Utopianism and Joanna Baillie

About This Volume

This volume of Romantic Circles Praxis Series includes an editor's introduction and an essay by Regina Hewitt, as well as essays by Thomas McLean, Robert C. Hale, William D. Brewer, and Marjean D. Purinton.

This volume contextualizes work by and work about Joanna Baillie with respect to revisionist thinking about utopianism. Since utopianism has become a positively valued concept within sociological, legal, and other fields, its implications for an understanding of Baillie's approach to social change/social problems, as well as for an understanding of scholarship recovering Baillie for contemporary purposes, deserve to be explored.

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About the Romantic Circles Praxis Series

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 mo st exciting critical writing of contemporary Romanticist scholarship.

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About the Contributors

Regina Hewitt is Professor of English at the University of South Florida. Her research explores the sociological dimensions of Romantic-era literature and the use of literature for social change. Her books include Symbolic Interactions: Social Problems and Literary Interventions in the Works of Baillie, Scott, and Landor (Bucknell UP, 2006) and The Possibilities of Society: Wordsworth, Coleridge, and the Sociological Viewpoint of English Romanticism (SUNY P, 1997). She also serves as Co-Editor of the European Romantic Review.

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Thomas McLean is Lecturer in English at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He is editing the Further Letters of Joanna Baillie for Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. His work also appears in JEMCS, Keats-Shelley Journal, and Victorian Poetry.

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Robert C. Hale is Associate Professor and Department Chair of English at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. He has published articles on Wordsworth and mothers, The Prelude, and Lyrical Ballads.

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William D. Brewer is Professor of English at Appalachian State University. His recent publications include The Mental Anatomies of William Godwin and Mary Shelley (Fairleigh Dickinson Press, 2001) and an edition of William Godwin's St. Leon (Broadview Press, 2006). He is also the general editor of The Works of Mary Robinson (Pickering & Chatto, forthcoming).

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Marjean D. Purinton is Professor of English and Associate Dean of the University Honors College at Texas Tech University. A member of the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy, Purinton also teaches in the Women's Studies Program. She is the author of numerous publications on British Romantic drama and about teaching British Romantic drama.

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