Praxis Series

Romantic Circles Praxis is a series of peer-reviewed critical volumes devoted to the field of Romanticism and its theoretical underpinnings. Closer in form to a scholarly book of essays than a critical journal, each volume in Romantic Circles Praxis Series (RCPS) explores a particular subject, figure, or theoretical approach, such as the gothic, contemporary culture, discourses of empire, and many others.

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May 2005

This collection of essays considers the importance of opera as both an essential ritual of court culture and an innovative art form with a considerable impact on period literature. Edited by Gillen D'Arcy Wood, with essays by Christina Fuhrmann, Diane Long Hoeveler, J. Jennifer Jones , Jessica K. Quillin, and Anne Williams.
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The essays in this volume evaluate the legacies of Paul de Man, who continues symbolically to embody an aspect of "theory" that resists easy routinization. Edited by Marc Redfield, with essays by Ian Balfour, Cynthia Chase, Sara Guyer, Jan Mieszkowski, Arkady Plotnitsky, Marc Redfield, Rei Terada, and Andrzej Warminski.
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February 2005

This volume addresses the question of "Romanticism and the Insistence of the Aesthetic" by considering Romantic versions of the relationship between the aesthetic and power, whether as a form of violence or a force of possibility. Edited by Forest Pyle, with essays by Ian Balfour, David Ferris, Karen Swann and a response by Marc Redfield.
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January 2005

This volume brings together recent and more seasoned Blake scholars to explore how new media provides another mode of inquiry into Blake's complex verbal and visual texts. Edited by Ron Broglio, with essays by David M. Baulch, Marcel O'Gorman, Nelson Hilton, Joseph Byrne, Adam Komisaruk, Steven Guynup, and Fred Yee.
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February 2004

A look at book-culture and bibliomania in early 19th-century England, as seen through emerging genres such as the familiar essay, and the formation of private libraries as personal sites of collection and memory. Edited by Ina Ferris, with essays by H. J. Jackson, Ina Ferris and Deidre Lynch.
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October 2003

July 2003

Looks at the influence of Romanticism on poets writing today, presenting three divergent analyses of five contemporary poets. Includes contributions from both Romanticists and critics of modern (and postmodern) poetry. Edited by Lisa M. Steinman, with essays by Charles Altieri, Robert Kaufman, and Ellen Keck Stauder.
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June 2003

Essays focusing in on two pivotal dreams of Mary Shelley's protagonist, Victor Frankenstein, in her novel Frankenstein, offering various interpretations, found in the book and its many adaptations, including film. Edited by Jerrold E. Hogle, with essays by Anne Williams, Matthew VanWinkle, John Rieder and Marc Redfield.
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January 2003

An electronic version of an interview with Morris Eaves, Robert Essick, and Joseph Viscomi, editors of The Blake Archive, on the 10th anniversary of its founding. With topics of conversation running the gamut from the winsome (Blake kitsch) to the peculiar (hypothetical extensions of Blake's canon). Edited by Kari Kraus.
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August 2002

Obi
A volume devoted to the Romantic-era play Obi; or, Three-Finger'd Jack, about escaped slave/rebel Jack Mansong. Includes text of both pantomime and melodrama, and video from a modern production. Edited by Charles Rzepka, with essays by Peter Buckley, Jeffrey N. Cox, Jerrold E. Hogle, Robert Hoskins, Debbie Lee, and Charles Rzepka.
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June 2002

An interview with noted Romanticist Jerome Christensen, presented in the form of a multi-linked site organized around a constellation of "common topics" found in Christensen's work. Offers a revised transcript, and audio files. Edited by Steven Newman.
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February 2002

Essays that examine teaching Romanticism in the context of popular culture, and a debate entitled "Presentism versus Archivalism." Edited by Laura Mandell and Michael Eberle-Sinatra, essays by Phillip Barrish, Ron Broglio, Jay Clayton, Jon Klancher, Jerome McGann, David Simpson, Atara Stein, Gregory Tomso, Ted Underwood.

