The Boston Area Romanticist Colloquium is no longer active. Many thanks to all who supported and participated in this group over the years. This page exists as a record of the group’s programming.

In Spring 2021, we co-hosted with the University at Buffalo a series of conversations convened by Patricia A. Matthew: “Race, Blackness, and Romanticism: Dialogues.” These featured conversations with Simon Gikandi (Princeton) and Lisa Lowe (Yale); Peter Brathwaite (Actor/Baritone) and Paterson Joseph (Actor/Playwright/Writer); Christienna Fryar (Goldsmith’s University, London) and Jessica Marie Johnson (Johns Hopkins); and April 21: Marcos Gonsalez (Adelphi University) and Travis Chi Wing Lau (Kenyon College).

These conversations were related to an upcoming Special Issue Prof. Matthew is editing for Studies in Romanticism, which came out in Spring 2022. At the time of the “conversations,” Patricia A. Matthew was 2020-2021 Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar University at Buffalo and Associate Professor of English Montclair State University.


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); 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); and lunch-time lecture and conversation by Prof. James Uden (BU, Classics) about his recent book Spectres of Antiquity: Classical Literature and the Gothic, 1740-1830.



BARC was a friendly organization of teachers, scholars, and other interested parties who meet regularly to discuss Romantic Literature and its legacies. BARC was 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 history of this group, please email

The Boston Area Romanticist Colloquium was 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.