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Work on British Romanticism is often characterised as much by its conscious difference from preceding positions as it is by its approach to or choice of material. As a result, writing neglected or marginalised in one account will be restored to prominence in another, as we reconstruct the past as a history of the present. This collection of essays takes as its starting point the wide-ranging work of Marilyn Butler on Romantic literature, and includes contributions by some of the most prominent scholars of Romanticism working today. The essays offer interesting perspectives on Maria Edgeworth, Coleridge, Austen, Scott and others, showing that the openness of modern critical perceptions matches and reflects the diversity of the literature and culture of the Romantic period itself.

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Marilyn Butler: a bibliography
Maria Edgeworth: A Literary Biography, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972
Jane Austen and the War of Ideas, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975; repr., with new introduction, 1987
Peacock Displayed: A Satirist in His Context, London: Routledge, 1979
Romantics, Rebels, and Reactionaries: English Literature and Its Background, 1760–1830, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981; repr. 1989, 1996
Ed., Burke, Paine, Godwin and the Revolution Controversy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984
Ed. with Todd, Janet, The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft, 7 vols., London: Pickering and Chatto, 1989
Ed., Edgeworth, Maria, ‘Castle Rackrent’ and ‘Ennui’, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1992
Ed., Shelley, Mary, Frankenstein or, the modern Prometheus: The 1818 Text, London: Pickering and Chatto Women's Classics, 1993. Reissued by Oxford University Press, World's Classics, 1994
Ed., Austen, Jane, Northanger Abbey, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1995
Gen. Ed., The Works of Maria Edgeworth, 12 vols., London: Pickering and Chatto, 1999–2003
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‘The Uniqueness of Cynthia Kirkpatrick: Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters and Maria Edgeworth's Helen’, Review of English Studies 23, 1972, 278–90
‘The Woman at the Window: Radcliffe, Wollstonecraft, Austen’, Women & Literature, n. s. 1, 1980, 128–48
‘Disregarded Designs: Austen's Sense of the Volume’, in Monaghan, David (ed.), Jane Austen in a Social Context, London: Macmillan, 1981, pp. 49–65
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‘Godwin, Burke and Caleb Williams’, Essays in Criticism 22, 1982, 237–57
‘Satire and the Images of Self in the Romantic Period: The Long Tradition of Hazlitt's Liber Amoris’, Yearbook of English Studies, 1983, 209–25; repr. in Rawson, Claude (ed.), English Satire and the Satiric Tradition, Oxford: Blackwell, 1984, pp. 209–25; repr. in Rosso, G. A. and Daniel, P. Watkins (eds.), Spirits of Fire: English Romantic Writers and Comparative Historical Methods, Rutherford, N. J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1990, pp. 153–69
‘Learning and the Learned Journals: Literature’, Times Literary Supplement, 16 December 1983, 1397–8
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‘Nymphs and Nympholepsy: The Visionary Woman and the Romantic Poet’, in Breuer, Rolf, Huber, Werner, and Schöwerling, Rainer (eds.), English Romanticism: The Paderborn Symposium, Essen: Blaue Eule, 1985, pp. 11–31
‘Peacock, Ceres and the Twice-Born Bacchus’, Keats-Shelley Memorial Bulletin 36, 1985, 57–76
‘History, Politics and Religion’, in Grey, J. D., Litz, A. W., and Southam, B. C. (eds.), Jane Austen Handbook, London: Athlone Press, 1986, pp. 190–209
‘The Case for an Antithetical Historical Criticism’, in McGann, J. J. (ed.), Historical Studies and Literary Interpretation, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1986, pp. 25–47
‘Literature as a Heritage: Or Reading Other Ways’. Inaugural lecture delivered at the University of Cambridge, 10 November 1987. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988
‘Revising the Canon’, Times Literary Supplement, 4–10 December 1987, 1349, 1359–60
‘Romanticism in England’, in Porter, Roy and Tiech, Mikulás (eds.), Romanticism in National Context, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988, pp. 37–67
‘The Orientalism of Byron's Giaour’, in Beatty, Bernard and Newey, Vincent (eds.), Byron and the Limits of Fiction, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1988, pp. 78–96
‘Oxford's Eighteenth-Century Versions’, Eighteenth-Century Life 12, 1988, 128–36
‘Repossessing the Past: The Case for an Open Literary History’, in Levinson, Marjorie et al., Rethinking Historicism, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1989, pp. 64–84
‘Romantic Manichaeism: Shelley's “On the Devil” and Byron's Mythological Dramas’, in Bullen, J. B. (ed.), The Sun is God: Painting, Literature and Mythology in the Nineteenth Century, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989, pp. 13–37
‘Byron and the Empire in the East’, in Andrew Rutherford (ed.), Byron: Augustan and Romantic, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1990, pp. 63–81
‘Telling it like a Story: The French Revolution as Narrative’, Studies in Romanticism 28 (Fall 1989), 345–64. Another version, ‘Revolving in Deep Time: The French Revolution as Narrative’, in Hanley, Keith and Selden, Ramon (eds.), Revolution and English Romanticism, Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1990, pp. 1–22
‘Plotting the Revolution: The Political Narratives of Romantic Poetry and Criticism’, in Johnston, Kenneth, Chaitin, Gilbert, Hansen, Karen, and Marks, Herbert (eds.), Romantic Revolutions: Criticism and Theory, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990, pp. 133–57
