CFP – Byron: Poet and Reader

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

47th International Byron Conference

26 June – 3 July, 2022

The A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences & The Maxim Gorky Institute of Literature and Creative Writing.
Moscow, Russia

The theme of this conference is “Poet & Reader”, where Byron himself might be perceived as an acute
and genuine reader of texts composed in different modes and languages. There are also readers of Byron,
who were inspired by the poet’s brisk and alluring verse style and his commitment to liberty and freedom.
Famous writers, revolutionaries, philosophers, historians, artists, composers, travelers, and inventors
belong to the international community known as Byron’s readership. Some of them claimed that they had
learned English in order to read Byron in the original. Special attention will be given to the Russian
reception of Byron and his works.

The conference organisers welcome 20-minute papers on topics including, but not necessarily limited to:

  • Byron as an avid reader
  • Poets as readers and readers as poets (i.e. Byron, Goethe, Pushkin, Mickiewicz,
    Lermontov, Merezhkovsky, Rimbaud)
  • Byron and various scholarly theorists (i.e. Bakhtin, Foucault, Umberto Eco)
  • Reading Byron as an Orientalist
  • Byron for Western and Eastern readers
  • Byron and scientific literature
  • Byron, libraries and archives
  • Byron reading women and women reading Byron
  • Byron’s take on history and on historical figures
  • Philosophers, artists and composers as Byron’s …read more


Queen Caroline in Caricature – August 1821

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By Dr Fallon

Caroline’s Death and an Unpublished George Cruikshank Image

Figure 1. George Cruikshank, Vox Populi, Vox Dei. Unpublished design for a caricature on the violence at Queen Caroline’s funeral. Berg Collection, New York Public Library. Author’s photograph.

Queen Caroline’s death was as controversial as her life. After more than a year of political upheaval and unprecedented media attention, Caroline passed away on 7 August 1821, aged 53. The medical cause of death was a digestive blockage, but Caroline’s followers saw things differently. In their eyes, she had died of a broken heart, the victim of a government-led campaign of persecution and vilification. She was the ‘injured’ queen to the very end. Only weeks earlier, on 19 July, Caroline had been barred from attending George IV’s coronation in Westminster Abbey, and this definitively un-queenlike humiliation was widely believed to have hastened her rapid demise, especially as she was already a weakened figure. The coronation debacle was the climax of a sustained propaganda counter-offensive which followed her stunning triumph in late 1820 (see the ‘November 1820‘ blog). When Caroline failed to seize the political moment and bring the government down, her enemies made a concerted effort to shift public opinion against her by dwelling …read more


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


CFP: Global Blake: Afterlives in Art, Literature and Music, Deadline 30 September 2021

By Jack Orchard

Cfp: Global Blake: Afterlives in Art, Literature and Music

11-13 January 2022, Online at the University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Luisa Calé, Stephen F. Eisenman and Linda Freedman

In recent years an exciting, new body of work, including Blake, Modernity and Popular Culture (2007), Blake 2.0: William Blake in Twentieth-Century Art, Music and Culture (2012), William Blake and the Age of Aquarius (2017), William Blake and the Myth of America (2018), and The Reception of William Blake in Europe (2019), has emerged around the posthumous reception of the artist and poet, William Blake. From almost complete obscurity following his death in 1827, Blake has become one of the most important figures in British cultural life. What is less understood, outside certain pockets such as the USA and Japan, is the significance of Blake elsewhere in the world.

Today, Blake’s global presence cannot be underestimated. The aim of this project is to showcase the wide variety of global ‘Blakes’ (after Morris Eaves’s “On Blakes We Want and Blakes We Don’t”, 1995, and Mike Goode’s “Blakespotting”, 2006) and to provide an overview of the appropriations and rewritings as well as examples, that fall into three categories: art, literature and music. It will …read more


CFP: : Literary Women: Global Encounters, Interventions and Innovations, 1750-1830 (***Deadline extended to 31st March 2022***)

By Jack Orchard

CFP: Literary Women: Global Encounters, Interventions and Innovations, 1750-1830 , Special Issue of The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture

(*** Deadline extended to 31st March 2022 ***),

Guest Editors:

Dr Yi-cheng Weng (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)

Dr Gillian Dow (University of Southampton, UK)

The previous decades have seen the publications of stimulating and ground-breaking works that seek to recuperate and reconsider British women writers of this period. Literary criticism and feminist literary history have celebrated the existence and achievement of women writers, and shown that they were crucial participants in facilitating changes, transitions, and innovations in social and cultural movements, as well as literary styles.

