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Romanticism and Patriotism:
Nation, Empire, Bodies, Rhetoric

About This Volume

This volume of Romantic Circles Praxis Series includes an editor's introduction by Orrin N. C. Wang, essays by Francesco Crocco, Matthew C. Borushko, Daniel O'Quinn , Andrew Lincoln, Noah Heringman, and Jan Mieszkowski.

The current cretinization of public, political language is often viewed as synonomous with the discourse of patriotism. This volume begins to demonstrate how complex the vocabulary of patriotism actually is, by investigating its diverse use during the Romantic period era. Patriotic nation building is at once linked to and disarticulated from the adventures of empire, the vulgar and excremental body, the cosmopolitan imaginary, and the compulsions of language. These interstices and disconnections constitute the very recits of a material, social antagonism that enmesh us to this day.

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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 most exciting critical writing of contemporary Romanticist scholarship.

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About the Contributors

Orrin N. C. Wang teaches English and Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland. He is the author of Fantastic Modernity: Dialectical Readings in Romanticism and Theory (Johns Hopkins, 1996, 2001). He has published in such journals as Diacritics, Studies in Romanticism, MLQ, and ELH. He is the series editor of the Romantic Circles Praxis Series.

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Francesco Crocco is a Writing Fellow at Lehman College and a graduate student in the Ph.D. Program in English at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. He is currently writing a dissertation on the role of British Romantic poetry in the construction of British nationalism. He has taught literature and composition courses at Rutgers University-Newark, Baruch College, and Lehman College.

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Matthew Boruskho is a doctoral candidate at Boston University. He has published on Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his research concerns the conceptualization and representation of Necessity in Romantic literature.

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Daniel O'Quinn is the author of Staging Governance: Theatrical Imperialism in London, 1770-1800 (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2005) and numerous articles on sexuality and empire in the late eighteenth century.

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Andrew Lincoln teaches in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London. He is currently completing a book entitled Walter Scott and Modernity.

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Noah Heringman is Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has published a monograph, Romantic Rocks, Aesthetic Geology (Cornell UP, 2004), an edited collection, Romantic Science (SUNY Press, 2003), and various articles relating poetry to natural history. This is his first publication having nothing to do with rocks.

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Jan Mieszkowski is Associate Professor of German and Humanities at Reed College. He is the author of Labors of Imagination: Aesthetics and Political Economy from Kant to Althusser (Fordham UP, 2006), and has written a number of other articles about Romanticism, Idealist philosophy, and modern literature and aesthetics.

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