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The British Association for Romantic Studies 16th International Conference



Thursday 25 - Sunday 28 July 2019




East Midlands Conference Centre


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We look forward to welcoming you to the East Midlands, where the historic city of Nottingham is located among the heartlands of British Romanticism. Newstead Abbey was Byron’s ancestral home; Sherwood Forest was re-imagined as the meeting place of Richard I and Robin Hood in Scott’s Ivanhoe; and the Cromford Mills are a living monument to Richard Arkwright, whose inventive development of spinning mills and power looms was an integral strand of the Industrial Revolution.

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The BARS 2019 conference will explore the potency of ‘fact’ and 'fantasy’ both in the Romantic period and during the afterlife of Romanticism. The aim is to develop a collective understanding of how Romantic ‘fact’ and ‘fantasy’ work together and against one another, and in so doing embody the spirit of an age whose inventions and innovations laid the foundations for modernity while simultaneously exulting the power of the imagination and its creations.



East Midlands Conference Centre
Beeston Lane
The University of Nottingham

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 15901