Building on a revival of scholarly interest in the cultural effects of early 19th-century periodicals, the essays in this collection treat periodical writing as intrinsically worthy of attention not a mere backdrop to the emergence of British Romanticism but a site in which Romantic ideals were challenged, modified, and developed.
Contributors to the volume discuss a range of different periodicals, from the elite Quarterly and Edinburgh Reviews, through William Cobbett's populist weekly newspaper Two-Penny Trash, to the miscellaneous monthly magazines typified by Blackwood's. While some contributors to the volume approach the phenomenon of Romanticism within periodical culture from a more materialist standpoint than others, several elaborate upon recent intersections between Romantic studies and gender studies.
1. Mary Robinson, The Monthly Magazine and the Free Press 2. Correcting Mrs Opie's Powers: The Edinburgh Review of Amelia Opie's Poems (1802) 3. Novel Marriages, Romantic Labor and the Quarterly Press 4. Reading the Rhetoric of Resistance in William Cobbett's Two-Penny Trash 5. "May the married be single, and the single happy:": Blackwood's The Maga for the Single Man 6. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine and the Construction of Wordsworth's Genius 7. Detaching Lamb's Thoughts 8. The New Monthly Magazine and the Liberalism of the 1820s