You can listen to Episode 1 of Season 4 of The WPHP Monthly Mercury, "'It's (A)Live!' The WPHP Monthly Mercury at New Romanticisms" and the bonus episode with Jennie Batchelor, Noah Heringman, Patricia Matthew and Andrew McInnes, and Manu Samriti Chander (our interview with Kirsteen McCue is coming soon!) on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and other podcast apps, available via Buzzsprout.

In August 2022, Kate and Kandice traveled to Liverpool for “New Romanticisms”: the joint conference for the British Association for Romantic Studies and the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism—BARS and NASSR, respectively. Our conference episode involved interviews with conference plenaries, organizers, award winners, and award facilitators, becoming what we've affectionately termed a truly Frankensteinian attempt to answer the question: What do New Romanticisms sound like?

One answer is that it sounds like even more than what you first heard in our "It's Alive! The WPHP Monthly Mercury at New Romanticisms" episode. Our conversations with the conference plenaries were delightful, brilliant, generous, and wide-ranging, and there was no way for us to include all of the recorded material in one podcast episode of reasonable length. And so we bring you this: a series of bonus episodes containing our full interviews with Jennie Batchelor, Manu Samriti Chander, Noah Heringman, Patricia Matthew and Andrew McInnes, and Kirsteen McCue.

We will be sharing them weekly starting mid-September 2023, and updating this blog post as they are released.

Bonus Episode 1: Jennie Batchelor

This episode is an interview with Dr. Jennie Batchelor, whose keynote was the BARS Marilyn Butler Memorial Lecture titled “To Rescue from Oblivion what Might Have Been Forgotten: The Lady’s Magazine and the Remaking of Romantic Literary History.” Jennie Batchelor is Head of the Department of English and Related Literature and Professor of English at the University of York.

Dr. Batchelor's most recent book, The Lady's Magazine (1770-1832) and the Making of Literary History, is available open access through the Edinburgh University Press website

Bonus Episode 2: Noah Heringman

This episode features our interview with Dr. Noah Heringman, who gave the final keynote at BARS/NASSR 2022, titled "Who has priority in deep time?" Noah Heringman is Curator’s Professor of English at the University of Missouri. He is the author of Romantic Rocks, Aesthetic Geology, Sciences of Antiquity: Romantic Antiquarianism, Natural History, and Knowledge Work, and, most recently, A Literary History of Deep Time, which came out in January 2023.

Bonus Episode 3: Patricia Matthew and Andrew McInnes

This episode is our conversation with Dr. Patricia Matthew, who gave the keynote "Confected Sentimentalism: Motherhood, Poetry, and Abolition," and Dr. Andrew McInnes, organizer of BARS/NASSR 2022: New Romanticisms. Patricia Matthew is an Associate Professor of English at Montclair State University. A founder of the Bigger Six collective, she is the author of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure (2016). Andrew McInnes is a Reader in English Literature at Edge Hill University, the co-director of the EHU Nineteen research group at Edge Hill University, and the author of Wollstonecraft's Ghost: The Fate of the Female Philosopher in the Romantic Period

You can learn more about The Bigger 6 Collective by going to their website.

Bonus Episode 4: Manu Samriti Chander

This episode is our conversation with Dr. Manu Samriti Chander, who gave the unplenary, "'Have These Gentlemen Ever Seen A Revolution?': A Provocation." He is an Associate Teaching Professor at Georgetown University. He is a founding member of The Bigger 6 Collective, and the author of Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Global Nineteenth Century

Bonus Episode 5: Kirsteen McCue

This fifth (and final) bonus episode features our conversation with Kirsteen McCue. We spoke to her the day she presented her Stephen Copley Memorial Lecture, '"Melodys of Earth and Sky": The National Air and Romantic Lyric.'  Kirsteen McCue is Professor of Scottish Literature and Song Culture and the co-director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow. Most recently, she has edited the fourth volume of the Oxford Edition of the Works of Robert Burns: Robert Burns’s Songs for George Thomson (2021) and a collection of essays titled An Orkney Tapestry (2021).


Produced by: Kate Moffatt and Kandice Sharren

Music by: Alexander Kennard, based on Ignatius Sancho's “Sweetest Bard”, A Collection of New Songs (1769) from