New Ashgate Collection: Fellow Romantics

Fellow Romantics: Male and Female British Writers, 1790–1835

Beginning with the premise that men and women of the Romantic period were lively interlocutors who participated in many of the same literary traditions and experiments, Fellow Romantics offers an inspired counterpoint to studies of Romantic-era women writers that stress their differences from their male contemporaries. As they advance the work of scholars who have questioned binary approaches to studying male and female writers, the contributors variously link, among others, Charlotte Smith and William Wordsworth, Mary Robinson and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Felicia Hemans and Percy Bysshe Shelley, Jane Austen and the male Romantic poets. These pairings invite us to see anew the work of both male and female writers by drawing our attention to frequently neglected aspects of each writer’s art. Here we see writers of both sexes interacting in their shared historical moment, while the contributors reorient our attention toward common points of engagement between male and female authors. What is gained is a more textured understanding of the period that will serve as a model for future studies.

· Contents:

  • Introduction, Beth Lau
  • Revisiting the egotistical sublime: Smith, Wordsworth and the romantic dramatic dialogue, Jacqueline M. Labbe
  • Coleridge and Robinson; harping on lyrical exchange, Ashley Cross
  • Romantic ambivalence in Frankenstein and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Beth Lau
  • ”Something must be done”: Shelley, Hemans, and the flash of revolutionary female violence, Susan J. Wolfson
  • Spiritual converse: Hemans’s A Spirit’s Return in dialogue with Byron and Shelley, Alan Richardson
  • William Wordsworth and Felicia Hemans, Julie Melnyk
  • ”Does it not make you think of Cowper?” : rural sport in Jane Austen and her contemporaries, Barbara K. Seeber
  • The uses and abuses of imagination in Jane Austen and the romantic poets, Beth Lau
  • ”Beautiful but ideal”: intertextual relations between Letitia Elizabeth Landon and Percy Bysshe Shelley, Michael O’Neill
  • Romantic and Victorian conversations: Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning in dialogue with Byron and Shelley, Jane Stabler

· About the Editor: Beth Lau is professor of English at California State University, Long Beach, USA

· Reviews: ‘Beth Lau has assembled a strong group of scholars who adopt a new approach to the study of male and female writers in the romantic period. Rather than sorting writers by gender, these essays put men and women into conversation, exploring how they mutually inspired one another, influenced one another, shaped one another. The collection brings women within romanticism in a different way, showing how close they are to the major male writers of the traditional canon. We find, for example, refreshing accounts of Hemans and her connections with Byron, Shelley, and Wordsworth, of Austen’s use of romantic poetry, and of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning’s shared interest in Byron and Shelley.’
Jeffrey N. Cox,
University of Colorado at Boulder, USA


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