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John Thelwall: Critical Reassessments

About this volume


This volume of Romantic Circles Praxis Series includes an editor's introduction by Yasmin Solomonescu, and essays by Nicholas Roe, Mary Fairclough, Molly Desjardins, Emily B. Stanback, Steve Poole, Angela Esterhammer, and Patty O'Boyle.

Capitalizing on the conjunction of renewed scholarly interest in Thelwall and new archival finds, this collection of essays addresses the central question of the coherence and continuity of Thelwall’s diverse pursuits—literary, political, scientific, therapeutic, elocutionary, and journalistic—across the four decades of his career (c. 1790-1830), and provides new insight into Thelwall’s eclipse and persistence in the nineteenth century.

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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

Yasmin Solomonescu is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. She is currently completing a monograph entitled The Correspondent Flame: John Thelwall and the Reformist Imagination that examines the creative triangulation of science, politics, and the imagination in Thelwall’s works. She is also co-editing, with Judith Thompson and Michael Scrivener, an edition of Thelwall’s novel The Daughter of Adoption; A Tale of Modern Times (1801) for Broadview Press.

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Nicholas Roe is Professor of English Literature at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His publications include Wordsworth and Coleridge. The Radical Years (1988), in which 'Citizen' John Thelwall features prominently. He is also the author of John Keats and the Culture of Dissent (1997) and  Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt (2005). His edited books include Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Sciences of Life (2001), Leigh Hunt: Life, Poetics, Politics (2003) and English Romantic Writers and the West Country (2010). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a Trustee of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and The Wordsworth Trust.

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Mary Fairclough is a senior lecturer in English literature at the University of Huddersfield, UK. She has published articles on Romantic period literature and culture in Literature Compass, Romanticism, and Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN), and is currently working on a book project entitled Contagious Sympathy: the crowd, the press and the nation 1750-1850.

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Molly Desjardins is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Northern Colorado. She is currently working on a study of public intellectualism and the discourse of intelligence in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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Emily B. Stanback is doctoral student at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. She has essays in Grasmere 2009: Selected Papers from the Wordsworth Summer Conference, the forthcoming volume Disabling Romanticism, and a forthcoming issue of Literature Compass. Her dissertation explores Romantic depictions of impairment and is tentatively titled “Of Johnny’s Wit and Johnny’s Glory: British Romanticism and the Politics, Aesthetics, and Philosophy of Disability.”

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Steve Poole is Reader in social and cultural history at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and the director of the university's Regional History Centre. His publications on popular radicalism in the Hanoverian period include The Politics of Regicide in England, 1750-1850: Troublesome Subjects (Manchester University Press, 2000) and he is editor of John Thelwall: Radical Romantic and Acquitted Felon (Pickering and Chatto, 2009) and Captain Swing Reconsidered: Forty Years of Rural History from Below (Southern History Society, 2010).

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Angela Esterhammer holds a Chair in English Literature at the University of Zurich. She has recently published Romanticism and Improvisation 1750-1850 (2008) and co-edited the essay collection Spheres of Action: Speech and Performance in Romantic Culture (2009). Her current research examines interrelations among improvisational performance, print culture, periodicals, and fiction during the 1820s.

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Patty O'Boyle has taught in England, Singapore and Hong Kong. Her PhD thesis was Staging Imagination: Transformations of Shakespeare in Wordsworth and Coleridge (Durham University, 2009). She has written papers on John Thelwall, Romantic Shakespeare, Coleridge and Wordsworth. Her article “Coleridge, Wordsworth and Thelwall’s ‘The Fairy of the Lake’” was published in 2006.

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