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Romanticism and Time: Literary Temporalities

Romanticism and Time:  Literary Temporalities Sophie Laniel-Musitelli and Céline Sabiron (eds)
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Romanticism and Time is a remarkable affirmation of border-crossings and international exchanges in many ways. This major collection of essays represents the work of eminent scholars from France, Germany, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as they in turn represent the Romanticisms that emerged not only from the "four nations” of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland but also from Continental Europe and America. Crossing many genres of writing and well as artistic media, too, the "Romantic poetics of time,” as editors Sophie Laniel-Musitelli and Céline Sabiron put it in their introduction, stage "a process in time that displays a form of agency over time”—an agency that variously registers and produces, combines, disorders, and transforms both time and history. The capacious Romanticism on offer in these pages is not limited to the decades straddling the year 1800. Rather, it emerges as a relationship to something prior and as the gestation of a future, by turns restorative and revolutionary. With their commitment to diversity, to change, and to exchange, and because of their awareness of the romanticism of periodization itself, the authors in this volume produce, as Wordsworth might say, a "timely utterance.”

Kevis Goodman, University of California, Berkeley

This brilliantly conceived, exhilarating, and wide-ranging collection of essays is essential reading for all those interested in taking the long view of the historical, literary, and philosophical times of British Romanticism.

Pamela Clemit, Queen Mary University of London

‘Eternity is in love with the productions of time’. This original edited volume takes William Blake’s aphorism as a basis to explore how British Romantic literature creates its own sense of time. It considers Romantic poetry as embedded in and reflecting on the march of time, regarding it not merely as a reaction to the course of events between the late-eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries, but also as a form of creative engagement with history in the making.

The authors offer a comprehensive overview of the question of time from a literary perspective, applying a diverse range of critical approaches to Romantic authors from William Blake and Percy Shelley to John Clare and Samuel Rodgers. Close readings uncover fresh insights into these authors and their works, including Frankenstein, the most familiar of Romantic texts.

Revising current thinking about periodisation, the authors explore how the Romantic poetics of time bears witness to the ruptures and dislocations at work within chronological time. They consider an array of topics, such as ecological time, futurity, operatic time, or the a-temporality of Venice. As well as surveying the Romantic canon’s evolution over time, these essays approach it as a phenomenon unfolding across national borders. Romantic authors are compared with American or European counterparts including Beethoven, Irving, Nietzsche and Beckett.

Romanticism and Time will be of great value to literary scholars and students working in Romantic Studies. It will be of further interest to philosophers and historians working on the connections between philosophy, history and literature during the nineteenth century.

Romanticism and Time: Literary Temporalities
Sophie Laniel-Musitelli and Céline Sabiron (eds) | March 2021
314 pp. | 12 colour illustrations | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781800640719
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DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0232
Categories: BIC: D (Literature and literary studies), DSBF (Literary studies: c. 1800 to c. 1900), DS (Literature: history and criticism) DSC (Literary studies: poetry and poets), DSK (Literary studies: fiction, novelists and prose writers); BISAC: LIT000000 (LITERARY CRITICISM / General), LIT004120 (LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh), LIT024030 (LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 18th Century), LIT024040 (LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century),LIT014000 (LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry). OCLC Number: 1242458997.

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Introduction: The Times of Romanticism Download
Sophie Laniel-Musitelli and Céline Sabiron

Section I: Restoration, Revival, and Revolution across Romantic Europe

1. Future Restoration Download
Paul Hamilton

2. Anthropocene Temporalities and British Romantic Poetry Download
Evan Gottlieb

3. Beethoven: Revolutionary Transformations Download
Gregory Dart

Section II: Romantic Conceptions of Time

4. The Temporality of the Soul: Immanent Conceptions of Time in Wordsworth and Byron Download
Ralf Haekel

5. ‘Footing slow across a silent plain’: Time and Walking in Keatsian Poetics Download
Oriane Monthéard

Section III: The Poetics of Time

6. Contracting Time: John Clare’s The Shepherd’s Calendar Download
Lily Dessau

7. Book-Time in Charles Lamb and Washington Irving Download
Matthew Redmond

8. ‘A disciple of Albertus Magnus [...] in the eighteenth century’: Anachronism and Anachrony in Frankenstein Download
Anne Rouhette

Section IV: Persistence and Afterlives

9. Heaps of Time in Beckett and Shelley Download
Laura Quinney

10. ‘Thy Wreck a Glory’: Venice, Subjectivity, and Temporality in Byron and Shelley and the Post-Romantic Imagination Download
Mark Sandy

