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McLean, "One from Many: A New Chronology of Joanna Baillie's Letters"

Since the 1999 publication of _The Collected Letters of Joanna Baillie_, some two hundred new letters have been located. This chronology orders all known Baillie letters and provides more accurate dates and identifications for many of the previously published letters.

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Sociopolitical (i.e., Romantic) Difficulty in Modern Poetry and Aesthetics

This essay traces the ways that Romantic poetics and aesthetics bequeath certain problems of difficulty that emerge full-blown in Modernism proper. The essay identifies and reconsiders a number of issues around the question of "difficulty" that are simultaneously poetic, theoretical, and sociopolitical. The essay's discussions range from Kant and the Romantic poets, through the Frankfurt School and its afterlives in contemporary critical-theoretical writings, to recent poetry and cinema. Among the questions the essay pursues (from a perspective at once aesthetic and sociopolitical) is whether Romantic notions of difficulty taken up by modern art can help us evaluate whether the apparent difficulties of a given piece of contemporary critical or theoretical writing is necessary or justified or whether, on the other hand, it is simply obscure, over-complicated, and/or poorly written (and hence impedes, or renders itself irrelevant to, attempts to put literary-aesthetic materials and experiences into engagement with social, historical, and political reality).
July 2003

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Mieszkiowski, "Patriot Acts: The Political Language of Henrich von Kleist"

In a reading of Kleist's *The Battle of Hermann*, Mieszkowski argues that the notion of linguistic self-affection is central to the Romantic understanding of patriotism. From this perspective, the very idea of devotion to community must be rethought in terms of one's capacity to execute a uniquely disruptive set of verbal acts. This essay appears in _Romanticism and Patriotism: Nation, Empire, Bodies, Rhetoric_, a volume of _Romantic Circles Praxis Series_, prepared exclusively for Romantic Circles (http://www.rc.umd.edu/), University of Maryland.

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Wang, "Introduction"

An introduction to the volume's topic, Romanticism and Patriotism, and to the volume's essays' diverse contribtutions to this theme. This essay appears in _Romanticism and Patriotism: Nation, Empire, Bodies, Rhetoric_, a volume of _Romantic Circles Praxis Series_, prepared exclusively for Romantic Circles (http://www.rc.umd.edu/), University of Maryland.

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O'Rourke, "Introduction"

O'Rourke asked a diverse group of professors of Romanticism what might look like the most routine pedagogical question: How do you teach the Ode on a Grecian Urn? The energy and ingenuity with which the contributors to this volume addressed this question gives some sense of the range and the subtlety of the ways in which the enigmas that Keats confronted in a silent urn are being recreated in American (and Australian) classrooms. This essay appears in _Ode on a Grecian Urn: Hypercanonicity & Pedagogy_, a volume of _Romantic Circles Praxis Series_, prepared exclusively for Romantic Circles (http://www.rc.umd.edu/), University of Maryland.

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Thomson, "Teaching Keats's 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' in New Zealand"

Thomson argues for the productivity of teaching Keats's Ode on a Grecian Urn in a context which emphasizes Keats's poetics of encounter and the passionate intensity which characterizes these encounters. Those encounters are studied in lectures and tutorials which explore Keats's literary and cultural context, in particular early nineteenty-century public access to works of art. This essay appears in _Ode on a Greican Urn: Hypercanonicity & Pedagogy_, a volume of _Romantic Circles Praxis Series_, prepared exclusively for Romantic Circles (http://www.rc.umd.edu/), University of Maryland.

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