On This Day: Elizabeth Inchbald (1753-1821)

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By Jack Orchard

1796 Portrait of Elizabeth Inchbald by Thomas Lawrence.

The BARS ‘On This Day’ Blog series celebrates the 200th anniversary of literary and historical events of the Romantic period. Want to contribute a future post? Get in touch.

Elizabeth Inchbald passed away on 1 August 1821. Today we mark the bicentennial of her death with a blog post on her works by Rose Hilton. Rose is an English Literature PhD Student funded by the Vice Chancellor’s Studentship at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research focuses on the works of eighteenth-century British female playwrights, and the constructions and presentations of selfhood in their plays. Using a selection of four playwrights spanning the mid-late eighteenth century (Griffith, More, Inchbald, and Baillie), her research applies close reading to the play texts and contextualises contemporary ideas of self using medical and philosophical writing from the same period. She is vice-president and secretary of the SHU postgraduate society and co-organiser of the annual Earth(ly) Matters conference taking place this year 6th/13th/20th August (free registration now open!). She would love to share memes with you on Twitter @RoseMHilton.

I stumbled onto the work of Elizabeth Inchbald (née Simpson) about three years ago when selecting female playwrights for inclusion in my thesis. Inchbald stood out because …read more

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BARS Members Survey

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By Anna Mercer

The British Association for Romantic Studies invites you to fill out our Members Survey.

Your answers will help us to better understand how we can support our members, and will help us to develop and grow the BARS community.

The survey includes the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a copy of A Length of Road: Finding Myself in the Footsteps of John Clare by Robert Hamberger (2021). With thanks to Hachette press for the kind offer of this prize!

Click here to take the survey: BARS Members Survey

Thank you for your time and for your support of BARS!

Tess Somervell

BARS Membership Secretary

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Project Launch: The Year of Gothic Women

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The year 2023 marks the bicentenary of both Ann Radcliffe’s death and two major publications for Mary Shelley: the first edition of Valperga and the second edition of Frankenstein, which bore her name. The 200th anniversary of such significant moments for these two women writers is made all the more poignant because the year falls between important bicentenary dates for some of the most widely celebrated Romantic men: the death of Keats in 2021, P. B. Shelley in 2022, and Byron in 2024. The ‘Gothic Women‘ project will organise a conference in 2023 to celebrate Radcliffe, Shelley, and other Gothic women writers.

In the build-up to that conference, and in these isolating times, the ‘Gothic Women‘ project will host a curated online seminar series, starting on Mary Shelley’s birthday in August 2021. This series will showcase exciting new strands of research on ‘Gothic Women‘, bringing scholars into conversation with creative writers and artists. Featuring established, early career, and postgraduate scholars, our events showcase the diversity of women’s Gothic writing in the Romantic period. We aim to examine the different ways their work thinks about questions of self-definition in a time of crisis, challenging mainstream narratives, including those of …read more

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CFP: Romanticism and Environmental Humanities

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Abstracts are invited for a new special issue of Studies in Romanticism planned for Spring 2023, “Romanticism and Environmental Humanities,” guest edited by Noah Heringman (University of Missouri).

Since the publication in this journal of a special issue on Green Romanticism (1996), edited by Jonathan Bate, scholars working at the intersection of Romanticism and environmental humanities have been increasingly influenced by the global scale of scholarship and activism in the areas of postcolonial studies, climate change, and environmental justice.

One particular focus of this issue will be traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). Global “natures,” as Alan Bewell has called them, have become increasingly visible as scholars have rediscovered traditional ecological knowledge from various parts of the world as reported and remediated in publications generated by the voyages of Captain James Cook, Alexander von Humboldt, and others. We particularly welcome essays exploring the transformations that arise from encounters between competing forms of natural knowledge—settler-colonial and indigenous, urban and rural, or scientific and literary, among others. On a different level, TEK intersects with ecocriticism as an embodied practice pursued by scholars working in different situations in different parts of the
world today.

We welcome abstracts for full-length scholarly articles tracking literary engagements with traditional ecological …read more

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UCSL-BARS Bursary

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

In association with the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature (UCSL), BARS is delighted to confirm the continuance of the jointly funded Scottish Romanticism Research Award scheme, which is open to postgraduates and early career scholars anywhere in the world who wish to conduct archival research in Scotland.

Postgraduates and postdoctoral scholars working in any area of Scottish literature (1740-1830) may apply for the jointly funded BARS-UCSL Scottish Romanticism Research Award. The executive committees of the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) and the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature (UCSL) have established the award to help fund expenses incurred through travel to Scottish libraries and archives, including universities other than the applicant’s own, up to a maximum of £300. A postgraduate may be a current or recent Master’s student (within two years of graduation) or a PhD candidate; a postdoctoral scholar is defined as someone who holds a PhD but does not hold a permanent academic post.

