This volume seeks to make more visible in Romantic studies not just the ubiquitous bookishness of the period but the role of the physical book in personal and cultural identity-formations. In different ways, all three essays in the volume concentrate on how the public and national role of libaries as institutions of circulation was not only given affective charge but also often unsettled by an individual relationship to books and by the formation of private libraries as personal sites of collection and memory.
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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.
Ina Ferris is Professor of English at the University of Ottawa. Her publications include The Romantic National Tale and the Question of Ireland (Cambridge UP, 2002) and The Achievement of Literary Authority: Gender, History and the Waverley Novels (Cornell UP, 1991).
H. J. Jackson is a Professor of English at the University of Toronto, the editor or co-editor of six volumes in the standard Princeton edition of Coleridge's Collected Works, and the author of Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books (Yale, 2001).
Deidre Lynch, Associate Professor of English at Indiana University, writes and teaches across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is the author of The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning (University of Chicago Press, 1998; winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book, 1999), as well as the editor, most recently of Janeites: Austen's Disciples and Devotees (Princeton UP, 2000). Currently, Lynch is working on a book tentatively entitled At Home in English: A Cultural History of the Love of Literature.