Sullen Fires Across the
Essays in Transatlantic Romanticism
About This Volume
This volume of Romantic Circles Praxis Series includes an editor's introduction by Lance Newman, essays by Joselyn Almeida, Jen Camden, Andre Cardoso, James Crane, Sarah Ferguson-Wagstaffe, Scott Harshbarger, Rebecca Cole Heinowitz, Sohui Lee, and Cree LeFavour. The volume is co-edited by Joel Pace and Chris Koenig-Woodyard.
The essays in Sullen Fires Across the Atlantic have moved beyond the simple notation of literary influence or ideological parallelism to perform a functional taxonomy of transatlantic Romanticism. Taken together, they help explain why the movement developed at different times and rates in different places around the Atlantic. Romanticism was a complex and multivalent response to, and articulation of, the combined and uneven rise of capitalist social relations. The first two sets of essays focus on literary nationalism and gender and nationalism. The third explores the rich cultural history of literary exchange between England and Latin America, pointing out new directions for the field.
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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.
About the Contributors
Lance Newman, Associate Professor of Literature and Writing Studies at California State University at San Marcos, is the author of Our Common Dwelling: Henry Thoreau, Transcendentalism, and the Class Politics of Nature (Palgrave, 2005) and editor of Transatlantic Romanticism: An Anthology of American, British, and Canadian Literature, 1767-1867 (Longman, 2006).
Joel Pace Joel Pace is Associate Professor of British and American Romanticism at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He has worked with Lance Newman and Chris Koenig-Woodyard on several scholarly projects, including Transatlantic Romanticism: An Anthology of British, American, and Canadian Literature, 1767-1867 (Longman 2006) as well as a special issue of Romanticism on the Net devoted to Transatlantic Romanticism. His first book, Wordsworth in American Literary Culture (Palgrave 2005), was co-edited with Matthew Scott. His other scholarship on Transatlantic literary relations in the Romantic period has appeared in Romantic Circles Praxis Series, Symbiosis, The Cambridge Companion to Wordsworth, and The Wordsworth Circle.
Chris Koenig-Woodyard read the Master of Studies and the Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. A former Doctoral Fellow (Oxford) and Post-Doctoral Fellow (University of Toronto) of the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada, he teaches at the University of Toronto and has taught and lectured at Oxford, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Guelph, Trent University, Morgan State University, and Wilfrid Laurier University. He is editor of Ann Radcliffe, The Italian (1797): A Critical Edition, and co-editor of Transatlantic Romanticism: An Anthology of American, British, and Canadian Literature, 1767-1867.
Joselyn Almeida is Assistant Professor of British Nineteenth-Century Literature at Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY. She has published articles on Robert Southey, James Montgomery, José Blanco White, and Latin American writers such as Francisco de Miranda and Domingo Faustino Sarmiento. She is completing a manuscript that analyzes the hybrid cultural representations that emerge from the contact between British, African, and non-Anglophone American cultures.
Jen Camden is an assistant professor of English at University of Indianapolis. Her areas of specialization include 18th and 19th century British and American literature. She is currently at work on a book on the historical romance.
James Crane teaches literature and writing at Loyola University Chicago. He is currently at work on a book based upon his dissertation, The Logic of Intimacy in Maritime Writing: Sailors, Gender, and Citizenship, 1776-1851.
Scott Harshbarger is Associate Professor of English and Hofstra Universtiy, where he teaches courses in English and American literature. He has published on Wordsworth, Hawthorne, and the history of rhetoric.
Rebecca Cole Heinowitz is Assistant Professor of Literature at Bard College. Her article "'Thy World, Columbus, Shall be Free': British Romantic Deviance and Spanish American Revolution" has recently appeared in European Romantic Review 17:2 (April 2006). Another article, "'An Empire in Men's Hearts': Helen Maria Williams's Sentimental Conquest of Peru," is forthcoming in the essay collection Connecting Continents: Britain and Latin America, 1780-1900. She is currently completing a book-length study of the figure of Spanish America in British Romantic writing.
Sohui Lee is a Lecturer at Stanford University. She has published articles on ante-bellum American literature and transatlantic culture in journals Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations and Romanticism on the Net. She is the author of the essay, "Manifest Empire: How U.S. rivalry with Great Britain shaped manifest destiny" in Romantic Border Crossings (Ashgate 2007).