Romanticism Now: “Take me to the Lakes where all the poets went to die”: Romantic Escapades in Taylor Swift’s Folklore

By Jack Orchard

It is my absolute pleasure to launch a new series on the BARS Blog. Romanticism Now will host discussions of the resonance of Romanticism and the Romantic era in contemporary pop culture. Please approach us with your takes on film and television, music, theatre, video games, memes, or any other aspects of pop culture which reflect a Romantic sensibility. If you would like to submit a piece for the Romanticism Now series, or any of the other BARS Blog series’ please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, Jack Orchard, at

We are launching this new series with a fascinating close reading of the Romantic echoes in Taylor Swift’s Folklore (2020) by Zoë van Cauwenberg. Zoë is a PhD candidate in literary history at KU Leuven and Ghent University. Her project, funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), “History as ‘Fairy-ground’: Scottish and Irish Female Voice and the Gothic Imagination (1780-1830)” navigates the boundaries between literary production and the writing of history in the Romantic period. She examines how female authors use the Gothic to blend imagination with self-expression and to conflate folk belief with national spirit. Zoë’s broader research interests include British Romantic culture, intellectual history, gender studies, …read more