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An Oxford Guide

Edited by Nicholas Roe

Publication Date - February 2005

ISBN: 9780199258406

760 pages

Retail Price to Students: $109.99


This uniquely comprehensive and wide-ranging guide to Romantic literature presents forty-six newly commissioned chapters from an international team of contributors, both long-established scholars and cutting-edge academics. It combines an introduction to the literary and historical contexts of Romanticism with material on critical and theoretical approaches and detailed readings of Romantic texts. The volume is divided into four parts: "Romantic Orientations," "Reading Romanticism," "Romantic Forms," and "Romantic Afterlives." The last part considers the influence of Romanticism on later writers and on contemporary culture.


  • The size and range of this book makes it much more comprehensive than any of its competitors.
  • Combines an introduction to the literary and historical contexts with material on critical and theoretical approaches.
  • Includes 46 newly-commissioned chapters from an international team of scholars, combining figures with long-established reputations with younger cutting-edge academics.
  • There is an entire section devoted to 'Romantic Afterlives', which considers the influence of Romanticism on later writers and on contemporary culture.

About the Author(s)

Nicholas Roe is Professor of English at the University of St Andrews. He has published extensively on Wordsworth and Coleridge and he is the author of John Keats and the Culture of Dissent (OUP, 1998).

Table of Contents

    Part 1. Romantic Orientations
    1. The Historical Context, Simon Bainbridge
    2. The Literary Background, Jane Stabler
    3. Classical Inheritances, Bruce Graver
    4. Sensibility, Adela Pinch
    5. The Visual Arts and Music, Stephen Behrendt
    6. Print Culture, John Barnard
    7. Romanticism and Science, Timothy Fulford
    8. Religion and Philosophy, Alan Gregory
    9. England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Fiona Stafford
    10. Europe, Christopher Bode
    11. Easts, Nigel Leask
    12. Americas, Susan Manning
    Part 2. Reading Romanticism
    13. Historicist/Marxist Approaches, Kenneth Johnston
    14. Feminist Approaches, Anne Mellor
    15. Ecological Approaches, Jim McKusick
    16. Psychoanalytic Approaches, Andrew Roberts
    17. Postcolonial Approaches, Deirdre Coleman
    18. Formalist Approaches, Richard Cronin
    Part 3. Romantic Forms
    19. Introduction to Romantic Forms, Michael O'Neill
    20. The Lyric, Paul Sheats
    21. Epic, Lynda Pratt
    22. The Sonnet, David Fairer
    23. Narrative Poetry, Peter Vassallo
    24. The Novel, Corinna Russell
    25. Satire, Steven Jones
    26. Drama, Judith Pascoe
    27. Essays, Newspapers and Magazines, Will Christie
    28. Biography and Autobiography, Anthony Harding
    29. Romance, Greg Kucich
    30. Gothic, Nicola Trott
    31. Fragments, Sophie Thomas
    32. Forgeries, Debbie Lee
    33. Non-Fictional Prose, John Whale
    34. Travel Writing, Carl Thompson
    35. Letters, Diaries and Journals, Nichola Deane
    Part 4. Romantic Afterlives
    36. Literary Criticism and Theory, Seamus Perry
    37. The Poetic Tradition, Charles Rzepka
    38. The Novel, Michael Herbert
    39. Film, Jerrold Hogle
    40. Romantic Afterlives and Legacies in the Theatre, Julie Carlson
    41. Idea of the Author, Andrew Bennett
    42. Modernism and Postmodernity, Edward Larrissy
    43. Politics, Peter Kitson
    44. Science, Marilyn Gaull
    45. Environmentalism, Timothy Morton
    46. Romanticism in the Electronic Age, David Miall