The BARS Review, No. 58 (Spring 2022)

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By Matthew Sangster

Castle of Lerici: the ruined castle at a cliff, with a small temple on top right of the wall, birds flying around; trees in the foreground; four boats sailing in Gulf of Spezia on the left; mountains in the background; after Hakewill; scratched letter state. c.1817-1820. © The Trustees of the British Museum. Reproduction used under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.

We are glad to announce the publication of the most recent issue of The BARS Review (No. 58, Spring 2022). The issue contains twelve reviews of recent scholarly work within the field of Romanticism, broadly conceived. Five of the reviews comprise a ‘spotlight’ section on ‘Romantic Variations’.

The individual reviews are detailed below; all reviews are openly available in html and .pdf through The BARS Review website, and a compilation of all the reviews in the number can be downloaded as a .pdf.

If you have comments on the new number, or on the Review in general, we’d be very grateful for any feedback that would allow us to improve the site or its content. As always, Mark Sandy would be very happy to hear from people who would like to review for BARS.

Editor: Mark Sandy (Durham University)
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CFP – Science and/or Poetry: Interdisciplinarity in Notebooks 

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Lancaster University – 26-27 July 2023

What role do notebooks play in the shaping of literary and scientific history? How and why should difficult-to-decipher manuscripts be interpreted, particularly when their contents cross genres, disciplines, and time periods? What is the relationship between poetry and science in notebooks? This two-day conference hosted by Lancaster University’s Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Davy Notebooks Project ( will question the nature of notebooks, considering how this complicated yet rich form constitutes both literary and scientific identities.

The Davy Notebooks Project is an ongoing effort to create an online, free-to-access digital edition of chemist and poet Sir Humphry Davy’s (1778-1829) surviving notebooks, which number around seventy-five in all. These manuscripts are especially interesting thanks to the wide range of genres they encompass, containing records of scientific experiments, poetry, geological observations, travel accounts, personal philosophy, and more. While Davy’s notebooks provide a starting point for our shared investigations, we hope this conference will include a broad range of speakers on the use and meaning of notebooks.

Paper topics may address but are not limited to:

•     Notebooks as a form or tool for thinking through experiments or works

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North-West Long Nineteenth-Century Seminar

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Manchester University is hosting 2 events for this seminar series.

Join on campus or online, Wednesday 2nd November, for a special Halloween hybrid edition of the North West Long Nineteenth-Century Seminar, organised by members of the Long Nineteenth-Century Network at Manchester Metropolitan University. Tickets here.

The you can join on campus on Thursday 3rd November for a workshop with the editorial team of the internationally acclaimed academic journal Gothic Studies. The official journal of the International Gothic Association (IGA), this journal covers the field of Gothic studies from the eighteenth century to the present day, providing an international platform for dialogue and cultural criticism in the sphere of Gothic from within every period and media form. This workshop has been jointly organised by the Long Nineteenth-Century Network and the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. This workshop is intended for PGR/ ECR. Tickets here.

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Call for applications: Carr-Thomas-Ovenden Fellowship in English Literature at the Bodleian Library

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The Bodleian Libraries are now accepting applications for Visiting Fellowships to be taken up during academic year 2023-24. Fellowships support periods of research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries, across a range of different subjects. Of particular interest might be the Carr-Thomas-Ovenden (emphasis on Romanticism) Fellowship. Recent research topics include ‘William Blake’s Apprenticeship’, ‘The Specter of Pandemic: Mary Shelley and Post-Apocalyptic Political Thought’ and ‘Gothic Images: Illustration in the English Gothic Novel, 1764–1830′.

Details of the Fellowship terms and application process can be found on the Fellowships webpage: Bodleian Visiting Fellowships | Bodleian Libraries (

Applications for these Fellowships should be made by the deadline of Friday 2 December 2022, 5pm GMT.

For further information, please email:

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The BARS Examiner: Amber Williams on Mr Malcolm’s List – Regency rom-com or subversive satire?

By Amy Wilcockson

In this, our first The BARS Examiner piece, Amber Williams reviews and questions the film Mr Malcolm’s List. If you would like to review a theatre production, film, podcast, or exhibition for the new blog series, The BARS Examiner, drop us an email!

