Studies in Romanticism

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

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 1, Spring

A "Huge Colossal Constable": Liberalism and International Law in Joseph Fawcett's the Art of War
THE LATE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY DISSENTING MINISTER JOSEPH FAWCETT IS a neglected progenitor of the English Romantic movement. A close friend of William Godwin and a member of the radical circle that included such figures as William Blake and Mary Wollstonecraft,...
"All Is Leaf": Difference, Metamorphosis, and Goethe's Phenomenology of Knowledge
All things created would seem, in a way, to be purposeless, if they lacked an operation proper to them; since the purpose of everything is its operation [Omnes res creatae viderentur quodammodo esse frustra, si propria operatione destituerentur, cum...
Essence, Gender, Race: William Blake's Visions of the Daughters of Albion
1 ORIGINALLY PRODUCED IN 1793, VISIONS OF THE DAUGHTERS OF ALBION has become one of Blake's most widely read and interpreted prophecies. Critical interpretations range from the historical to the rhetorical and figurative, the psycho-sexual, the...
"Fanciful Devotion": Ritualization in Scott's Old Mortality
RITUALS AND RITUALISTIC BEHAVIORS PERVADE OLD MORTALITY, THOUGH curiously for a novel depicting religious strife, few have an explicit or official sacramental purpose. From Old Mortality's endless pilgrimage restoring Covenanter gravestones to Alison...
Is There a Bull in This Nation? on Maria Edgeworth's Nationalism
OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES MARIA EDGEWORTH HAS BEEN RECOVERED for the history of British novels as the inaugurator of the Irish national tale, a sub-genre that facilitated the tradition's transformation in the early nineteenth century. The strand of...
The Mapping of Meaning in Wordsworth's "Michael": (Textual Place, Textual Space and Spatialized Speech Acts)
THIS PAPER IS THE SECOND OF TWO PIECES CONCERNED WITH THE APPLICATION of speech act theory to the critical analysis of draft materials. (1) Whereas the first paper explored the differences between a speech act in the world, a speech act for the literary...
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