This volume of the Romantic Circles Praxis Series (RCPS) is a dialogue designed as a multi-linked site and organized around a constellation of topoi, each with its own icon. It is part of the "Cameo Series" within RCPS, which features interviews with prominent Romanticists. Previous "Cameo" volumes include an interview with W. J. T. Mitchell by Orrin N. C. Wang. Please see the editor's prefatory note for more information about the interview format.
The text is encoded in HTML 4.01 Transitional according to the World Wide Web Consortium standards, featuring no frames and a limited use of tables. The sound files on this site are in .mp3 format. The site will work best with Netscape 4.0 or Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher or a comparable browser; earlier browsers may not display everything properly. Because you may enter and exit these files along multiple paths, you may need to use the back-arrow button on your browser to return to your starting point. The full text of the volume, like all hypertexts in the Romantic Circles Praxis Series, is fully searchable.
The essays and other files were marked up in HTML by Lisa Marie Rhody at the University of Maryland. The volume cover and contents page were also designed and marked up by Lisa Marie Rhody. The sound files have been recorded by Steve Newman.
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. The Romantic Circles Praxis Series was formerly known as Romantic Praxis: Theory and Criticism. The name was changed in November 1999.
Steve Newman is an Assistant Professor of English at Temple University. He is currently working on revising his dissertation on ballad collection and the institution of literature in Great Britain during the Long Eighteenth Century. An article adapted from that effort, on Allan Ramsay, lyric, and the origins of the Scottish Enlightenment is forthcoming in Modern Language Quarterly. He is also working on projects on personal statements for medical school and the relationship between undergraduate writing instruction and professional desire and on Robert Burns' self-presentation.