November 2001

A look at the role of the natural world in the works of Romantic writers in the wake of the French Revolution, positing the proto-ecological argument that all living beings are full participants in the progress of liberty. Edited by James McKusick, essays by Kurt Fosso, Timothy Fulford, Kevin Hutchings, Timothy Morton, Ashton Nichols, and William Stroup.
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May 2001

A reading of Shelley's interventionist poetry of 1819-20-including his satires The Mask of Anarchy and Swellfoot the Tyrant-as provocations, dialectical interventions, and pretexts for speculation. Edited by Michael Scrivener, with essays by Samuel Gladden, Robert Kaufman, and Mark Kipperman, with responses by Steven E. Jones.
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March 2001

An investigation into the scientific thought of Romantic writers, looking at the Romantics' conflicted attitudes toward Enlightenment-based science, and offering speculative explorations of their work in the framework of more recent scientific developments. Edited by Hugh Roberts, essays by Arkady Plotnitsky and R. Paul Yoder.
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November 2000

Essays devoted to English India as it appears in Romantic studies, and the institutional effects of colonial discourse. Edited by Daniel J. O'Quinn, essays by Siraj Ahmed, L. M. Findlay, Daniel J. O'Quinn, Rita Raley, Susan B. Taylor, and Kate Teltscher.
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April 2000

Readings of Jane Austen and Romanticism, and their influence on each other. Edited by William Galperin, essays by George Levine, Michael Gamer, Deidre Lynch, Susan J. Wolfson, Adam Potkay, and William Walling.
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January 2000

An examination of the works of Friedrich Schelling, one of the three major figures in the philosophical and aesthetic history of the Romantic period, and important influence on Coleridge. This volume looks particularly at Schelling's writings on freedom. Edited by David S. Ferris, essays by Jan Mieszkowski, David S. Ferris, and David L. Clark.
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November 1999

A retrospective volume looking at how the poems of the Lyrical Ballads continue to be important and relevant, especially with respect to American writers and readers. Edited by Marcy L. Tanter, essays by Joel Pace, Charles Rzepka, and Elizabeth Fay.
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August 1999

Both "irony" and "clerisy" emerge into peculiar discursive prominence during the Romantic era. This volume shows how these two seemingly heterogeneous strands of Romantic discourse come to be linked, and play upon each other. Edited by Deborah Elise White, with essays by Adam Carter, Charles Mahoney, Linda Brigham, and Forest Pyle.
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A debate on the question of aesthetics and the uses of pleasure in Romanticism, looking at the role of affective experience in aesthetic judgment and the production of meaning, as played out in the interior and social worlds. Edited by Karen Weisman, with essays and responses by Theresa Kelley and Thomas Pfau.
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February 1999

A study of Romantic legal discourse-especially the evolving concepts of intellectual property, blasphemy, sedition, and treason-as a history of textual hermeneutics, a trajectory of misinterpretation and reinterpretation. Edited by Michael Macovski, with essays by Margaret Russett, Susan Eilenberg, Michael Scrivener, and Kathryn Temple.
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April 1998

Looks at Romantic women writers' attitudes towards love, particularly as impacted by gender and tradition-inscribed relations, countering the transcendence of love implicit in theories of the sublime. Edited by Elizabeth Fay, essays by Adela Pinch, Jeffrey Robinson, Charles Rzepka, Andrew M. Stauffer, & Nanora Sweet.
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August 1997

Re-assesses Shelley's early verse, showing that, far from being mere juvenilia, it offers an aesthetics of excess and a politics of resistance that provides access to the early Regency culture, as well as to Shelley's art and thought in general. Edited by Neil Fraistat, with essays by Linda Brigham, William Keach, Timothy Morton, and Donald H. Reiman.
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An interview of W. J. T. Mitchell with Orrin N. C. Wang. Includes Mitchell's unconventional answers/narrative—his "Romantic Education"—as well as an equally unconventional gloss by Wang, entitled "The Sorrows of Young Wieboldt."
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