Thankyou to BARS members and friends for attending and now proposing events for BARS Digital Events! Get your free tickets for the next season of events below – please book for each individual event via Eventbrite, click on the title of the event to go to the booking page. Click here to see more about the BARS Digital Events Series.
As the field of Romanticism in the past few decades has broadened to allow more comedy into understandings of it, we believe it’s time for an increasing sophistication in our attention to comedy, including to its particular manifestations and embodiments, including in the zany. Building on the work of other scholars who’ve illuminated our sense of Romantic satire, theater, and other comic writing, this roundtable will focus on Zany Romanticism drawing greater attention to the ways that Romantic writers understand aesthetic production as a tense commingling of “artful play” and “affective labor.” More broadly, a commitment to examining Zany Romanticism helps bring into greater view more of the period’s various “beset agents” and their forms of often ignored or unrecognized …read more
The first event in our new season of BARS Digital Events 2021-22. As the field of Romanticism in the past few decades has broadened to allow more comedy into understandings of it, we believe it’s time for an increasing sophistication in our attention to comedy, including to its particular manifestations and embodiments, including in the zany. Building on the work of other scholars who’ve illuminated our sense of Romantic satire, theater, and other comic writing, this roundtable will focus on Zany Romanticism drawing greater attention to the ways that Romantic writers understand aesthetic production as a tense commingling of “artful play” and “affective labor.” More broadly, a commitment to examining Zany Romanticism helps bring into greater view more of the period’s various “beset agents” and their forms of often ignored or unrecognized labor.
Our speakers will be Brian Rejack (Illinois State), Rebecca Schneider (Fort Lewis College), Kate Singer (Mount Holyoke), and Michael Theune (Illinois Wesleyan University).
This free roundtable event, to be held on Zoom, gathers a distinguished line-up of Shelley scholars and editors to discuss Percy Bysshe Shelley’s textual fragments and legacy ahead of the 2022 Shelley Conference in London.
The speakers at the event will include Carlene Adamson, Nora Crook, Mathelinda Nabugodi, and Alan Weinberg. Following a stimulating roundtable discussion, the audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A session. This event will also be recorded and shared online, welcoming further discussion.
This free roundtable event, to be held on Zoom, gathers a distinguished line-up of Shelley scholars to discuss Percy Bysshe Shelley’s last lyrics, the ‘Jane Poems’, ahead of the 2022 Shelley Conference in London.
The speakers at the event will include Madeleine Callaghan, Kelvin Everest, William Keach, and Merrilees Roberts. Following a stimulating roundtable discussion, the audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A session. This event will also be recorded and shared online, welcoming further discussion.
The 19th international conference of the Gesellschaft für englische Romantik (Society for English Romanticism) will be hosted by the Chair of English Literature of the University of Augsburg and held as a residential conference at ‘Haus Sankt Ulrich’ in Augsburg. Augsburg, September 29 – October 2, 2022
Romanticism is characterized by a new understanding of nature and environment. Nature does no longer function as a mere purpose-oriented setting, but rather as an affective and emotional context of communication with the observing or experiencing subject. The numerous aesthetic ways in which this dialogical interrelationship between subjective experience and scenic object of nature is captured in Romantic literature / art makes Romanticism a ‘proto-ecological’ movement, and today, in times of a world-wide ecological and environmental crisis, Romanticism’s critical explorations of the complex interdependencies between humankind, nature, the environment and aesthetics seem to be relevant as never before. Scrutinizing Romanticism’s strong affinity towards environmental issues allows for an insight into the fragile and precarious networks between various ecosystems, human agency and (post-)industrial society in the Anthropocene.
This conference aims to address this new understanding of nature inherent to British Romanticism, explore its relevance for the discourse of environmental humanities in the twenty-first century, and also to reconsider …read more
The Pforzheimer Grants are awarded each year to support research in British Romanticism and literary culture, 1789-1832. Preference is given to projects involving authors and subjects featured in The Keats-Shelley Journal, the Association’s annual publication. Advanced graduate students, untenured faculty, and independent scholars working outside the academy are eligible. The grants do not support time off for writing or for travel to conferences.
