Just got the new Ashgate catalog for 19th century studies. Here are my highlights:
Maria Schoina’s Romantic ‘Anglo-Italians’, which examines Byron and the Shelleys as expatriates in post-Napoleonic Italy. I have read or heard some pieces of this in advance, and I know that it will be an essential point of reference for Byron and Shelley studies.
Jonathan Shears’s The Romantic Legacy of Paradise Lost, a study of Milton and the Romantics that promises a fresh look at this important subject.
Catherine Waters’s Commodity Culture in Dickens’s Household Words looks like an interesting contribution to Romantic periodicals studies and material culture. UPDATE, from the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals website: “24 March 2009: RSVP are delighted to announce that the winner of the Colby Prize is Catherine Waters for her book Commodity Culture in Dickens’s Household Words (Ashgate 2008). Professor Waters will give the Colby lecture at this year’s Annual Conference in Minneapolis.”
A collection of essays: The Unfamiliar Shelley, edited by Tim Webb and Alan Weinberg has lots on rarely-discussed Shelley works.
Looking forward to The History of the Book in the West, 1800-1914, edited by Stephen Coclough and Alexis Weedon — forthcoming at the end of 2009….