Studies in Romanticism

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

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 2, Summer

Allusive Pursuits: The Song of Songs in Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey"
FOR A POET WHOSE STYLE JOHN KEATS FAMOUSLY AND JUSTIFIABLY dubbed "the egotistical sublime," (1) William Wordsworth's autobiographical narrative in the fourth paragraph of "Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey" is remarkably (and deliberately)...
David Simpson. Romanticism and the Question of the Stranger
David Simpson. Romanticism and the Question of the Stranger. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. Pp. 288. $31. Stunning in its breadth and bold in its implications, David Simpson's Romanticism and the Question of the Stranger tracks the...
Ian Haywood. Romanticism and Caricature
Ian Haywood. Romanticism and Caricature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. x+221. $95. Ian Haywood's Romanticism and Caricature is an exciting and comprehensive study ranging in its attention from John Milton's Paradise Lost and its...
Keats's Ways: The Dark Passages of Mediation and Why He Gives Up Hyperion
We could posit a desire for communication which is so strong, so idealistic and hence so frustrated, that it becomes inevitably a dream-state. --Geoffrey Hartman, "I. A. Richards and the Dream of Communication" (1) IN A JOURNAL LETTER OF DECEMBER...
Mike Goode. Sentimental Masculinity and the Rise of History
Mike Goode. Sentimental Masculinity and the Rise of History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Pp. 270. $90. cloth/$29-99 paper. In Sentimental Masculinity and the Rise of History, Mike Goode investigates the role of "feeling" history...
On Scott's Russian Shadow: Historicity in the Bride of Lammermoor and Dead Souls
The international reach and degree of influence that sir Walter Scott's Caledonian corpus exerted on the nineteenth-century novel extended not only beyond the Scottish border to Europe and America, but as far as the Russian steppe. A scene from Dead...
Paul Westover. Necroromanticism: Traveling to Meet the Dead, 1750-1860
Paul Westover. Necroromanticism: Traveling to Meet the Dead, 1750-1860. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Pp. viii+217. $95. Anna Barbauld's "Eighteen Hundred and Eleven, A Poem" (1812) speculates about a distant future...
Rowan Boyson. Wordsworth and the Enlightenment Idea of Pleasure
Rowan Boyson. Wordsworth and the Enlightenment Idea of Pleasure. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Pp. 254. $95. Could it really be that Wordsworth (not Rochester, not Byron, not Swinburne, or Stevens) is "the defining literary figure...
Stephen Hebron and Elizabeth C. Denlinger. Shelley's Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family
Stephen Hebron and Elizabeth C. Denlinger. Shelley's Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family. Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2010. Pp. 192. $35 Shelley's Ghost: The Afterlife of a Poet. Curated by Elizabeth C. Denlinger and Stephen Hebron. New...
The Poetics of the "Charmed Cup" in Felicia Hemans and Letitia Elizabeth Landon
THE MOTIF OF THE DRINKING CUP, RICH IN HISTORICAL AND LITERARY ASSOCIATIONS, has variously evoked Dionysian inspiration, rituals of libation, Christ's sacrifice, and, by extension, either pleasure or healing. Male Romantics as diverse as Sheridan,...
Unsexing Petrarch: Charlotte Smith's Lessons in the Sonnet as a Social Medium
CONSERVATIVE CLERGYMAN RICHARD POLWHELE INCLUDED CHARLOTTE Smith among "the Unsex'd Females" in his 1798 satire of women writers, failing to notice that Smith had effectively "unsex'd" herself in constructing her original Petrarchan poetic identity....
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