This volume of Romantic Circles Praxis Series includes an editor's introduction by James McKusick, essays by Kurt Fosso, Timothy Fulford, Kevin Hutchings, Timothy Morton, Ashton Nichols, and William Stroup.
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A note on the cover: The image used on the index page of this volume, "The Peaceable Kingdom" by Edward Hicks, is used by permission of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. This painting is one of 60 that Edward Hicks, an early American Quaker painter and minister, executed on this theme in his lifetime.
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.
Fosso is Associate Professor of English at Lewis & Clark College in
Portland, Oregon. He is the author of essays on Wordsworth and Coleridge
and is currently at work on a study of pictorial and literary representations
of animals in the Romantic era.
Fulford is a Professor of English at Nottingham Trent University in
Nottingham, England. He is the author of several books on Romanticism,
including Romanticism and Masculinity (1999).
Hutchings is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of
Northern British Columbia. Currently, he is conducting research on the
relationship between colonialism and ecology in English Romantic literature.
His book Imagining Nature: Blake's Environmental Poetics will be
published in 2002 by McGill-Queen's University Press.
C. McKusick is Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department
at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He completed his Ph.D.
at Yale University in 1984. He is the author of Coleridge's Philosophy
of Language (1986), Green Writing: Romanticism and Ecology
(2000), and Literature and Nature: Four Centuries of Nature Writing,
co-edited with Bridget Keegan (2001). He is President of the Wordsworth-Coleridge
Association and Executive Director of the John Clare Society of North
Morton is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado
at Boulder. He is the author of The Poetics of Spice (Cambridge,
2000), Radical Food (Routledge, 2000), Shelley and the Revolution
in Taste (Cambridge, 1994), Radicalism in British Literary Culture,
1650-1830 (Cambridge, forthcoming) with Nigel Smith, and Eating
Romanticism (Palgrave, forthcoming).
Nichols is Professor of English at Dickinson College. He is the author
of The Revolutionary 'I': Wordsworth and the Politics of Self-Presentation
(St. Martin's, 1998) and The Poetics of Epiphany (Alabama, 1987).
His most recent scholarly project is a hypertext resource entitled A
Romantic Natural History: 1750-1859.
Stroup is Assistant Professor of English at Keene State College in
southwestern New Hampshire. He teaches courses in British Romanticism,
Nature Writing, ecocriticism, and Nonviolence in the Literary Imagination.
He is the author of articles on Jane Austen and John Wesley and is developing
a project on the relation between ecology and nonviolence in the works
of Percy Shelley.