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‘On This Day’ BARS Blog Series

April 2, 2016 - April 19, 2024

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This is a new series of posts on the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) Blog curated by Anna Mercer (University of York). The series began in July 2015, and was inspired by the popularity on Twitter of the ‘OnThisDay’ hashtag, featured by the Romanticism accounts @1815now and @Wordsworthians. As we reach the bicentenaries of many Romantic events, the series aims to present a catalogue of #OnThisDay posts that relate to events happening exactly 200 years ago. The premise of the blog is to give readers a snapshot of 1815/1816 in 2015/2016 (and on into 2017 and beyond), specific to a particular month or even a particular day. Contributions are welcome from anyone interested in the period. The aim is to publish at least one blog every month, and so far there have been 10 blogs by 6 different contributors. Existing blog topics range from discussions of particular letters by Romantic authors and incidentally the works they refer to (including, for example, the Shelleys, Charles Lamb, and Coleridge), to wider discussions on the 1816 as ‘the year without a summer’.

The blog can be seen here:

The blog series is curated by Anna Mercer (University of York), and overseen by Matthew Sangster (University of Birmingham), the administrator of the BARS blog.

Blogs have already been contributed by:

Fabio Camilletti (University of Warwick)
Katherine Fender (University of Oxford)
Eleanor Fitzsimons (independent scholar; writer, journalist and researcher)
Lucy Hodgetts (University of York)
Anna Mercer (University of York)
Matthew Sangster (University of Birmingham)

Future blogs will include posts by David Higgins (University of Leeds) and Elizabeth Bobbitt (University of York). We are always looking for more contributors; students or more established academics are all welcome to submit a piece. The blogs are read and (if necessary) edited by Anna Mercer and/or Matthew Sangster prior to posting, and any changes are always made with agreement from the original author.


April 2, 2016
April 19, 2024
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York, United Kingdom


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