and early career academics. Topics may include any aspects of the Wordsworths’ writings, lives, times, and contexts.

8 bursaries of £250 are available to postgraduates and early career post docs, on presentation of a single academic reference to support their paper presentation.

The registration for the Symposium is £130 per person.
To register, please fill out the attached form and return it to

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Inventions of the Text: Professor Jeffrey N. Cox, 1st Feb 2023

By Amy Wilcockson

Session 4, 2022-23

1st February 2023, 17.30 UK time.

Prof Jeffrey N Cox, University of Colorado Boulder will be talking to us:

Wordsworth’s The Borderers: Early and Late


While we have, with good reason, been interested in The Borderers for what it tells us about Wordsworth’s intellectual and aesthetic development as a poet at its point of composition, I will be interested in thinking about it, first, in relation to the drama and theater of the 1790s and second, as a cultural act in 1842, as Wordsworth seeks to define his place one more time on the literary scene. Wordsworth’s sole tragedy, while written in the late 1790s, did not appear until 1842, in his last volume of new poetry, Poems, Chiefly of Early and Late Years; including the Borderers, A Tragedy. Supporting my view is the back matter of the collection. There are two series of advertisements: one for the other six volumes in the newest edition of Wordsworth’s poetry and the other for his publisher’s Edward Moxon’s “Dramatic Library” which includes plays by key playwrights from Shakespeare to Congreve, with the editors spanning the romantic movement from Thomas Campbell to Leigh Hunt to Hartley Coleridge. One set of these print paratexts places …read more


Vision of Judgement Zoom Reading: 22 January 2023

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By Amy Wilcockson

The Vision of Judgment

by Lord Byron

Dozens of readers, one diabolically divine poem!

Have you ever wondered whether George III is whiling away infinity in heaven or in hell—and how he got wherever he is? You now have the chance to find out. Following the international amusements of a group Zoom reading of The Eve of St. Agnes last January and The Mask of Anarchy this past August, a reading of The Vision of Judgment by 53 readers is coming up on Sunday, January 22nd (Byron’s 235th birthday!), at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. If you would like to get on the attendance list, please contact Alice Levine ( or Susan Wolfson ( The link will be sent to you the day before the event.

Hoping to see you there!

Alice Levine (The Byron Society of America)

Susan Wolfson (Princeton University)

John Bugg (The Fordham Romantics Group)

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CFP: The Routledge Companion to Drag

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By Francesca Killoran

We are currently looking for contributions to The Routledge Companion to Drag, a volume that will provide an accessible reference work to drag. This is an area which has garnered much attention through the popularity of TV series such as RuPaul’s Drag Race and Pose. The Routledge Companion to Drag is a long over-due response to the popularity of drag cultures, providing detailed critical insights to the world of drag that goes beyond the narrow version of the glitz and glamour on TV screens. The volume will signal a major new direction for a form that has become cultural currency in the media and, more recently, of growing importance for the academy.

The Routledge Companion to Drag will be a comprehensive reference work on the multi-limbed topic of drag. The volume connects contemporary concerns around identity and intersectionality to the field of drag studies, including essays on race and ethnicity, disability, class – areas that reflect the current cultural backdrop and social activism of today’s potential readers. The international and interdisciplinary focus will lay out the field in such a way that it includes both mainstream, non-mainstream, established and emergent practices and cultures.

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CFP: ‘(Re) Imagining Value’: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

By Francesca Killoran

26 May 2023, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Keynote speakers: Professor Nicky Marsh (University of Southampton) and Professor Paul Crosthwaite (University of Edinburgh)

The Economic Humanities Network for the Newcastle University Humanities Research Institute (NUHRI) invites proposals for a one-day interdisciplinary symposium to be held on 26 May 2023.

The theme of the symposium investigates the role of value within the emerging field of economic humanities, which brings together researchers who identify a reciprocal relationship between the arts and social sciences. Recent scholarship within this field has interrogated the cultural metamorphosis through which economics was divested of the humanitarian concerns that were crucial to its Enlightenment origins, and became aligned with the ‘dismal’ pursuit of profit. By forging dialogues between literature, history, business studies, law, philosophy, politics and beyond, our network explores how economics shares with the humanities a view that individuals are motivated by desire, imagination and creativity, as well as considers how this perspective transforms how we understand value today. The symposium opens up discussions about what value means in an era driven by capitalism and post-pandemic recovery. We are particularly interested in the way that value measures what is ‘useful’, yet remains an enigma that evolves with the spirit of …read more


Artist Micro-Commissions Wordsworth Grasmere

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By Francesca Killoran

Job opportunities – Wordsworth Grasmere

The closing date is Monday 6 February 2023 at 9AM (GMT). We would like to commission three artists for £1,000 each to give a creative response to William Wordsworth’s Guide to the Lakes.

We are very open as to what form the final piece will take: it could be a physical or digital drawing, painting, photograph, film, story, musical piece, or something else. We would like the creative piece to be accessible and enjoyed by our audiences. Depending on their final form, we would like to display the three final pieces physically at Wordsworth Grasmere and/or online.

We envision that the project will begin in February 2023, and ask that the selected artists be in a position to complete their work by the end of March 2023. To apply you must be over 18 years old and based in the UK. We envision that the commission can be completed remotely, with the final artwork sent to us physically and/or digitally.

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