The Shelley Conference: #Shelley200 Launch

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By Anna Mercer

And we will talk, until thought’s melody
Become too sweet for utterance, and it die
In words, to live again in looks, which dart
With thrilling tone into the voiceless heart,
Harmonizing silence without a sound.

– Percy Bysshe Shelley, Epipsychidion (1821)

The Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned at sea aged just 29 on the 8th July 1822. The Shelley Conference will mark his bicentenary, celebrating the poet’s life, works, and afterlives on 8-9th July 2022.

In the build-up to the conference, the organisers (Bysshe Inigo Coffey, Amanda Blake Davis, Anna Mercer, and Paul Stephens) are excited to welcome opportunities for scholars and admirers of Shelley and his circle to join public conversations on Shelley’s final years.

In the first of a series of pre-conference events, we are delighted to announce a digital celebration marking the bicentenary of the publication of Epipsychidion in 1821.

This free roundtable event, to be held on Zoom on 20th May 2021, will invite Shelley scholars to discuss the poem and its critical legacy. The speakers will include Will Bowers, Stuart Curran, Michael Rossington, and Valentina Varinelli. The audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A session, and the event will also be recorded and shared online, …read more


BARS Digital Event: ‘Romantic Forms’

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By Anna Mercer

This roundtable explores the myriad forms in which Romantic writers wrote, connecting these to the topics and arguments found within texts. It looks at how form impacted on and was knowingly used to express ideologies and politics in texts by Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Inchbald, Frances Burney, and S.T. Coleridge.

Our speakers will include Amanda Auerbach (Catholic University), Anne-Claire Michoux (University of Zurich), Jack Rooney (Ohio State University), Shellie Audsley (University of Hong Kong), and Rebecca Musk (Lancaster University).

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2021 Keats-Shelley Prize

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Our inspiration is John Keats’ epitaph which reads: ‘Here lies one whose name was writ in water.’ This year’s Keats-Shelley Prizes are part of our wider KS200 programme, commemorating the deaths of John Keats on 23rd February 1821 and of PB Shelley on 8th July 1822.

As in previous years, the prize is divided into two competitions.

A Poetry Prize – open to all – on the theme of ‘Writ in Water’.

An Essay Prize – which we hope will be of particular interest to undergraduates and postgraduates with research interests in Romanticism.

Essays may be on any aspect of the works or lives of the Romantics and their circles. They should be no more than 3,000 words including quotations. All sources must be acknowledged.

Total Prize money £5000.

Deadline: 12th April 2021.
Our Prize Judge is the award-winning sports journalist and nature writer, Simon Barnes

Further information is available here.


You can find podcasts, articles, and playlists inspired by ‘Writ in Water’ here.

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BARS Digital Events: ‘Romanticism and the Museum’ Recording Now Online

By Anna Mercer

The recording of our most recent Digital Event, ‘Romanticism and the Museum’, is now online.

Information about the panel can be found here.

Our next event is ‘Romantic Forms’, and you can book you ticket now.

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The BARS Review, No. 55 (Autumn 2020)

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By Matthew Sangster

Map of the celestial sphere (northern hemisphere) showing various zodiacal constellations including Gemini, Leo etc, surrounded by four observatories in Rome, Bologna, Padua and Milan (1790). © The Trustees of the British Museum. Reproduction used under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.

In spite of the pandemic, the business of Romantic Studies rolls on. We are glad to announce the publication of the most recent issue of The BARS Review (No. 55, Autumn 2020). The issue contains a total of ten reviews of recent scholarly work within the field of Romanticism, broadly conceived. Five of the reviews compromise a ‘spotlight’ section on ‘Romantic Locations, Locating Romanticism’.

The individual reviews are detailed below; as always, 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. Mark Sandy would also be very happy to hear from people who would like to review for BARS.

Editor: Mark Sandy (Durham University)
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CFP: Wordsworth-Coleridge Association at MLA 2022

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Modern Language Association Convention, Washington DC, January 6-9, 2022

The Wordsworth-Coleridge Association is an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association that meets annually during the MLA Convention. Along with an annual festive lunch, the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association is allowed to propose up to two scholarly sessions. For the MLA Convention in Washington DC, proposals are invited on the following topic: Romanticism and Data.

