Pickering & Chatto: New Monographs for Spring 2009

The prolific Pickering & Chatto has thus far in 2009 released ten titles in Romantic and Victorian studies. Five of these are editions, which will be the subject of a separate entry. Five are monographs:

  • Mei-Ying Sung’s William Blake and the Art of Engraving, which “closely examines William Blake’s extant engraved copper plates, a previously under-used resource, and arrives at a new interpretation of his working process….Sung argues that hammer marks to the reverse of the plates point to high levels of repoussage, suggesting that Blake revised and corrected his work more than was previously thought.”
  • Michelle Faubert’s Rhyming Reason: The Poetry of Romantic-Era Psychologists, which “focuses on a hitherto little-known group of psychologist-poets who grew out of the liberal literary-medical culture of the Scottish Enlightenment. They used poetry as an accessible form to communicate emerging psychological, cultural and moral ideas – concepts which were echoed by… many canonical Romantic poets.”
  • Preeti Nijhar’s Law and Imperialism: Criminality and Constitution in Colonial India and Victorian Britain studies “the shared experience of ‘dangerous’ groups of people in both India and Victorian England, as well as unique information on the status of South Asians in Britain,” and argues for the influence of colonial law on the British legal system.
  • John Thelwall: Radical Romantic and Acquitted Felon, edited by Steve Poole, “draws together a range of essays from leading eighteenth-century and Romantic scholars. Thelwall’s manifold activities are considered in relation to each other, and contextualized within wider Romantic culture and politics.” Essays by Roe, Johnston, Barrett, Mee, Scrivener, and others.
  • Ranald C. Michie’s Guilty Money: The City of London in Victorian and Edwardian Culture, 1815-1914, uses literary and popular novels to “interrogate the dialectic nature of two traditional views of the City as a global financial centre: London as a theatre of corruption, fraud and scandal; and as a place of unbridled success and power for the ambitious elite.”

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