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Robert Bloomfield: The Inestimable Blessing of Letters

About this volume


This volume of Romantic Circles Praxis Series includes an editor's introduction by John Goodridge and Bridget Keegan, essays by Tim Fulford, Peter Denney, Ian Haywood, and Bridget Keegan.

Robert Bloomfield's letters document one artist’s struggles (and sometimes his victories) to share his unique voice and vision; the online publication of his extant letters (a companion to this collection of essays) reveals new and exciting insights into Bloomfield the artist and the man. The essays included in this collection highlight and draw attention to aspects of Bloomfield's literary production that would likely not be possible without the full access to his letters that the edition provides, and make a strong case for why Bloomfield continues to be worthy of study. They suggest how much more remains to be said about this prolific poet.

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The Romantic Circles Praxis Series is devoted to using computer technologies for the contemporary critical investigation of the languages, cultures, histories, and theories of Romanticism. Tracking the circulation of Romanticism within these interrelated domains of knowledge, RCPS recognizes as its conceptual terrain a world where Romanticism has, on the one hand, dissolved as a period and an idea into a plurality of discourses and, on the other, retained a vigorous, recognizable hold on the intellectual and theoretical discussions of today. RCPS is committed to mapping out this terrain with the best and most exciting critical writing of contemporary Romanticist scholarship.

About the Contributors

John Goodridge is Professor of English at Nottingham Trent University and the author of Rural Life in Eighteenth-Century English Poetry (Cambridge UP, 1995). He is a Fellow of the English Association, an Academic Advisor to the Robert Bloomfield Society, and Vice-President of the John Clare Society. He is the Editorial Director of Trent Editions and the General Editor of two English Labouring-Class Poets series (2003 and 2006). His new study of John Clare, Poetry and Community is forthcoming from Cambridge.

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Bridget Keegan is Professor of English at Creighton University. She is the author of British Labouring-Class Nature Poetry, 1730-1837 (Palgrave, 2008) and has edited several works including, with John Goodridge and Simon White, Robert Bloomfield: Lyric, Class, and the Romantic Canon (Bucknell UP, 2006).

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Tim Fulford is a Professor at Nottingham Trent University. He is the editor, with Lynda Pratt, of The Letters of Robert Bloomfield and his Circle and of The Collected Letters of Robert Southey (both online at Romantic Circles). His most recent monograph is Romantic Indians (Oxford, 2006).

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Peter Denney recently completed his Ph.D. in the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York. His thesis, "Silencing the Poor: Soundscape, Landscape, and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain," examined how the rise of picturesque landscape aesthetics influenced contemporary perceptions of the acoustic environment, focusing particularly on polite attitudes to the sound of plebeian culture. He is currently a Lecturer at Griffith University, Australia.

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Ian Haywood is Professor of English at Roehampton University, London. His most recent books are Bloody Romanticism: Spectacular Violence and the Politics of Representation 1776-1832 (Palgrave, 2006) and The Revolution in Popular Literature: Print, Politics and the People 1790-1860 (Cambridge University Press, 2004). He is currently working on a series of articles on Romantic-period caricature, and editing (with John Seed) a collection of essays on the Gordon Riots, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

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