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About This Volume

This volume begins to unpack the relationships among the three terms of its title. Despite its air of neutrality, 'secularism' is increasingly understood to have its own interests, particularly when it comes to defining and managing the 'religious.' And, thanks to its constitutive relationship to modernity, romanticism is invested in secularism, not least in those moments typically coded as 'spiritual' or 'religious.' Cosmopolitanism, too, bears a vexed relationship to a period typically associated with nationalism. Finally, secularism and cosmopolitanism are themselves related in surprising ways, both historically and conceptually. Do they pursue the same project? Do they diverge? How and when? And how does romantic writing figure such alignments?

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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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