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Routledge New Textual Studies in Literature


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This series seeks to shift the priorities of existing scholarship on literature written in English, producing ground-breaking studies using archives, manuscripts, papers, collections, digital and facsimile collections, and all forms of primary texts and material. It will capitalize on the opportunity represented by the unprecedented wealth of primary materials now available to scholars working across this broad period. Amongst other things, the outputs in this series will:

  • Reappraise canonical authors or movements in relation to new or overlooked archival evidence, asking how the canon might look different in light of this
  • Re-evaluate a well-known genre, movement, or idea through attention to a wide range of texts or primary material
  • Exploit and explore the rich variety of texts and primary sources now available digitally or in newly accessible physical archives
  • Build on the work of new print editions
  • Focus on manuscripts, letters, personal papers, or ephemera to challenge and reshape existing scholarship
  • Articulate new and fresh methodological approaches to archival, digital-archival, or textual material

Books in this series will transform our understanding of the canon or of standard narratives of literary and cultural history by drawing upon primary materials, especially those that are rare, manuscript, out-of-print, ignored, commonly overlooked, or newly available.

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The Mini-Cycle

The Mini-Cycle

1st Edition

By Allan Weiss
May 07, 2021

While scholars have been studying the short story cycle for some time now, this book discusses a form that has never before been identified and named, let alone analyzed: the mini-cycle. A mini-cycle is a short story cycle made up, in most cases, of only two or three stories. This study looks at ...

Richard Polwhele and Romantic Culture The Politics of Reaction and the Poetics of Place

Richard Polwhele and Romantic Culture: The Politics of Reaction and the Poetics of Place

1st Edition

By Dafydd Moore
December 28, 2020

Richard Polwhele was a writer of rare energies. Today known only for The Unsex’d Females and its attack on radical women writers, Polwhele was a historian, translator, memoirist, and poet. As an indigent Cornish gentleman clergyman and JP, his extensive written output encompassed sermons, open ...

The Collaborative Literary Relationship of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The Collaborative Literary Relationship of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

1st Edition

By Anna Mercer
July 30, 2019

How did Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, two of the most iconic and celebrated authors of the Romantic Period, contribute to each other’s achievements? This book is the first to dedicate a full-length study to exploring the nature of the Shelleys’ literary relationship in depth...

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