Call for Applications: BARS/Wordsworth Trust Early Career Fellowships

By Anna Mercer

We would like to invite Early Career Researchers who are not in permanent employment to apply for a one-month residential Fellowship with the Wordsworth Trust at Grasmere.

Two Fellowships are available in 2022.

Wordsworth Grasmere is centred around Dove Cottage, the Wordsworths’ home between 1799 and 1808, where William wrote most of his greatest poetry and Dorothy wrote her Grasmere journals. Their lives and writings are at the heart of the Trust’s collection of over 68,000 books, manuscripts and works of art; the collection also encompasses wider Romanticism and the ‘discovery of the Lake District’ 1750-1850.

This Fellowship follows one of the most exciting and transformative times in the Wordsworth Trust’s history. Our major NLHF-funded project ‘Reimagining Wordsworth’, completed in 2021, seeks to raise awareness and change perceptions of Wordsworth’s life and work, furthering his own wish for his poetry to ‘live and do good’. The site has been transformed: Wordsworth Grasmere now has a redesigned and extended museum, a new learning centre, a newly interpreted Dove Cottage and two new outdoor spaces alongside an extensive programme of engagement and activities in Cumbria and beyond.

The Wordsworth Trust is also committed to Arts Council England’s ‘Lets Create’ vision. We believe that by …read more


London-Paris Romanticism Seminar, Deidre Lynch, online seminar, Friday 27 May 2022


The next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will take place via Zoom on Friday 27 May 2022 at 17.30-19.30 London time (GMT+1). As our guest speaker, we are delighted to welcome Professor Deidre Lynch of Harvard University, who will present a paper entitled Charles Lamb’s Paperwork. This will be followed by a discussion in which questions from the audience are invited. The panel will be chaired by Luisa Calè (Birkbeck, University of London).

The seminar is free and open to everyone. Prior registration is necessary. To book a place via the Institute of English Studies website, click here. When you register, you will be provided with a Zoom link and details of how to join the online forum. Whether you wish to contribute or simply to listen in, we invite you to join us.

Deidre Lynch is Ernest Bernbaum Professor of English Literature at Harvard, and, in recognition of her excellent in teaching, Harvard College Professor. She was formerly Chancellor Jackman Professor at the University of Toronto. She was educated at the University of British Columbia and at Stanford University. She has published widely on the literature and culture of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain, the theory and …read more


OPPORTUNITY – Editorial Position with Romantic Circles: Reviews and Receptions

By Jack Orchard

Romantic Circles Reviews & Receptions ( seeks a new member of its editorial collective. The ideal candidate will have broad familiarity with the state of Romantic studies, strong editing and organizational skills, and some social media savvy and will bring creative and innovative energy to the project.

The position is open to scholars with PhD in hand from any location worldwide and in any stages of their careers, but we do ask for a three-year commitment.

Please send a cv and very brief (less than one page) letter of interest to Candidates may be asked to interview via Zoom with Orrin Wang, one of the General Editors of Romantic Circles, and with Lenora Hanson and Ross Wilson, current Section Editors of Reviews & Receptions.

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Charles and Mary Lamb: Elia and Beyond Conference

By Jack Orchard

Charles and Mary Lamb: Elia and Beyond

Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, King’s Manor, University of York, Saturday 18th June 2022, 9.30-5

Before Covid struck we had planned to host a day conference to mark the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Charles Lamb’s Elia essays in the London Magazine. Now that we are finally able to convene in person, we want to expand the focus of this event ‘beyond’ Elia and showcase recent research on the miscellaneous work of the siblings Charles and Mary Lamb, influentially discussed by Jane Aaron and others in terms of their ‘double singleness’. Contributors to the symposium will include Gregory Dart, John Gardner, Felicity James, Jessica Lim, Samantha Matthews, Tim Milnes, Jane Moore, Gillian Russell, Matt Sangster, and John Strachan, and among the topics that they will address are the Lambs and Romantic authorship, the Lambs and London, their writing for children (including Charles Lamb’s abolitionist efforts), their varied afterlives, tribute poems to Mary Lamb, Charles Lamb and the essay form, his politics, and his engagement with the wider world. Several of our speakers are currently collaborating on the upcoming Oxford University Press Collected Edition of the Works of Charles and Mary Lamb, and our …read more


BARS Digital Events – Radical Connections: A Digital Show and Tell

By Jack Orchard

For anybody who missed our BARS Digital Event,Radical Connections: A Digital Show and Tell – you can now catch up on the whole thing on the official BARS Youtube channel. This roundtable bridged the two fields of revolutionary politics and transnational cultural exchange by looking at the circulation of radical texts in translation, not only across the Channel but also to and from Italian. It featured exploratory research conducted by the team of the AHRC-funded project ‘Radical Translations: The Transfer of Revolutionary Culture between Britain, France and Italy (1789-1815)’, which has unearthed ca. 800 translations of texts seeking to extend ideas of equality and rights to new publics across linguistic, social, and geographical borders. Our speakers included Sanja Perovic (King’s College London), Rosa Mucignat (King’s College London), Nigel Ritchie (King’s College London), Will Bowers (Queen Mary University of London).