Section V: Romanticism and Periodisation

Romanticism and Periodisation: A Roundtable Download
David Duff, Nicholas Halmi, Fiona Stafford, Martin Procházka and Laurent Folliot

Gregory Dart is a professor of English at UCL, London. His research is centrally concerned with Romanticism, the City, and the history and development of the essay form from Montaigne to the modern period. His main academic project over the last few years has been a monograph called Metropolitan Art and Literature 1810-1840: Cockney Adventures (2012), a study of the development of new kinds of metropolitan art and literature in the years 1810-40. He is currently working on three volumes of a new six-volume Collected Edition of the Works of Charles and Mary Lamb, for which he is also General Editor. This is contracted to be published by Oxford University Press.

Lily Dessau is a doctoral student and teaching assistant in Modern Literature at the Université de Genève. She is working on an ecocritical reading of later Romantic poetics, with a focus on John Clare, through sound and time.

David Duff is Professor of Romanticism at Queen Mary University, London, and London Director of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar. He is the author of Romance and Revolution: Shelley and the Politics of a Genre (1994), Romanticism and the Uses of Genre (2009), and a number of edited books including Modern Genre Theory (2000) and Scotland, Ireland and the Romantic Aesthetic (2007) and, just published, The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism. He recently co-edited with Marc Porée and Martin Procházka a special issue of the journal Litteraria Pragensis on ‘Wordsworth and France’, and is currently writing a book on the Romantic prospectus and editing an anthology of Romanticism for Oxford University Press.

Laurent Folliot is an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, where he has also taught, and Associate Professor at Sorbonne-Université. Since completing his Ph.D on the landscape poetry of Wordsworth and Coleridge, he has published variously on English Romantic poetry, as well as on essayists and novelists of the period. He is also a translator.

Evan Gottlieb is a Professor of English at Oregon State University. He is interested in eighteenth-century and Romantic British literature and culture, literary and critical theory, globalization, post-humanism and speculative Realism. His most recent books are Romantic Realities: Speculative Realism and British Romanticism (2016), Romantic Globalism: British Literature and Modern World Order, 1750-1830 (2014), and Walter Scott and Contemporary Theory (2013). He is currently working on an introduction to contemporary critical theory for Routledge, and planning a new historically oriented book on representations of utopia / dystopia in eighteenth-century and Romantic British literature and culture.

Ralf Haekel is currently Visiting Professor of English and American Literature at Giessen University. In 2003 he received his PhD from FU Berlin and in 2013 his Habilitation from Göttingen University. His main research interests are Romantic Studies, Early Modern Drama and Theatre, Irish Studies, and Media Theory. From 2008 to 2016 he was Junior Professor of English Literature and Culture at Göttingen University. Subsequently he worked as Visiting Professor at the Universities of Mannheim, Frankfurt, Darmstadt, and Hannover. His publications include The Soul in British Romanticism (2014), and he is the editor of the Handbook of British Romanticism (2017).

Nicholas Halmi is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Oxford University and Margaret Candfield Fellow of University College, Oxford. Author of The Genealogy of the Romantic Symbol (2007) and editor or co-editor of four scholarly editions, including most recently the Norton Critical Edition of Wordsworth’s Poetry and Prose (2013). He received a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship for 2015-17 in support of his current project, a book on aesthetics and the sense of the past in western European culture from c. 1650 to c. 1850.

Paul Hamilton is Professor of English at Queen Mary, University of London. His last two books were Realpoetik: European Romanticism and Literary Politics (2013) and (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of European Romanticism (2016).

Sophie Laniel-Musitelli is Associate Professor at the University of Lille and a Junior Fellow at the Institut Universitaire de France. Her research focuses on the interactions among literature, the sciences, and philosophy in the Romantic era. She is the author of "The Harmony of Truth”: Sciences et poésie dans l’œuvre de P. B. Shelley (2012), and of several articles and book chapters on the relationship between scientific discourse and literary writing in the works of Erasmus Darwin, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Percy B. Shelley, and Thomas De Quincey. She has edited Sciences et poésie de Wordsworth à Hopkins (Etudes Anglaises 2011), co-authored Muses et ptérodactyles: La poésie de la science de Chénier à Rimbaud (2013) and co-edited Romanticism and the Philosophical Tradition (2015) and Romanticism and Philosophy: Thinking with Literature (2015). She has also co-edited Inconstances romantiques : Vision et révisions dans la littérature britannique du long XIXe siècle (forthcoming) with Céline Sabiron. She is the secretary of the French Society for British Romantic Studies (SERA).

