A Checklist of Critical Publications on John Clare, 2001-2010

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This list of about 330 main items supplements my earlier checklist covering 1970-2000, partly published in this journal in volumes 18 (1999) and 19 (2000), and more fully in the essay collection John Clare: New Approaches (2001) and on the John Clare Page (www. johnclare.info). This was designed to supplement the standard Clare bibliographies by H. D. Dendurent (1978) and Barbara Estermann (1985). Online information sources have grown exponentially since the millennium and can be an invaluable time-saver, but no electronic database covers the expanding field of Clare studies, and the present list is based as much on searching books and journals, and talking to scholars, as it is on the brave new world of the web browser and Literature Online.

Since my purpose is to track critical writings on Clare, including biographical and historical scholarship, I have not listed editions, fugitive publications, creative, journalistic, personal and autobiographical responses in a comprehensive way, though these areas are sampled where they have some critical content, contribute to general Clare scholarship, or reflect potentially important changes in perceptions of Clare. Critical introductions to editions are listed, as are review essays and some more substantial reviews (other reviews are selectively summarised under the reviewed item's entry). Citations to reference volumes are not exhaustive. Indeed, some of the areas given limited coverage here would probably be better served by having their own dedicated bibliographical resources, for example the creative responses to Clare across several disciplines. I document quite a number of these from the last few years, since their recent proliferation seems to be a notable phenomenon in Clare's reception-another reason they need their own dedicated coverage, perhaps organised within disciplines, like Keri Davies's recent list of musical settings of Bloomfield (see the Robert Bloomfield Society Newsletter, numbers 16-17, 2008-2009).

The present list is arranged chronologically by year and should enable readers to see how Clare criticism and its supporting scholarship have developed through the decade. There are four sub-sections for each year: (a) books, pamphlets and journal 'special numbers' relating to Clare, (b) articles, chapters, notes and queries, (c) scholarly theses (mainly Ph.D. dissertations) and (d) the John Clare Society Journal (my integrated 30-year index to the Journal is separately available as a pamphlet and online at www.johnclare.info). Materials from the John Clare Society Newsletter and John Clare Society of North America Newsletter are selectively included under (b), mainly brief critical comments and queries or reports of events where otherwise unpublished critical ideas may have been aired. Items are not usually dated, since the year-by-year ordering makes this unnecessary. I have not listed Clare-centred websites. The two most rewarding of these are Roger Rowe's John Clare Blog and Simon Kövesi's John Clare Page, supplemented by the websites of the John Clare Society itself, and the John Clare Society of North America.

Warm thanks to Greg Crossan for kindly making available his '2000-2004' update, which I have collated against my own list, and for extensive help with checking for errors (those that remain are mine alone, of course). Grateful thanks also to the many people who have helped, including Jane Bonneil, Paul Chirico, Stephen Colclough, John Coletta, Tim Fulford, Nick Groom, Bob Heyes, Sarah Houghton-Walker, Bridget Keegan, Simon Kövesi, John Lucas, Jim McKusick, Scott McEathron, Susan Oliver, Val Pedlar, Simon Sanada, Kelsey Thornton, Emma Trehane, Sam Ward, John Wareham and Sarah Zimmerman. Apologies if I have overlooked anyone or anything, as I surely have. Corrections and additions will be gratefully received and included in future updates. Please e-mail them to john.goodridge@ntu.ac.uk, or write to me at Nottingham Trent University. …