Recognising the extraordinary pressures placed on travel at this time, we have moved the deadline to the end of the calendar year. If you have any queries about this scheme, and for more details, please click here.

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Five Questions: Joanna Rostek on Women’s Economic Thought in the Romantic Age

By Matthew Sangster

Joanna Rostek is Junior Professor of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media Studies at the University of Giessen and Interim Professor of English Literature at the University of Munich. She has published extensively on literature and culture; her work includes the monograph Seaing through the Past: Postmodern Histories and the Maritime Metaphor in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction and articles and edited volumes addressing Brexit, issues of migration, women’s writing and economic concerns. This last research area informs her new monograph Women’s Economic Thought in the Romantic Age: Towards a Transdisciplinary Herstory of Economic Thought, which was published by Routledge earlier this year and which we discuss below.

1) How did you first become interested in exploring women’s economic thought?

Having finished my first book on contemporary Anglophone fiction, I was looking for a topic for my second book. Within the German academic system, the second book must focus on a different subject matter, explore a different period, and preferably investigate different genres than the first. The financial crisis of 2008/9 had occurred by then, the marketization of universities was accelerating, and so the question of how the economy shapes societies and knowledge formation became pressing for me …read more

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Five Questions: Brecht de Groote on Thomas De Quincey: Romanticism in Translation

By Matthew Sangster

Brecht de Groote is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy at the University of Ghent. He has worked and published on a wide range of Romantic-period subjects, including war, late style, pseudotranslation, anachronism, spectrality, liberalism, economics and print culture. His first book, Thomas De Quincey: Romanticism in Translation, which we discuss below, has just been published by Edinburgh University Press.

1) How did you first become interested in re-examining De Quincey through the lens of translation?

I must confess that I initially knew De Quincey almost only through his ‘Confessions of an English Opium-Eater’—it’s a text that’s designed to make an impression, after all. The idea to look at De Quincey in much greater detail, particularly through the lens of translation, came from my doctoral supervisor, Tom Toremans. This was long before I ever considered working this into a monograph: some projects translate into a book quite readily, but as I was starting from quite an underexamined field, I had a lot of thinking to do just what it meant, first, to read De Quincey, and then to re-read him through translation. Throughout his career De Quincey practised and …read more

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2021 BARS First Book Prize Shortlist Announced

By Anna Mercer

The judges for the 2019 BARS First Book prize, chaired by Professor Francesca Saggini, are delighted to announce a shortlist of four exceptional books, drawn from a strong list of initial submissions:

  • Will Bowers, The Italian Idea: Anglo-Italian Radical Literary Culture, 1815-1823 (2020)
  • Amelia Dale, The Printed Reader: Gender, Quixotism, and Textual Bodies in 18thC Britain (2019)
  • Hrileena Ghosh, John Keats’ Medical Notebook: Text, Context, and Poems (2020)
  • Gerard Lee McKeever, Dialectics of Improvement: Scottish Romanticism, 1786-1831 (2020)

The winner will be announced at the BARS Virtual Conference, ‘Romantic Disconnections/Reconnections’ at 2.30-3pm BST on Thursday 19th August.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors!

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Keats House online event: ‘Keats V Shelley’

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

23 July, 5pm BST

‘The Feast of the Poets’ was a poem written by Leigh Hunt, first published in 1811. The poem took a satirical swipe at poets good and bad and was later republished along with an introduction and notes, speculating on the future reputations of what became the British Romantic Poets.

Each month we’ll assemble an informed panel to explore matters of the moment ‘from a principle of taste’, so join us for #FeastOfThePoets.

Joining us in July, to discuss the relative merits and reputations of Keats and Shelley, are: Dr Amanda Blake Davis, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Sheffield; Deborah Lam, PhD Researcher in Romantic and Nineteenth-Century Literature and Art, University of Bristol; Dr Anna Mercer, Lecturer in English Literature (Romanticism), Cardiff University.

Details and tickets here.

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BARS Digital Events ‘Seeing Through Whiteness’

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

29 July, 5pm BST

This roundtable centres The History of Mary Prince (1831) as a profound challenge to Romanticism and as precursor to many arguments about whiteness to be made in Black Studies. It brings together experts on Prince to highlight gender, labour, motherhood and property in the text and to argue for these aspects as a powerful counter-narrative to Romanticism’s self-idealization. The panel will point to Romanticism’s need for Black studies, not as a co-opted or assimilated area, but as an external force that puts it under considerable pressure.

Our speakers will include Kristina Huang (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Shelby Johnson (Florida Atlantic University), Felicia Bishop Denaud (Brown University), and Kerry Sinanan (University of Texas at San Antonio).

TICKETS HERE!

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