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Aptly titled and enterprising, this collection of 14 essays mixes commentary by established Romantic critics with that of newer voices in the field. The volume maintains a sense of coherence even though it does not privilege any singular critical mode and ranges from autobiography, dissent, and domesticity to religion and gender in Welsh writers, botanical themes in poetry, "literary anti-history," and theater theory. Writers Felicia Hemans, Mary Robinson, Charlotte Smith, and Anna Laetitia Barbauld are given voice in a number of the articles, whereas writers such as Hannah More, Joanna Baillie, Maria Edgeworth, Mary Lamb, and Jane Taylor are placed in more limited critical contexts. Every article is focused, well directed, crisply written, threaded with grace or humor or passion. The scholars reveal themselves as long-standing investigators of a topic about which they care and which they want readers to discover, respect, or understand. Interesting points of view, important contributions by all critics, superb job by the editors. Bibliography separates primary and secondary works, is careful and current with a fast-moving field. Exemplary scholarship. Upper-division undergraduate and up. W. C. Snyder St. Vincent College & Seminary
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