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Reviews & Receptions

September, 2015

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.

John Klancher on Transfiguring the Arts and Sciences: Knowledge and Cultural Institutions in the Romantic Age

A conversation with John Klancher (Carnegie Mellon University) about his text, Transfiguring the Arts and Sciences: Knowledge and Cultural Institutions in the Romantic Age (Cambridge UP, 2012).

Other participants in the interview include: Ross Wilson (University of Cambridge), Orrin Wang (University of Maryland), and Stefan Uhlig (University of California-Davis).

Jerome McGann, A New Republic of Letters: Memory and Scholarship in the Age of Digital Reproduction. Review by Brian Rejack.

Jerome McGann. A New Republic of Letters: Memory and Scholarship in the Age of Digital Reproduction (Harvard University Press, Cambridge: 2014). 256 pp. (Hdbk., $39.95; ISBN 9780674728691).

Brian Rejack
Illinois State University

Dometa Wiegand Brothers. The Romantic Imagination and Astronomy: On All Sides Infinity. Review by Kurtis Hessel

Dometa Wiegand Brothers. The Romantic Imagination and Astronomy:  On All Sides Infinity (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). 216 pp. (Hdbk. and ebook, $90.00; cloth ISBN 9781137474339, ebook ISBN 9781137474346).

Kurtis Hessel
University of Colorado Boulder

Romanticism and Enlightenment by Rowan Rose Boyson

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 Enlightenment Philosophy and Romantic Literature (Cornell University, 2004)
  5. The Sublime: A Reader in British Eighteenth-Century Aesthetic Theory, ed. by Andrew Ashfield and Peter de Bolla (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)
  6. Elizabeth Eger, Bluestockings: Women of Reason from Enlightenment to Romanticism (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
  7. Jacques Rancière’s Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art, trans. by Zakir Paul (London: Verso, 2013)

Romantic Systems

The essays in this volume probe the way that Romantic writers explored the limits and possibilities of thinking in terms of systems. The purpose of the collection is not to provide a single perspective adopted by Romantic authors, any more than it is to provide a single theoretical perspective with which to view those authors. Still, the essays do in fact collectively convey a sense that Romantic writers viewed systems with a complex mixture of skepticism, anxiety, and enthusiasm.

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