Oriane Monthéard is Senior Lecturer at the University of Rouen-Normandie, where she teaches civilisation, translation, and literature. Her research primarily focuses on Keats’s work. She has published articles both on his poetry and his letters and has just published a book entitled ‘Keats et la rencontre’. She is co-editor of a volume on the translation and adaptation of sonnets in English and European literatures. Her research interests also include graphic novels and intermediality.

Martin Procházka is Professor of English, American and Comparative Literature, and Director of the Ph.D. program Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Charles University, Prague. He is the author of Romanticism and Personality (1996), Transversals (2008), and Ruins in the New World (2012), a co-author of Romanticism and Romanticisms (2005), an editor of seventeen collaborative books including Renaissance Shakespeare: Shakespeare Renaissances (2014), and the founding editor of an academic journal Litteraria Pragensia. He is Trustee of the International Shakespeare Association, member of Advisory Board of the International Association of Byron Societies and was Visiting Professor at the universities of Kent and Porto.

Laura Quinney teaches English at Brandeis. She is the author of three books of literary criticism and theory, most recently William Blake on Self and Soul, and of two books of poetry, Corridor and New Ghosts.

Matthew Redmond is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at Stanford University. His dissertation reconsiders the link between historical setting and character throughout the nineteenth century, focusing on periodization and the lifetime. He has published in The Edgar Allan Poe Review and ESQ.

Anne Rouhette is Senior Lecturer in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature at the University of Clermont-Auvergne, France. Her main field of interest is women’s fiction from the late-eighteenth and the early-nineteenth centuries and she has published in particular on Mary Shelley, Frances Burney and Jane Austen. She also works on the theory and practice of translation.

Céline Sabiron is Associate Professor at the University of Lorraine (Nancy, France) and a Research Fellow at Oxford University (Wolfson College). Her research is concerned with eighteenth- to nineteenth-century British (Scottish) literature, comparative criticism, and translation studies. Her latest publications include a monograph Écrire la frontière: Walter Scott, ou les chemins de l’errance (2016). She is currently co-editing two volumes, Inconstances romantiques: visions et révisions (forthcoming, PU de Nancy) with Antonella Braida-Laplace and Sophie LanielMusitelli, and Textuality and Translation (forthcoming) with Catherine Chauvin, as well as a journal issue ‘Decentering Commemorations: Literary, Cultural, Historical, and Political Celebrations across and beyond the British Isles’ (forthcoming, EJES, 24) with Antonella Braida-Laplace and Jeremy Tranmer. She is part of the AHRC-funded ‘Prismatic Jane Eyre’ project headed by Prof. Matthew Reynolds (Oxford University) and Dr. Sowon S. Park (University of California, Santa Barbara). She also writes to a larger audience and is regularly commissioned to author short articles on Walter Scott for the Opéra National de Paris (‘publications lyriques’). She is the webmaster and deputy secretary of the French Society for British Romantic Studies (SERA).

Mark Sandy is a Professor of English at Durham University (UK). He specializes in Romantic poetics and its legacies. Indeed, his interest extend to the imaginative and cultural legacies that Romanticism confers to the literary and cultural imagination of the late nineteenth century and beyond. His latest publications include a monograph on Poetics of Self and Form in Keats and Shelley (2005) and a second booklength study of Romanticism, Memory, and Mourning (2013). He has edited collections on Romantic Echoes in the Victorian Era (2008), Romantic Presences in the Twentieth Century (2012), and Venice and the Cultural Imagination (2012). He is currently editing a volume on Decadent Romanticism and researching a book on Transforming Romanticism: The Legacies of Romantic Poetics in Twentieth-Century American Literature. He is also a co-director of the Department’s ‘Romantic Dialogues and Legacies’ research group. He is an advisory board member of the interdisciplinary Centre for Death and Life Studies based in Durham. He is also part of a national network on ‘Romanticism and Ageing,’ involving Keele University, and the Universities of Lincoln and Nottingham. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the British Association of Romantic Studies (BARS) and the current editor of the Review for BARS.

Fiona Stafford is Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. She has wide-ranging interests in Romantic period literature, archipelagic writings, nature writing, environmental humanities, and literature and the visual arts. She is currently working on the Romantic Period Volume of the Oxford History of English Literature. Recent books include Local Attachments (2010); Reading Romantic Poetry (2012); The Long, Long Life of Trees (2016); Jane Austen: A Brief Life (2017).