Please join us for a lunch-time lecture and conversation by Prof. James Uden (BU, Classics) on March 1, 2021, at 12 pm, via Zoom. Prof. Uden will discuss his recent book Spectres of Antiquity: Classical Literature and the Gothic, 1740-1830 (Oxford University Press, 2020).

This event is free and open to the public: register here.

Also this Spring we are happy to announce a series of conversations organized and hosted by Patricia A. Matthew: “Race, Blackness, and Romanticism: Dialogues.”

The dialogues will be at 12 noon each day on Zoom. Registration is free, but required: here.

March 10: Simon Gikandi (Princeton) and Lisa Lowe (Yale)

March 24: Peter Brathwaite (Actor/Baritone) and Paterson Joseph (Actor/Playwright/Writer)

April 14: Christienna Fryar (Goldsmith’s University, London) and Jessica Marie Johnson (Johns Hopkins)

April 21: Marcos Gonsalez (Adelphi University) and Travis Chi Wing Lau (Kenyon College)

These conversations are related to an upcoming forum Prof. Matthew will edit for Studies in Romanticism.

Patricia A. Matthew is 2020-2021 Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar University at Buffalo and Associate Professor of English Montclair State University.

The series is sponsored by BARC and the Boston University Center for the Humanities, in conjunction with the University at Buffalo, including the College of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Institute, and James H. McNulty Chair of English Myung Mi Kim.


Past BARC events have included a two-day symposium, Romanticism In a New Key: A Symposium in Honor of Jerome McGann; a one-day symposium, Romanticism in the Atlantic World; lectures by Patricia A. Matthew (Montclair State); Anahid Nersessian (UCLA); Ian Duncan (UC-Berkeley); Alan Richardson (Boston College); Deidre Shauna Lynch (Harvard University); seminars led by Emily Rohrbach (U-Manchester) and Sara Guyer (U-Wisconsin); and a roundtable, “Teaching Romantic Lyric,” with Charles Mahoney (University of Connecticut), J. Jennifer Jones (University of Rhode Island), Emily Sun (Barnard College), and Carmen Faye Mathes (University of South Florida).



BARC is a friendly organization of teachers, scholars, and other interested parties who meet regularly to discuss Romantic Literature and its legacies. BARC is organized by a team of local Romanticists:

Joseph Rezek, Boston University
Charles Rzepka, Boston University
Jonathan Mulrooney, The College of the Holy Cross

For more information about the group, or to be added to our listserv, email

The Boston Area Romanticist Colloquium is supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities, Studies in Romanticism, the Boston University Department of English, the College of the Holy Cross, and Boston College.