Two new additions to the Cambridge University Press Studies in Romanticism series have appeared this spring.
- David Simpson’s Wordsworth, Commodification and Social Concern, which “centers on [Wordsworth’s] almost obsessive representation of spectral forms and images of death in life. Wordsworth is reacting, Simpson argues, to the massive changes in the condition of England and the modern world at the turn of the century: mass warfare; the increased scope of machine-driven labor and urbanization; and the expanding power of commodity form in rendering economic and social exchange more and more abstract, more and more distant from human agency and control.”
- Mike Goode’s Sentimental Masculinity and Rise of History, 1789-1890, which argues that, “in Romantic and Victorian Britain, struggles over historical authority were as much disputes over the nature of proper masculinity as they were contests over ideas and interpretations.” Goode’s table of contents is as follows:
- The feeling of history
- Edmund Burke and the erotics of Romantic historicism
- Reflections in the print shop windows: caricaturing and contesting historical sense in the Revolution controversy
- Morbid antiquaries and vital men of feeling: the gender of history in the Waverley novels
- Boredom and the excitements of history: settling interests, nerves, and narratives in Rob Roy and Northanger Abbey
- Uneven manliness and the separate spheres of Victorian history
- Coda. Living history, reenacting, and the period rush.