The awards honor Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr. (1907-1996), past president, vigorous advocate, and most generous benefactor of our Association. An investment banker and philanthropist, he also served as head of The Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation, established by his parents. The Foundation has long been distinguished for funding scholarship in early nineteenth-century English literature.
The Keats-Shelley Association awarded the first Pforzheimer Grants for tenure in 2000. Our roster of winners, who have ventured as far as Ghana and Jamaica in pursuit of their subjects, continues to grow and flourish.
The deadline for 2022 awards is November 1, 2021.
Eligibility: Advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and untenured faculty.
Purpose: To provide funding for expenses related to research in the field of British Romanticism and literary culture between 1789 and 1832, especially projects involving authors and subjects featured in the Keats-Shelley Journal.
The School of Humanities and Performing Arts, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, wishes to appoint a temporary 0.4 FTE AHRC Research Assistant for 48 months to start on 1 January 2022.
As Research Assistant (AHRC) you will be expected to assist the research and editorial work of Prof Tim Fulford (De Montfort) and Dr Dahlia Porter (University of Glasgow) on their scholarly edition of the Collected Letters of the late 18th-century chemist, doctor, geologist and poet Thomas Beddoes (Cambridge, 2026).
Your duties will include researching towards biographies of correspondents and scholarly annotations, making archival visits with the editors to check transcriptions against MS letters; making and checking transcriptions, corresponding with archives, updating and ensuring the accuracy of the project’s databases and protocols; scheduling, attending and taking minutes at Advisory Board meetings; drafting promotional material for mounting on project webpages.
In your new role, you will contribute to the School’s research profile through independent research activity and deliver research findings in conference papers and peer reviewed journals.
To be successful, you will have, or be in the final stages of, a PhD in history of science or literature concentrating on the eighteenth and/or nineteenth centuries. Desirable attributes include experience with eighteenth- and/or nineteenth-century …read more
The Bodleian Libraries are now accepting applications forVisiting Fellowships to be taken up during academic year 2022-23. 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 Little Britain: Women, Genre, and Form, “A sin to make verses” The writings of Elizabeth Harcourt (1746-1826) and Percy Shelley’s Translation Practice
The next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will take place via Zoom on Friday 22 October 2021 at 17.30-19.30 London time (GMT+1). To launch our 2021-22, we are delighted to welcome the distinguished international scholar and author Professor Robert Morrison of Bath Spa University and Queen’s University, Ontario, who will deliver a paper entitled Sex and the Regency: Love, Rakery, and Respectability. This will be followed by a discussion in which questions from the audience are invited. The seminar will be chaired by Gregory Dart (University College London).
The seminar is free and open to everyone. 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, you are warmly invited to join us.
Robert Morrison is British Academy Global Professor at Bath Spa University and Queen’s National Scholar at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. He is the author of The Regency Revolution, which was shortlisted for the Historical Writers’ Association Crown Award for the best in non-fiction historical writing, and The English Opium …read more
Call for Papers for a Panel at the BARS/NASSR New Romanticisms Conference 2-5 August 2022, Edge Hill University
This panel pairs the new and growing field of Metal Studies with Romanticism, considering how Romantic themes, genres, and texts are carried across in heavy metal music and culture. We invite proposals for short papers on this theme to join our panel.
Within the past decade, Metal Studies has emerged from ‘a history of academic neglect or conflict over the value or legitimacy of metal music and its culture(s)’ into the global spotlight. Metal Studies is beginning to intermix with Romantic Studies; recently, James Rovira’s inclusion of metal as a ‘Dark Romanticism’ in the second volume of the Rock and Romanticism series indicates the potential for future work in this area. Romanticism weighs heavily upon metal, from Iron Maiden’s ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ to Metallica’s Frankenstein-inspired ‘Some Kind of Monster’. But Romanticism’s influence upon metal goes beyond lyrical allusions. Ross Wilson, in reflecting upon Kantian aesthetics and heavy metal’s indebtedness to Romantic negotiations of genre, observes that ‘Where Romanticism is often held to have inaugurated an epoch of freer artistic creation, dispensing with observance of established conventions of specific genres as a …read more