Studies in Romanticism

A scholarly literary quarterly focused on Romanticism and early nineteenth-century literature.

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 2, Summer

A Printing Devil, a Scottish Mummy, and an Edinburgh Book of the Dead: James Hogg's Napoleonic Complex
IN DON JUAN, BYRON MENTIONS A FRENCH JOKE THAT EXPLOITS ACCENT TO mispronounce "Wellington" as "Vilainton" and, thereby, "pun[] down to this facetious phrase" the name "France could not [] conquer." The joke, Byron shows, allows a defeated France to...
Books Received
Allen, Emily. Theater Figures. The Production of the Nineteenth-Century British Novel. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2003. $69.95 cloth/$22.95 paper. Bainbridge, Simon. British Poetry and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Visions of Conflict. New...
Composed Composers: Subjectivity in E. T. A. Hoffmann's "Rat Krespel"
1 A ROMANTIC IDEE FIXE THAT E. T. A. HOFFMANN AFFIRMS REPEATEDLY throughout his astute and often forward-looking music criticism is that music characteristically opens avenues into the sublime. This is especially the case when the music in question...
Kinship, Generation and Community: The Transmission of Political Ideology in Radical Plebeian Print Culture
THIS ESSAY WILL ARGUE THAT PLEBEIAN RADICALISM TRANSPOSED ITSELF effortlessly across the two generations usually associated with literary Romanticism. The principal vehicle of radicalism's generation was the family. It will be shown that radical families...
Pests, Parasites, and Positionality: Anna Letitia Barbauld and "The Caterpillar"
READERS WHO WERE FIRST INTRODUCED TO ANNA LETITIA BARBAULD (1743-1825) as the prudish school matron who wrote prose hymns for children and complained that Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Ancient Mariner" lacks a "moral" (1) may be surprised to find this...
Phenomenality and Dissatisfaction in Coleridge's Notebooks
THE LAST THING COLERIDGE WANTED TO BE CALLED WAS AN EMPIRICIST, yet he devoted hours of his life to minute descriptions of optical illusions, hallucinations, and sensory oddities--"spectra," as he calls them. He records occurrences as ordinary as after-images...
"To Be at Once Another and the Same": Walter Scott and the End(s) of Sympathetic Britishness
ON A MISERABLE DECEMBER DAY IN 1825, WALTER SCOTT RECORDED HIS resolve to fight his latest bout of depression "by letting both mind and body know that supposing one the House of Commons and the other the House of Peers, my will is sovereign over both."...