Reviews & Receptions

Edited by Suzanne L. Barnett, Roger Whitson, and Ross Wilson

Reviews

Dahlia Porter, Science, Form, and the Problem of Induction in British Romanticism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018). 314 pp., 13 b&w illus. (Hdbk., $99.00; ISBN 97811084189420).

Jonathan Sachs, The Poetics of Decline in British Romanticism (Cambridge University Press, 2018). 246 pp. (Hdbk., $99.99; ISBN 9781108420310).

Manu Samriti Chander, Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Global Nineteenth Century (Bucknell University Press, 2017). 125 pp. (Hdbk., $90; ISBN 0-8387-9781-0).

George Gordon, Lord Byron, Manfred (Ontario: Broadview, 2017). 138 pp. (Pbk. £14.50, ISBN. 9781554813681)
D. A. Dunkley, Agency of the Enslaved: Jamaica and the Culture of Freedom in the Atlantic World (Lexington Books, 2013). 240pp. (Hdbk., $65.00; ISBN 978-0-7391-6803-5).
Ingrid Horrocks, Women Wanderers and the Writing of Mobility, 1784-1814. (Cambridge, Cambridge UP, April 2017). 309 p. (Hdbk. $98.00; ISBN 978-1107182233).

Mary Shelley, Mathilda, ed. Michelle Faubert (Broadview Press, 2017). 208 pp. (Pbk. £14.95, ISBN 9781554812271)

Richard E. Brantley. Transatlantic Trio: Empiricism, Evangelicalism, Romanticism, Essays and Reviews, 1974-2017 (Culicidae Press, 2017). 740 pgs. (Hdbk., $79.80, ISBN: 1683150023; pbk. $42.95, ISBN: 1683150031; ebook $59.95. ASIN: B01NARHXTN.)
Devoney Looser, The Making of Jane Austen (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017). 304 pp., 23 b&w illus. (Hdbk., $29.95; ISBN 9781421422824).

Ashley Cross, Mary Robinson and the Genesis of Romanticism: Literary Dialogues and Debts, 1784–1821 (Routledge, 2017). xiii + 288 pp. (Hdbk., $140; ISBN 9781848933682).

Anthony Howe. Byron and the Forms of Thought (Liverpool UP, 2013). 205 pp., (Hdbk., $ 99.95; ISBN 978-1846319716).

D. B. Ruderman, The Idea of Infancy in Nineteenth-Century British Poetry: Romanticism, Subjectivity, Form (Routledge, 2016). 273 pp., 5 b&w illus. (Hdbk., $112.00; ISBN 9781138191853).

About Reviews & Receptions

The new Romantic Circles Reviews & Receptions section is an innovative venture in contemporary Romantic scholarship, comprising short reviews of recent work, live BookChats, BookLists, a forum for debate, and an evolving compendium of appearances of Romanticism in popular culture.

Audio

Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 (Lexington Books) and Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan)...
A conversation with Jon Klancher (Carnegie Mellon University) about his text, Transfiguring the Arts and Sciences: Knowledge and Cultural Institutions in the Romantic Age (Cambridge UP, 2012...

Book Chats

Romantic Circles BookChat: Michael Gamer's Romanticism, Self-Canonization, and the Business of Poetry, hosted by Kirstyn Leuner

Kirstyn Leuner (Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University) hosts a chat with Michael Gamer (Professor, University of Pennsylvania) to discuss his new book Romanticism, Self-Canonization, and the Business of Poetry (Cambridge Studies in Romanticism, 2017). Their guests are Jeffrey N. Cox (Professor, University of Colorado Boulder), Devin Griffiths (Assistant Professor, University of Southern California), and Devoney Looser (Professor, Arizona State University). Prof. Gamer apologizes for the occasional technical difficulties, since he conducted the chat while staying in a guest house in Dorset with iffy wifi.

Romantic Circles BookChat: Ossianic Unconformities, by Eric Gidal

Eric Gidal, Tobias Menely, and Theresa Kelley discuss Ossianic Unconformities: Bardic Poetry in the Industrial Age (U of Virginia P, 2015); Moderated by Jesse Oak Taylor.

 

 

Romantic Circles BookChat: Romantic Globalism by Evan Gottlieb

Siobhan Carroll​, James Mulholland​, Miranda Burgess​, and Evan Gottlieb​ discuss Romantic Globalism: British Literature and Modern World Order, 1750-1830 (Ohio State UP, 2014); Moderated by Roger Whitson.

This marks the first ever Romantic Circles Reviews and Receptions BookChat.

BookLists

Rowan Rose Boyson collects and discusses seven wide-ranging approaches to the subject of Romanticism and Enlightenment:

  1. Marshall Brown, ‘Romanticism and Enlightenment’ in The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism, ed. by Stuart Curran, 2nd edn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)
  2. Simon Swift, Romanticism, Literature and Philosophy: Expressive Rationality in Rousseau, Kant, Wollstonecraft and Contemporary Theory (Continuum, 2009)
  3. Frances Ferguson, Pornography: The Theory, or what Utilitarianism did to Action (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004)
  4. Nancy Yousef, Isolated Cases: Anxieties of Autonomy in...

Robert Mitchell collects and discusses eight wide-ranging approaches to the subject of Romanticism and the Sciences:

  1. Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1998)
  2. Alan Bewell, Wordsworth and the Enlightenment: Nature, Man, and Society in the Experimental Poetry (New Haven, Yale University Press, 1989)
  3. Georges Canguilhem, “The Living and its Milieu,” Grey Room 3 (2001): 7-31
  4. Michel Foucault, Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the College de France, 1977-78, trans. G. Burchell; ed. M. Senellart (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)
  5. Denise Gigante, “The Monster in...

This list will seem noticeably familiar to many.  And that appears to be the point.  If there ever was a primal scene for Romanticism and theory, especially in the way it was staged within North America, the 1970s would be the name for it.  Explicitly confronting or implicitly shadowboxing with that decade’s critical disposition still colors our critical endeavors more than forty years afterward, from New Historicism in the 1980s to contemporary interventions of the New Materialisms and the Affective Turn.

Digital Scholarship Reviews

Laila Ferreira

University of British Columbia

“Should work really be such fun?” asks Jennie Batchelor, lead researcher of The Lady’s Magazine: Understanding the Emergence of a Genre project (“The Monster”). In posing this question, Batchelor points to the myth of the isolated struggle and subsequent seriousness of...