Don’t forget to subscribe to the BARS Official Youtube Channel here and enjoy the full back catalogue of digital events.

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Call for Applications: BARS Communications Assistant 2022-23

By Anna Mercer

The British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) would like to invite applications for a Communications Assistant to assist with the BARS Blog and social media for a period of one year tenable from June 2022. We are looking for someone with previous experience of using blogs and social media for academic purposes. This position is paid an honorarium of £750 and is open to all postgraduate students and early career researchers working in Romantic Studies anywhere in the world. This role will require around 1-2 hours per week.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Leading and contributing to the BARS Blog series ‘On This Day’ and ‘Archive Spotlight’
  • Proposing and curating new blog posts/series
  • Delivering an active and strategic social media presence
  • Attending online meetings with members of the BARS Executive Committee

The successful applicant will work closely with the Communications Officer, Anna Mercer, the Blog Editor, Emily Paterson-Morgan, and the BARS Digital Events Fellow Francesca Killoran.

This post is an excellent career-development opportunity for a PhD student or early career researcher. You will have the chance to develop valuable skills in the field of scholarly communications and to contribute to the BARS postgraduate community. You will gain valuable skills (website management, content creation and digital communications) which will be …read more


BARS Digital Events – Romantic Theatre Studies – State-of-the-Field and New Ways Forward

By Jack Orchard

For anybody who missed our BARS Digital Event, Romantic Theatre: State-of-the-Field and New Ways Forward – you can now catch up on the whole thing on the official BARS Youtube channel. The seminar built on the research and teaching experience of five speakers operating in four national contexts (Ireland, Italy, UK, USA) to draw a tentative map of the evolving domain of Theatre Studies from a transdisciplinary and multinational perspective. Each panellist presented their present and future engagement with Romantic Theatre Studies by way of their research projects and current scholarship. Among the topics discussed in this seminar: Theatre and Disability, Theatre Econom(etr)ics, Theatre and Celebrity, Theatre and Gender, Opening the Romantic Theatre Canon. Issues of pedagogy and stage revival were addressed as well, with Romantic Theatre in the classroom, on stage and in the canon. Two speakers shared their experience as major EU-funded awardees, addressing the call of/for public-facing humanities and Theatre Studies. Speakers included Sarah Burdett (The University of Warwick), Helen Dallas (University of Oxford), Essaka Joshua (The University of Notre Dame), David O’Shaughnessy (NUI Galway), Francesca Saggini (University of Edinburgh).

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BARS/NASSR 2022 Registration Now Open

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By Anna Mercer

2-5 AUGUST 2022

Registration is available here.

Please remember that to attend the conference, you should be a member in good standing of either or both BARS and NASSR. You can join here.

And we have developed a joint membership option, including a subscription to European Romantic Review, available here (scroll down for the ‘bundled’ option).

In addition to separate sections for registration, accommodation, and the conference dinner, we have offered a ‘Full Monty’ option including all of the above. This is because the booking system is unaccountably set up to make you otherwise register and pay separately per option. If you are booking, for example, the conference dinner for more than one person, you will also have to fill in separate questionnaires for all attendees. Accommodation is ensuite and includes breakfast Tuesday-Friday (if you stay for the Friday night, unfortunately there is no catering available on Saturday morning). More information on how to access your campus accommodation will be available nearer the start of the conference. Please note we cannot process registrations over the phone. We recommend using Google Chrome to access the registration site. …read more


An Illustrated Antislavery Song: Music with a Mission?

By katiesnow11

by Rachel Cross

Rachel Cross is a PhD candidate at Cardiff University whose area of research is Victorian illustrated songs. Her work investigates how the intersections between the three media of illustration, text and music reveal new insight into key issues of the Victorian period. She started her journey to this fascinating topic through music; initially studying piano, strings, and the theory of music, she gained diplomas in piano teaching and in the theory and criticism of music. Going on to study English at undergraduate and master’s levels, she focused particularly on the interrelations between text and illustration. She teaches about the relationships between text and illustration to undergraduates and has spoken about Victorian illustrated songs at several symposiums and conferences.

Illustrated songs were pervasive in the print culture of the nineteenth century: it is estimated that between 80,000 and 100,000 pictorial music titles were published in England between 1820 and 1885 alone. (1) They were popular in both America and Britain and were to become even more widespread with the rise of vaudeville (in the States) and music hall (in Britain) towards the end of the century. American and British songs traversed the Atlantic, bought largely by bourgeois families for …read more


John Clare: Melodys of Earth and Sky

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

A CD album of new music and poetry readings is released on 25 March by NMC recordings.

BAFTA Award-winning actor Toby Jones reanimates the nineteenth-century poet John Clare through his poems and prose, and these readings are interweaved by nine creative transcriptions from Clare’s book of traditional fiddle tunes – conceived for clarinet and violin by composer Julian Philips.

This is the final element of an Arts Council England-funded project initially intended for a bicentenary celebration of Clare’s Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery (1820), led by Simon Kövesi at Oxford Brookes University.

To find out more and buy the CD, click here.

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