Month: March 2012

Preview the new issue of Romantic Textualities

After a lengthy and unplanned delay, the new issue of Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840 is to be published in its HTML incarnation next month. In the meanwhile, you can preview the print-optimized version of the journal as a PDF, which contains all of the items that will feature in the HTML version in one convenient publication.

Issue 20 contains the following material:

  • ‘ “We’ll Wear Out Great Ones”: Maria Pickersgill, Letitia Landon and the Power of the “Improvisatrice” ’ (David Moberly): an article which provides an engaged and persuasive analysis of Pickersgill’s poetry, and its reflections on performativity and gender, through her use of orientalist framing devices, which can be contrasted with those of contemporaries such as Moore and Byron.
  •  ‘Hazlitt’s Prizefight Revisited: Pierce Egan and Jon Bee’s Boxiana-Style Perspective’ (David Snowdon): an article that examines the masculine sporting culture that flourished in the 1820s, revolving in particular around the boxing world dubbed ‘The Fancy’.
  • ‘Merely an Imitator? The Preponderance of ‘Radcliffe’ in Lusignan or the Abbaye of La Trappe and The Orphans of Llangloed’ (Jacqueline Howard): a lengthy report that puts forward the tantalising—and, no doubt, controversial—view that Ann Radcliffe’s career as a novelist did not stop with the publication of The Italian (1797), based on close textual and contextual analysis.
  • Reviews of recent publications by Alex Benchimol, Clare Broome Saunders, Richard Hill, James Hogg, Sarah Houghton-Walker, Maria Purves and Nicola Watson.
  • Books Received: a list of books relating to Romantic print culture and intertextuality available for review.

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Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840 is a peer-reviewed online journal that focuses on the interface between literature, book history and material cultures during the Romantic era. Romantic Textualities disseminates scholarship in a variety of forms: peer-reviewed essays, reports and bibliographical checklists, and review articles. Essays have included studies as diverse as Wordsworth and the rise of copyright, metropolitan art criticism, travel writing, pugilism, sentimental fiction and morality, Gothic bluebooks and discourses of gardening.


Visiting speaker, 13 Mar 2012: Judi Loach on early-c20 private presses

Judi Loach will be presenting her paper, ‘Just “A Little More Nonsense”: Emblematic Production and the Private Presses of Interwar London’, at 5.15pm on Tuesday, 13 March 2012. The talk will take place in the Cardiff Humanities Building, Room 2.48.

The Private Press section of the university’s recently acquired Rare Books Collection includes many books from small, relatively unknown presses, especially ones active in the inter-war period.  These—often quite slender—books were issued in small print runs but are important today as material evidence that can illuminate our understanding of the influential sector of society—upper class yet somewhat bohemian—that produced them.  This paper looks at one such book in detail, and shows how its ’emblematic’ manner of production reveals similarities in thinking by those using handpresses, regardless of the historic period in which they operate. Image taken from Cardiff Rare Books Collection.