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Romanticism and Form
Edited by Alan Rawes
 
 
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26 Apr 2007
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The study of form has enjoyed a considerable revival in Romantic Studies since the later 1990s, after being marginalised for the two previous decades by deconstruction and new historicism. Romanticism and Form brings together leading scholars of Romanticism and relative newcomers to offer a snapshot of what and where the revival of formalism in Romantic Studies is up to. The essays, all published here for the first time, offer new analyses of canonical texts by Wordsworth, Austen, Byron and P.B. Shelley, explorations of under-explored areas of Romantic-period culture, contextualisations of Romantic forms and formal practices in relation to war, nationalism, propaganda, empire and urbanisation, reassessments and rehabilitations of neglected and marginalised writers (including Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Felicia Hemans, John Clare, Ann Cristall, Charlotte Smith and Robert Southey), and new explorations of the relationship between form and reader. The volume showcases a range of new approaches to form that are distanced from New Criticism but informed by deconstruction, new historicism, feminism, theology and new technologies.


Description

The study of form has enjoyed a considerable revival in Romantic Studies since the later 1990s, after being marginalised for the two previous decades by deconstruction and new historicism. Romanticism and Form brings together leading scholars of Romanticism and relative newcomers to offer a snapshot of what and where the revival of formalism in Romantic Studies is up to. The essays, all published here for the first time, offer new analyses of canonical texts by Wordsworth, Austen, Byron and P.B. Shelley, explorations of under-explored areas of Romantic-period culture, contextualisations of Romantic forms and formal practices in relation to war, nationalism, propaganda, empire and urbanisation, reassessments and rehabilitations of neglected and marginalised writers (including Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Felicia Hemans, John Clare, Ann Cristall, Charlotte Smith and Robert Southey), and new explorations of the relationship between form and reader. The volume showcases a range of new approaches to form that are distanced from New Criticism but informed by deconstruction, new historicism, feminism, theology and new technologies.


Reviews

'The critics assembled here are close readers, attentive to metre, stanza form, figures of speech, but they are not nostalgic for the New Criticism of the 1950s and 1960s. If they are formalists, they are formalists of a new kind, less likely to celebrate the unifying power of art than the fragmented and the multitudinous, more likely to acknowledge Byron than Wordsworth, but just as ready to study a satiric print, or a poem by Ann Cristall. This volume sets a challenging new agenda for Romantic Studies.' - Richard Cronin, Professor of English Literature, University of Glasgow, UK


Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction; A.Rawes
Romantic Indirection; P.Curtis
"Conscript Fathers and Shuffling Recruits": Formal Self-Awareness in Romantic Poetry; M.O'Neill
Romantic Invocation: a Form of Impossibility; G.Hopps
"Ruinous Perfection": Reading Authors and Writing Readers in the Romantic Fragment Poem; M.Sandy
Combinatoric Form in Nineteenth-Century Satiric Prints; S.E.Jones
Romantic Form and New Historicism: Wordsworth's "Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey"; A.Rawes
Southey's Forms of Experiment; N.Trott
Believing in Form and Forms of Belief: the Case of Robert Southey; B.Beatty
Seductions of Form in the Poetry of Ann Cristall and Charlotte Smith; J.Labbe
"Seldom safely enjoyed by those who enjoyed it completely": Byron's Poetry, Austen's Prose and Forms of Narrative Irony; C.Franklin
"What Constitutes a Reader?": Don Juan and the Changing Reception of Romantic Form; J.Stabler, A.Roberts, M.N.Carminati & M.H.Fischer
Afterword; S.J.Wolfson
Bibliography
Index


Authors

ALAN RAWES is Lecturer in Romanticism at the University of Manchester, UK. His publications include Byron's Poetic Experimentation (2000), English Romanticism and the Celtic World (co-edited, 2003) and Romantic Biography (co-edited, 2003). He is also the Academic Editor of The Byron Journal and the editor of the British Association for Romantic Studies Bulletin and Review.