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Ripley, "Introduction: Editing Blake"

This essay examines the historical and technical difficulties of editing William Blake, surveying the key problems of textual and visual representation between the mid-nineteenth and early twenty-first century. This essay appears in _Editing and Reading Blake_, a volume of _Romantic Circles Praxis Series_, prepared exclusively for Romantic Circles (http://www.rc.umd.edu/), University of Maryland.

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Fuller, "Modernizing Blake's Text: Syntax, Rhythm, Rhetoric"

This essay discusses the various difficulties of all methods of presenting Blake's text arguing that all forms, including facsimile and apparently purist letterpress, involve characteristic misrepresentations. It then argues the positive value of modernizing punctuation. Helping the reader to understand Blake's syntax releases attention to other expressive aspects of poetic form, particularly rhythm and the quasi-musical structures of Blake's rhetoric.. This essay appears in _Editing and Reading Blake_, a volume of _Romantic Circles Praxis Series_, prepared exclusively for Romantic Circles (http://www.rc.umd.edu/), University of Maryland.

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Responses to and Adaptations of Frankenstein in Film and Elsewhere

August, 2002

Responses to and Adaptations of Frankenstein in Film and Elsewhere

A Selective Chronological Bibliography
taken from the NASSR-L discussion list, September 1999
Compiled by Melissa J. Sites
for Romantic Circles Scholarly Resources

Latest Updates: December 1999

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The State of Things: Olaudah Equiano and the Volatile Politics of Heterocosmic Desire

The essay explores the notion of masochist nationalism through a reading of a brief passage in Equiano's Interesting Narrative in which Equiano engages with a young Musquito man named George. Equiano's attempt to convert George is tied to a mutual reading of Fox's Book of Martyrs which posits a community of aggrieved souls who will enact vengeance on the slave holders and on those who sanction slavery. The argument pays particular attention to how Equiano figures George in a complex economy of humiliation and revenge. This revenge becomes highly sexualized when Equiano shifts his allusions from Fox's Book of Martyrs to The Book of Judges. From this point onward Equiano's text is thoroughly involved in a series of rape fantasies which have important nationalist implications. Ultimately, the essay suggests that Equiano's most radical gesture in this scene is to stage politics from the ground of the object, but it also demonstrates how such a politics is susceptible to unforeseen consequences.
January 2006

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Hamilton, "Post-Secular Conviviality"

The article reviews the philosophical importance of conversation and its attendant virtue of conviviality for the theory of knowledge. It argues that to appreciate the crisis Romanticism encountered in trying to maintain enlightened philosophical conversation in a colonial era can usefully inform discussions of secularism in the post-colonial age. This essay appears in _Romanticism, Secularism, and Cosmopolitanism_, a volume of _Romantic Circles Praxis Series_, prepared exclusively for Romantic Circles (http://www.rc.umd.edu/), University of Maryland.

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Ferguson-Wagstaffe, "'Points of Contact': Blake and Whitman"

This essay seeks to reopen a transatlantic dialogue between Blake and Whitman, and illuminate a material point of contact (Whitman’s tomb)through a close reading of these poets’ rhetorical points of contact. The author focuses on Blake's engraving, 'Death's Door,' which served as a model for Whitman's tomb, Whitman’s responses to Blake in his letters and notes, their shared status as prophetic poets, and their poetics of revision. This essay appears in _Sullen Fires Across the Atlantic: Essays in Transatlantic Romanticism_, a volume of _Romantic Circles Praxis Series_, prepared exclusively for Romantic Circles (http://www.rc.umd.edu/), University of Maryland.

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Sullen Fires Across the Atlantic: Essays in Transatlantic Romanticism

"Points of Contact": Blake and Whitman

Sarah Ferguson-Wagstaffe, University of Pennsylvania

  1. On September 29, 1890 Whitman enclosed a rough sketch of his tomb in a letter to his literary executor, Richard Maurice Bucke.

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