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A note on the cover: The images in the cover montage are derived from other Websites. The calvary officer with raised sword, poised above a member of the crowd at St. Peter's Field on the day of the infamous Peterloo Massacre, is extracted from a larger rendering of the massacre available at the Chadderton Historical Society Website on their excellent Peterloo Massacre page. The images underneath the former consist of three renderings of Caroline of Brunswick, reputedly by Issac Cruikshank, previously available at a site devoted to the promotion of the Brighton and Hove regions of England. Finally, in the bottom right quadrant of the background is an image of a reform banner, by George Cruikshank, taken from Romantic Circles's own electronic editon of William Hone's The Political House that Jack Built, edited by Kyle Grimes.
For other images and information associated with the trial of Queen Caroline and the Peterloo Massacre, see this volume's listing of links of interest, available from a link on the table of contents page.
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.
Samuel Gladden is Assistant Professor of Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture at the Univesrity of Northern Iowa. His book, Shelley's Textual Seductions: Plotting Utopia in the Erotic and Political Works, will be published by Routledge in early 2002. His most recent publication is "'Sebastian Melmoth': Wilde's Parisian Exile as the Spectacle of Sexual, Textual Revolution" (Victorians Institute Journal 28 ). Professor Gladden's current research includes work toward a new book tentatively entitled Lacunae and Textual Consummation: Absences, Openings, and Other Sexy Spaces in Nineteenth-Century England.
Robert Kaufman is Assistant Professor of English at Stanford University. He is presently completing two related studies, Negative Romanticism, Almost Modernity: Keats, Shelley, and Adornian Critical Aesthetics and Experiments in Construction: Frankfurt School Aesthetics and Contemporary Poetry; he is also at work on a third project, "Hamlet"'s Form of the Modern. His essays have appeared (or are forthcoming) in various journals and edited collections, including Critical Inquiry, American Poetry Review, Modern Language Quarterly, The Cambridge Companion to Adorno, Aesthetic Subjects, New German Critique, Monatshefte, English Literary History, and Studies in Romanticism.
Mark Kipperman is Associate Professor of English at Northern Illinois University. He is the author of Beyond Enchantment: German Idealism and English Romantic Poetry (U of Pennsylvania P, 1986), as well as numerous articles on Shelley and Byron. His most recent article is "Coleridge, Shelley, Davy, and Science's Millennium" (Criticism 40, Summer, 1998).
Michael Scrivener, who has been teaching at Wayne State University in Detroit since 1976, has published three books: Radical Shelley: The Philosophical Anarchism and Utopian Thought of Percy Bysshe Shelley (Princeton, 1982), Poetry and Reform: Periodical Verse from the English Democratic Press, 1792-1824 (Wayne State, 1992), and Seditious Allegories: John Thelwall and Jacobin Writing (forthcoming, 2001). Professor Scrivener's current research includes John Thelwall, Anglo-Jewish writing, and the politics of Romantic writing.