What was “data” — and what were data — in the Romantic era? According to the OED, a “datum” is “an item of (chiefly numerical) information, esp. one obtained by scientific work,” and “something given or granted; something known or assumed as fact, and made the basis of reasoning,” both senses being in use during the period. This call is open to: different kinds of data (e.g., bibliographic, colonial, demographic, fiscal, historical, industrial, literary, personal, scientific, sensory, slave trade); techniques, media, forms, and formats of datafication; data collection projects from the period, big and small; critiques of data and dataveillance; Romantic epistemologies, epistemological hierarchies, facts, truth, and negative capabilities; documentalities, informational genres, information management, and categorizations; computational approaches (paper or electronic) to Romantic-era texts or Romantic studies over the years. Papers that explore the relationship between literature and data …read more


Job Advertisement: Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Lund University

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Joint Faculties of the Humanities and Theology have eight departments and carries out large and varied work within research and education with the purpose to understand people as cultural and social beings. The faculties have some 700 employees and around 4000 students.

The Centre for Languages and Literature at Lund University (SOL) is Sweden’s largest university department for languages, linguistics, literature and area studies. SOL provides a wide range of freestanding courses complemented with an increasing number of first and second cycle degree programmes. Housing 33 subjects and roughly the same number of PhD programmes, SOL is a solid foundation for broad and deep education and research, characterised by national and international visibility. SOL is managed by a board chaired by the Head of Department. The management also includes two assistant heads of department with special areas of responsibility. More than 250 people are employed and around 3 000 students, …read more


Hannah More and Material Culture: Call for Papers

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

A Digital Conference, 24-5 June 2021

Hannah More, one of the most prominent intellectual figures of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, left multiple material traces of her work and activities. From the buildings that housed her Sunday Schools across the Mendips, to the 1,800 surviving letters written by her in her lifetime, to the thousands of inscriptions and autographs written by her in fans’ books, to the copious knitting she produced for friends and loved ones, to the boards holding her poetry in country estates in the south west, a wealth of material evidence has survived. Little has been examined, however, or enjoyed the sort of sustained and serious investigation increasingly offered to material cultures of the eighteenth century by critics including Chloe Wigston Smith, Jennie Batchelor, Maddie Pelling, Freya Gowrley, Elizabeth Eger, Nicole Pohl, Amanda Vickery and others.

This conference, which will be held using digital technologies and platforms, seeks to address this significant gap in More scholarship and it looks to do so by taking advantage of the benefits offered by digital conferencing over face-to-face events. Therefore, contributors are explicitly invited to consider the ways in which they might make use of digital technology to make more visible, …read more


Davy Notebooks Project: Postdoctoral Research Associate Roles

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The Department of English Literature and Creative Writing is seeking to appoint a Research Associate on a full-time basis to work on the AHRC-funded Davy Notebooks Project.

You will assist the Project’s Principal Investigator (PI), Professor Sharon Ruston, and the Senior Research Associate, Dr Andrew Lacey, to work on the transcription and annotation of Humphry Davy’s notebooks using the crowdsourcing platform Zooniverse ( The final transcriptions will be published on the Lancaster Digital Library. You will also participate in the generation of new knowledge from these materials, via journal articles, public outreach activities, and conference presentations.

You will have a PhD in Literature or History concentrating on the eighteenth and/or nineteenth centuries. Direct experience with eighteenth- and/or nineteenth-century manuscripts is desirable, as are publications on or in a field related to eighteenth- and/or nineteenth-century literature and/or science. Previous editorial experience, particularly previous work on a scholarly edition, would be an advantage as would previous experience on a Digital Humanities project especially one that has applied TEI (Text Encoding Initative) Guidelines. While experience with TEI would be an advantage, full training will be given in the role. There is a specific focus on contexts of slavery and colonialism in one part of …read more