CFP: Table Talks 3 – New Approaches to Romantic Studies and Youth

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Thursday 16th December 2021

‘Table Talks’, interactive workshops linked to the AHRC-funded project ‘The Romantic Ridiculous’, will continue in 2021 with a mixture of lightning talks, Q&A, and conversation – this time with a focus on Romantic Studies and the idea of ‘youth’, broadly considered.

Join Dr Andrew McInnes and Dr Rita Dashwood for an exploration of Romantic-period childhood, adolescence, experience, and silliness.

We seek close readings of any aspect of ‘youth’ related to Romanticism. This might include, but is not limited to:

  • Representations of children, childhood, youth, and adolescence
  • Representations of innocence and experience
  • Silliness in the Romantic period
  • Literature aimed at children, including poetry and drama, as well as texts about children and childhood, including medical, philosophical, and conduct books

We invite postgraduate and early career researchers to pitch a literary text to close read alongside our selections. This close reading does not have to be linked to ‘The Romantic Ridiculous’ project but should lead to a discussion of a new perspective on Romantic Studies and society.

We have 5 x £100 bursaries for successful pitches. A virtual reading pack will be sent out before the event and successful applicants will be expected to lead an informal discussion of their chosen text.

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CFP (BARS/NASSR): New Romanticisms

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Tuesday 2nd – Friday 5th August 2022

‘New Romanticisms’ invites explorations of both the concept of newness in and about the Romantic period and new approaches to Romantic Studies today. The title for the conference also plays on the term ‘New Romantics’, referring to post-punk bands of the late 1970s and 1980s influenced by Romantic-period aesthetics, especially ‘dandy’ fashions (roughly equivalent to ‘new wave’ artists in America). The conference organisers are therefore particularly interested in responses to the call for papers which think about Romantic legacies and receptions in music, theatre, pop culture, and beyond. We would also welcome areas of research distinct from literary and cultural studies, which might include, but is not limited to: art history, material culture, cultural heritage, public engagement, and knowledge exchange.

This conference has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and, therefore, its focus on the new feels more urgent than ever. What does it mean to study Romanticism today? How can Romantic Studies appropriately and effectively respond to current debates about the relevance and future of Higher Education, social justice, climate change, and contemporary culture more generally? Papers reflecting on the pressures on research, teaching, and service intra- or post-pandemic are particularly welcome. The conference …read more


CFP: The Shelley Conference

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

#Shelley200: Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Final Years and Afterlives

Friday & Saturday 8-9 July 2022, The Nightingale Room at Keats House, Hampstead, London

In 1818, the Shelleys exchanged their settled life at Albion House in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, for an Italian exile—a period distinguished by remarkable productivity and artistic achievement. To commemorate the bicentenary of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s death on 8th July 1822, the Shelley Conference 2022 will centre on the final two years of the poet’s sojourn in Italy. Beginning with the summer of 1820, the last twenty-four months of Shelley’s life were populated by brilliance. Within that short lease fall such works as Prometheus Unbound, Swellfoot the Tyrant, ‘Letter to MariaGisborne’, ‘Witch of Atlas’, Epipsychidion, Adonais, the late lyrics, ‘A Defence of Poetry’, accomplished translations, andThe Triumph of Life.

The Shelley Conference will celebrate the achievements of a major Romantic poet, but also his various afterlives. We invite papers on Shelley’s last two years in Italy (his work, thought, life, friendships, and reading), but also on matters of Shelleyan reception: Shelley editing, and networks of influence, including the political, the musical, and the visual.

The conference will be in person and in the beautiful surroundings of Keats House Museum in Hampstead, North London. Proposals …read more


The Meeting project – John Clare – new music

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The final element of the ‘The Meeting’ 1820 anniversary project at Oxford Brookes University is now freely available online, here.

Towards the bottom of that page you will find a series of audio recordings entitled “melodys of earth & sky”: new musical compositions by Julian Philips, in dialogue with new readings of Clare by Toby Jones.

Julian’s ‘creative transcriptions’ are rewritings of tunes from Clare’s own versions of folksongs. Clare read and wrote music, and played the fiddle. Julian’s reimaginings of these tunes put the violin of Ionel Manciu in playful, sportive dialogue with the clarinets of Kate Romano. In further thematic, tonal conversation with these new instrumental songs, are a selection of poems, performed by Toby Jones, and chosen by Julian and SImon Kövesi.

An album (CD and other media) will be released by the NMC record label in the autumn. This project was made possible by funding from Arts Council England, the John Clare Society and Oxford Brookes University.

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Wordsworth Winter School, 14–19 February 2022

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The Wordsworth Winter School is coming back! Join us at Rydal Hall in the heart of the Lake District, 14–19 February 2022, for a week of lectures and seminars exploring the theme of ‘Wordsworth and Storytelling’. As always, there will be cakes, challenging minds, congenial company . . . and the incomparable landscape.

We will investigate how the poet told stories of himself and of historical and imaginary characters through the lenses of literary style, history, biography, and influence. Texts to be studied encompass Lyrical Ballads, Peter Bell, The Excursion, The White Doe of Rylstone, The Prelude, and more.

The celebrated poet Sean O’Brien will be giving a reading of his poems in response to Wordsworth’s stories.

