Comparative Romanticisms: Power, Gender, Subjectivity

Comparative Romanticisms: Power, Gender, Subjectivity



Despite a century of sustained critical activity and an interest level in the last ten years never before reached (as reflected in the sheer number of scholarly works produced), the study of Romanticism remains focused for the most part through individual, national, and linguistic views, and is now largely embedded in the complications of contemporary theory as applied through those limiting views. Partly responsible is the fact that Romanticism itself forms a set of rhetorical, cultural, and ideological lenses refracting a multiplicity and even chaos that at times seems to defy comparative analysis.
In an attempt to refocus on Romanticism without trying to invent a new synthesis for the movement, the editors have selected thirteen essays from a variety of older and newer scholarly voices that represent a rethinking of key Romantic texts and interrelations through the lens of three fundamental theoretical issues: power, gender, and subjectivity. They call for a newly comparative sense of Romanticism that avoids the kind of critical explication of these issues limited to single national, linguistic, or cultural traditions, or seen through too narrowly applied contemporary theoretical `-isms'.



Publication Date



Camden House


Columbia SC


English Language and Literature



Introduction Larry H. Peer and Diane Long Hoeveler A Lens for Comparative Romanticisms

Power Stephen C. Behrendt Remapping the Landscape: The Romantic Literary Community Revisited

Clark Davis Mutual Trust and the Friendly Loan: Melville, Money, and Romantic Faith

Richard Kaplan Romantic and Realist Rubble: The Foundation for a New National Literature in Dostoevsky's Poor Folk and Melville's Pierre

Margaret Reid From Revolutionary Legends to The Scarlet Letter: Casting Characters for Early American Romanticism

Karen Karbiener The Unexpress'd: Walt Whitman's Late Thoughts on Richard Wagner

Gender Diane Long Hoeveler The Female Gothic, Beating Fantasies, and the Civilizing Process

Danelle R. Ruwe The Canon-Maker: Felicia Hemans and Torquato Tasso's Sister 133 Debbie Lopez "Ungraspable Phantoms": Keats's Lamia and Melville's Yillah

Julie Costello Aesthetic Discourses and Maternal Subjects: Enlightenment Roots, Schlegelian Revisions

Subjectivity Larry H. Peer Pushkin and Romantizm

Fred V. Randel Romantic Poetry and Civic Space in the W ordsworthian Cave

Michael j. Call Atala's Body: Girodet and the Representation of Chateaubriand's Romantic Christianity

Heather J. SuLLivan The Postponed Narratives of Desire in Ludwig Tieck's Novel Franz Sternbalds Wanderungen

Notes on Contributors


Comparative Romanticisms: Power, Gender, Subjectivity