Studies in Romanticism

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

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 3, Fall

Godwin's Case: Melancholy Mourning in the "Empire of Feeling"
"THERE ARE MOMENTS, WHEN ANY CREATURE THAT LIVES, HAS POWER to drive one into madness. I seemed to know the absurdity of this reply; but that was of no consequence. It added to the measure of my distraction." In his Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication...
Listening with John Clare
"SPRING IS THE POETS LUSCIOUS PRIME[,]" WRITES JOHN CLARE; "HE revels in the noise / ... & all the gushing soul of sound[.]" (1) Clare's career as a poet began in eager listening; before he was a pupil of James Thomson and William Cowper, he tells...
London Periodicals, Scottish Novels, and Italian Fabrications: Andrew of Padua, the Improvisatore Re-Membered
THERE COULD HARDLY BE A MORE THOROUGHLY FORGOTTEN TEXT THAN Andrew of Padua, the Improvisatore, a novel that appeared in London in 1820. Scarcely a sentence has been written about it by any scholar. When it is fleetingly mentioned in criticism or bibliographic...
"Parents of the Mind": Mary Wollstonecraft and the Aesthetics of Productive Masculinity
MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT'S COMPLICATED, AND AT TIMES SEEMINGLY contradictory attitudes toward sexuality remain one of the most difficult elements of her work. Critics, especially in recent years, have attempted to reconcile Wollstonecraft's critique in...
The Making of Meaning in Wordsworth's Home at Grasmere: (Speech Acts, Microanalysis and "Freudian Slips")
THE PURPOSE OF THIS ESSAY (AND OF A SECOND WHICH WILL COME AFTER it) is to revisit speech acts and their relation to literature, but to do so specifically in relation to the text in a state of process in order to develop distinctive modes of interpretation...
Vindicating Paradoxes: Mary Wollstonecraft's "Woman"
AS MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT'S SIGNIFICANCE FOR INTELLECTUAL HISTORY has grown, her salience for contemporary feminism has receded. The burgeoning scholarship on Wollstonecraft has documented her importance for understanding the intellectual ferment of the...
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