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.
'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 ’This volume is a welcome addition to a discussion recently begun in earnest...Highly recommended. All readers.’ Choice 'This remarkably cohesive volume presents clear, sophisticated discussions of poets and novelists from both the first and the second Romantic generations....Both technically and theoretically sound, Fellow Romantics challenges divisive approaches to the Romantics in a deliberate attempt to create an interpretative model that privileges coalition and community to factionalism and insularity.' Keats-Shelley Review, 2010 '... Fellow Romantics is able to explore the period as a time of fellowships, parallels and exchanges between male and female Romantics. This collection admirably demonstrates that, far from being reliant or derivative, the female Romantics were often as innovative as their male counterparts, with influence occurring in both directions across the gender divide.' BARS Bulletin