Registration will open in the autumn on the Winter School’s website.

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CFP: De Quincey at 200

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The Jerwood Centre at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, 13–14 May 2022

Keynote Lecture by Robert Morrison (Bath Spa University, British Academy Global Professor)

Deadline for proposals: 15 November 2021

In September and October 1821, the London Magazine published a remarkable text. Republished as a book in 1822, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater: Being an Extract from the Life of a Scholar was an instant sensation, launching its writer, Thomas De Quincey, on a long and richly varied career in literature. Negotiating between London and the Lakes, between prose and poetry, and between a dizzying range of discourses and disciplines, the Confessions invented the genre of addiction literature and redefined what it meant to write Romantic prose. Above all, through his Confessions, De Quincey asserted himself amongst the Lake Poets, particularly situating himself alongside and against Wordsworth and Coleridge.

To mark this singular text’s bicentennial, we invite papers for an international conference on De Quincey, his Confessions, and the Lake Poets. Suggested topics include:

• De Quincey on the Lake Poets/the Lake Poets on De Quincey

• De Quincey’s later oeuvre

• The literature of addiction

• Romantic (auto)biography

• The Confessions at 200 in light of other Romantic bicentennials

• Romantic essay writing: Charles …read more


On This Day in 1821 – Shelley, Byron, and Leigh Hunt’s The Liberal

By Anna Mercer

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 26th of August 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of the letter from Percy Shelley to Leigh Hunt which launched the collaboration between himself, Hunt, and Byron on the periodical The Liberal. Veteran ‘On This Day’ writer and Percy Shelley scholar Ana Stevenson takes this occasion to discuss the relationship between the three men, and the personal and professional frictions which their collaboration provoked.

On This Day in 1821 – Shelley, Byron, and Leigh Hunt’s The Liberal

by Ana Stevenson

He [Byron] proposes that you should come out and go shares with him and me in a periodical work, to be conducted here; in which each of the contracting parties shall publish all their original compositions, and share the profits.

Percy Bysshe Shelley to Leigh Hunt, 26th of August 1821

On this day 200 years ago, Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote to Leigh Hunt to suggest they work on a new periodical in collaboration with Lord Byron: The Liberal. There are uncertainties regarding whose idea it was – some say that Byron vaguely suggested the project …read more


A Short Judges’ Report on the 2021 BARS First Book Prize

By Matthew Sangster

(Derived from the remarks delivered at the ceremony on August 19th at the Romantic Disconnections/Reconnections Conference.)

Awarded biennially for the best first monograph in Romantic Studies, for the current round the prize was open to first books published between 1 January 2019 and 1 January 2021. The judges for the current round were, in alphabetical order, David Fallon, Tess Somervell, and Angela Wright. Francesca Saggini chaired the panel.

The judges received 17 submissions, 12 of which were considered eligible. The remaining books were considered ineligible due to language (not in English) or as being outwith the current cut-off date of the Award.

First of all, we must say that the judges were impressed by the overall high level of originality and by the interdisciplinarity of all the submissions. Here we would like to commend all the researchers for the unfailingly high level of their scholarship. The competition was incredibly high spirited in this round as we immediately realised that some of the nominated books in 2021 would provide a very strong contribution to Romantic Studies not only now but also in the years to come.

It was a very tough job for the judges to narrow down the …read more


CFP: Radicalism and Reform

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The 43rd Annual Conference of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association
Rochester, New York, March 16-19, 2022

Inspired by the history of radicalism and reform in Rochester, New York, the NCSA committee invites proposals exploring the radical possibilities of the nineteenth-century world. From the aftershocks of the French and American revolutions to mutinies and rebellion in colonies across the globe, the nineteenth century was a period of both unrest and possibility. Abolition, suffrage, and reform movements reshaped prisons, education, and housing, marking this century as a period of institutional making and unmaking: a reckoning with ills of the past that was also profoundly optimistic about a more just and prosperous future.

Radicalism is also a generative term for considering transitional moments or social tensions: “radical” is often used interchangeably with “extreme,” but its earliest definitions describe not what is new or unusual, but what is foundational or essential. “Radical” is used to describe literal and figurative roots: the roots of plants, roots of musical chords, and the roots of words. To be radical is to embody tensions between origins and possibilities: to be anchored in what is foundational while also holding the potential for paradigm-shifting change. We welcome papers that consider these tensions in nineteenth-century …read more


William and Dorothy Wordsworth: A Late Summer Seminar

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

3-4 September 2021 on Zoom

The Wordsworth Conference Foundation is delighted to announce its online Late Summer Seminar! Make sure that you register online at Eventbrite to join the free Zoom event on September 3-4.

Following the interruption to the annual Wordsworth Winter School and Wordsworth Summer Conference caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Wordsworth Conference Foundation is delighted to present a short programme of lectures and talks on Zoom, as a trailer for the resumption of the programme of events in 2022. The Wordsworth Winter School, hosted and directed by Peter Dale and Brandon C. Yen, will return to Rydal Hall for the week 14-19 February 2022, and the Wordsworth Summer Conference will once again happen at Rydal Hall on 8-18 August 2022.

For further details and registration, please click here.

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