This family-friendly Bridgerton, director Emma Holly Jones’s debut feature film, is a triumph that fits perfectly within the landscape of the Regency-inspired movies and shows that are currently popularised in entertainment. According to Bustle, ‘Inspired by watching Hamilton on Broadway, filmmaker Jones was reportedly keen for a racially diverse cast, especially for its key roles’. Although it may appear that Jones was also inspired by Bridgerton, the Netflix/Shondaland creation was actually released a year after Jones directed a 10-minute short of Mr Malcolm’s List, a short film released by Refinery 29 that became its most watched instalment of the Shatterbox anthology series. Even the setting of the short film reflects the diversity that Jones aimed for and achieved in the feature film, with all outside scenes filmed on location at Kenwood House, home to Dido Elizabeth Belle in the late 1700s. Notoriously hard as it is to get period pieces produced in Hollywood, the full-length …read more


Teaching Romanticism XXXV: Teaching Social Justice

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By danielcook As part of this ongoing series on Teaching Romanticism we will consider the ways in which we lecture on and discuss individual authors, whether during author-specific modules or broader period surveys. We thought it would … Continue reading …read more


Teaching Romanticism XXXV: Irish Romanticism, part 2

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By danielcook As part of this ongoing series on Teaching Romanticism we will consider the ways in which we lecture on and discuss individual authors, whether during author-specific modules or broader period surveys. We thought it would … Continue reading …read more


Teaching Romanticism XXXV: Irish Romanticism (#2)

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By danielcook As part of this ongoing series on Teaching Romanticism we will consider the ways in which we lecture on and discuss individual authors, whether during author-specific modules or broader period surveys. We thought it would … Continue reading …read more


BARS Digital Events 2022-23 Season

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By Matthew Sangster

Get your free tickets for the next season of BARS Digital Events! Please book for each individual event you’d like to attend via Eventbrite – click on the links below to go to the booking pages.

Twitter: @BARS_DigiEvents


Reconfiguring the Sublime: Romanticism’s EcoGothic Waters

Thursday 3rd November 2022 – 5pm to 6:30pm UK Time

From Lord Byron’s ‘Thunderstorm on the Alps’ to Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound, Romantic writers have often extolled the beauty of mountains – their crucial role in an experience of the sublime. But how do rivers, oceans, and other bodies of water engender the sublime? How does the inherent fluidity of water inform ecocritical perspectives? This roundtable proposes that the emergence of an aquatic sublime, which destabilises narrative, social, and metaphysical expectations, can be traced back to the Romantic Gothic. Exploring the elusive, ambivalent Gothic nature of bodies of water, we theorise the emergence and legacies of a water-bound approach to the sublime, following in on Hester Blum’s theorisation of the oceanic as distinct from ‘landlocked perspectives’.

Speakers: Madeline Potter (Edge Hill University), Giulia Champion (University of Warwick/Edinburgh Napier University), Roslyn Irving (University of Liverpool and XJTLU), Dorka …read more


On This Day in 1822 – Lord Byron’s The Vision Of Judgement and The Liberal

By Francesca Killoran

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.

The BARS ‘On This Day’ series brings you Almudena Jimenez Virosta’s discussion of Lord Byron’s The Vision of Judgement which was first published on this day in the first edition of The Liberal.

Today marks the bicentenary of two events: the publication of Lord Byron’s The Vision of Judgement, and of The Liberal – the very first issue of the periodical in which the poem first appeared. Edited by Leigh Hunt and founded by Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, the radical journal was short-lived from the beginning, especially given Shelley’s demise three months earlier in July 1822. However, in only four volumes, The Liberal housed significant pieces for Romantic Studies, such as Shelley’s translations from Faust, included in this issue, and William Hazlitt’s My First Acquaintance with Poets, in the third. According to Mary Shelley’s reporting to Edward Trelawny in May 1823, this issue was enjoyable:

'I had no opportunity to send you a second No. of the Liberal [...] the third number has come out, and we had a copy more