Studies in Romanticism

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

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 3, Fall

Burke, Paine, and the Newspapers: An "Archaeology" of Political Knowledge 1789-93
The MURTHER took place at four o'clock this morning, and was conducted in the most private manner. The Guillotine was erected in ya court of the Temple--a hole was dug in it, into which the King's head fell, and his body precipitated afterward .......
Division below the Surface: Olaudah Equiano's Interesting Narrative
To write history is so difficult that most historians are forced to make concessions to the technique of legend. --Erich Auerbach, Mimesis NEARLY EVERY MATERIAL FEATURE OF OLAUDAH EQUIANO'S 1789 MEMOIR is, as it happens, interesting--not least so,...
Joanna Baillie's Reflections on the Passions: The "Introductory Discourse" and the Properties of Authorship
IN 1800, SARAH SIDDONS PLAYED THE FEMALE LEAD, LADY JANE, IN JOANNA Baillie's new play, DeMonfort. This turn of events was no doubt gratifying to Baillie not only because of her friendship with Siddons, but because Siddons was the foremost actress...
Lionel Trilling and the End of Romanticism
IN HIS WELL-KNOWN PREFACE TO THE LIBERAL IMAGINATION (1950) LIONEL Trilling notes that John Stuart Mill, "at odds with Coleridge all down the intellectual and political line, nevertheless urged all liberals to become acquainted with this powerful conservative...
Necessary Evils: Unitarian Theodicy in "The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere"
What we have most to dread, is the almost irrecoverable debasement of our minds by looking off from God, living without him, without a due regard to his presence and providence, and idolizing ourselves and the world, considering other things as proper...
"The Child of a Fierce Hour": Shelley and Napoleon Bonaparte
IN SHELLEY: THE PURSUIT, RICHARD HOLMES DISCUSSES A "DIFFICULT" August 1815 letter from Percy Shelley to his friend Thomas Jefferson Hogg. (1) Holmes finds this letter "difficult" because Shelley's remarks on the "final denouement of the Napoleonic...
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