This special issue, the first to focus on women’s writing in The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture, isscheduled to be published in June 2023. We invite essays of 6000-10000 words, that explore the diversity of women’s writing in the latter half of the long eighteenth century, when – in Britain at any rate – women writers were entering the literary marketplace in increasing numbers. Inspired by past scholarship on women’s writing, and especially narratives about women’s roles as negotiators and innovators that have consistently shaped our understanding of their work, the editors are keen to take advantage of …read more


1820: Aesthetics, Politics, and the Legacies of Romanticism, 29 October 2021

By Jack Orchard

1820: Aesthetics, Politics, and the Legacies of Romanticism: A Stuart Curran Symposium

Postponed from the bicentennial year of 2020; now to be held on Zoom on October 29th, 2021

Zoom link and registration details to be shared soon – check back to or email

9:30 a.m. EST Introductory remarks: Neil Fraistat (Maryland), President of the Keats-Shelley Association of America

9:45-11:15 a.m. EST

On Keats’s Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems

Elizabeth Fay (University of Massachusetts), Feeling Snaky: Fantasms, Potheads, and the Object of Desire

Olivia Moy (CUNY), “Dulcísima Isabel!” “Mi adorada Fanny”: Julio Cortázar’s 1820 Keats

Karen Swann (Williams), “stubborn and volatile”: Keats’s Angelus

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. EST

On Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound with Other Poems

Julie Camarda (Rutgers), Shelley’s “Uncommunicated Lightning”

Yohei Igarashi (Connecticut), The Calculating Principle: Indexing Shelley

William Keach (Brown), The Politics of Hope, Shelley, 1820

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EST

After 1820 : On the afterlives and reverberations of 1820

Bakary Diaby (Skidmore), After Breaking the Period

Lindsey Eckert (Florida State), Keats and Book Historical Poetics

Eric Eisner (George Mason), Recent American Poetry after Keats (and vice versa)

Emily Sun (Barnard), Isabella’s Echoes

Orrin Wang (Maryland), Keats, Shelley, and the Parallax View

4:00-4:30 EST Virtual Tour of the Houghton Library exhibition “1820: Keats, …read more


Mary Wollstonecraft and Dissent, 30 April 2022

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By Jack Orchard

Mary Wollstonecraft and Dissent

A celebration to mark the anniversary of Wollstonecraft’s birth.

Save the Date: Saturday 30 April 2022.

Confirmed Speakers: Sandrine Berges, Emma Clery, Alan Coffee, Hannah Dawson, Laura Kirkley, Susan Manly, Catherine Packham, Bee Rowlatt, Kandice Sharren, Janet Todd, Roberta Wedge, and Daisy Hay, who will be discussing her new group biography of Dissenting London, Dinner with Joseph Johnson: Books and Friendship in a Revolutionary Age (Chatto & Windus).

Newington Green Meeting House, the oldest Non-Conformist place of worship in London, has re-opened following extensive renovation sponsored by the National Heritage Lottery Fund. This beautiful historic building has relaunched as an accessible heritage space dedicated to the legacy of the Dissenters at the birthplace of feminism. Mary Wollstonecraft established a school for girls at Newington Green in 1784, and gained inspiration and support from activists and intellectuals settled in the neighbourhood, including such Dissenting luminaries as Richard Price and Anna Letitia Barbauld.

The main venue will be confirmed following a review of health guidelines, but the Newington Green Meeting House, in London N16, will remain the focus of the proceedings.

The event will include free historical walking tours around Newington Green and Stoke Newington, birthday cake, and more…

Organised by …read more


EHU Nineteen Research Centre Launch

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

EHU Nineteen: Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Edge Hill University is celebrating its launch in 2021!

Join us to discuss the future of nineteenth-century studies (and our Centre’s role in it)!

Meet our new research fellows, sponsored by us, the Wilkie Collins Journal, and BARS/BAVS!

Chat with leading international scholars in our live Q&A!

Further details and bookings here.

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