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Part-author with Philp, Mark of General Introduction, ‘Godwin's Novels’, to Philp (gen. ed.), Collected Novels and Memoirs of William Godwin, 8 vols., London: Pickering and Chatto, 1992, vol. I, pp. 22–47
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‘Culture's Medium: The Role of the Review’, in Curran, Stuart (ed.), Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993, pp. 120–47
‘Gray Suits and Black Leather Jackets, Or, Is There an Anglo-American Feminist Criticism?’, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 12, 1993, 209–22
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‘Doubting Visionaries: Thomson, Barry and the Future of the Arts’, in Brian, T. Allen (ed.), Towards a Modern Art World, Studies in British Art 1, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995, pp. 67–78
‘Editing Women’, Studies in the Novel 27, 1995, 273–83
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‘Edgeworth's Stern Father: Escaping Thomas Day, 1795–1801’, in Ribeiro, Alvaro and James, G. Basker (eds.), Tradition in Transition: Women Writers, Marginal Texts, and the Eighteenth-Century Canon, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996, pp./75–93
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‘Irish Culture and Scottish Enlightenment: Maria Edgeworth's Histories of the Future’, in Stefan Collini, Richard Whatmore, and Brian Young (eds.), Economy, Polity, and Society: British Intellectual History 1750–1950, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, pp. 158–80
‘Edgeworth's Ireland: History, Popular Culture, and Secret Codes’, Novel 34, 2001, 267–92
‘Edgeworth, the United Irishmen, and “More Intelligent Treason”’, in Kaufman, Heidi and Fauske, Chris (eds.), An Uncomfortable Authority: Maria Edgeworth and Her Contexts, Newark: Delaware University Press, 2004, pp. 33–61
Review of Southam, B. C., Jane Austen's Literary Manuscripts, Essays in Criticism 15, 1965, 337–41
Review of Rawson, C. J., Henry Fielding and the Augustan Ideal under Stress: ‘Nature's Dance of Death’ and Other Studies, Essays in Criticism 24, 1974, 298–300
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Review of McMaster, Juliet (ed.), Jane Austen's Achievement: Papers Delivered at the Jane Austen Bicentennial Conference at the University of Alberta, Notes and Queries 25, 1978, 562–3
Review of McGann, Jerome, ‘“Don Juan” in Context’, Essays in Criticism 28, 1978, 52–60
Review of Webb, Timothy, Shelley: A Voice Not Understood, English (Leicester) 28, 1979, 78–83
Review of Kinnaird, John, William Hazlitt: Critic of Power, English (Leicester) 29, 1980, 50–6
Review of Sikes, Herschel Moreland (ed.), The Letters of William Hazlitt, English (Leicester) 29, 1980, 50–6
Review of Williams, Ioan, The Idea of the Novel in Europe, 1600–1800, Notes and Queries 27, 1980, 373–4
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Review of Todd, Janet, Women's Friendship in Literature, Essays in Criticism 31, 1981, 246–9
Review of Nancy, K. Miller, The Heroine's Text: Readings in the French and English Novel 1722–1782, Essays in Criticism 31, 1981, 246–9
Review of Eagleton, Terry, The Rape of Clarissa: Writing, Sexuality and Class Struggle in Samuel Richardson, Times Literary Supplement, 12 Nov. 1982, 1241–2
Review of Jerry, C. Beasley, Novels of the 1740s, Times Literary Supplement, 12 Nov. 1982, 1242
Review of Roberts, Warren, Jane Austen and the French Revolution, English Historical Review 97, 1982, 204–5
Review of Daphinoff, Dimiter (ed.), An Alternative Ending to Richardson's ‘Clarissa’, Times Literary Supplement, 12 Nov. 1982, 1241
Review of David Pirie, William Wordsworth: The Poetry of Grandeur and of Tenderness, and of Jonathan Wordsworth, William Wordsworth: The Borders of Vision, London Review of Books, 5 Dec. 1983, 18–19
Review of Burnett, T. A. J., The Rise and Fall of a Regency Dandy: The Life and Times of Scrope Berdmore Davies, Keats-Shelley Memorial Bulletin 34, 1983, 80–5
Review of Stapleton, Michael, The Cambridge Guide to English Literature, London Review of Books 5. 15, 1983, 14–16
Review of Mitchell, Leslie, Holland House, Keats-Shelley Memorial Bulletin 34, 1983, 80–5
Review of Coleman, Janet, English Literature in History, 1350–1400: Medieval Readers and Writers, Barrell, John, English Literature in History 1730–80: An Equal, Wide Survey, and Sales, Roger, English Literature in History 1780–1830: Pastoral and Politics, London Review of Books 5.15, 1983, 14–16
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Review of Percy, G. Adams, Travel Literature and the Evolution of the Novel, Times Literary Supplement, 22 June 1984, 689
Review of Vendler, Helen, The Odes of John Keats, Hudson Review 37, 1984, 143–50
Review of Deacon, George, John Clare and the Folk Tradition, Robinson, Eric (ed.), John Clare's Autobiographical Writings, Grainger, Margaret (ed.), The Natural History Prose Writings of John Clare, and Tibble, Anne (ed.), The Journal, Essays, the Journey from Essex, London Review of Books 6.22/23, 1984, 3–5
Review of Smith, Olivia, The Politics of Language, 1791–1819, and Jerome, J. McGann, The Beauty of Inflections: Literary Investigations in Historical Method and Theory, London Review of Books 7.22, 1985, 11–13
Review of Halperin, John, The Life of Jane Austen, New York Times Book Review, 24 Feb. 1985, 25
Review of Thomas, C. Faulkner (ed.), Selected Letters and Journals of George Crabbe, Times Literary Supplement, 3 Jan. 1986, 3–4
Review of Burrows, J. F., Computation into Criticism: A Study of Jane Austen's Novels and an Experiment in Method, London Review of Books 9. 12, 1987, 11–13
Review of Baldick, Chris, In Frankenstein's Shadow: Myth, Monstrosity and Nineteenth-Century Writing, London Review of Books 10. 9, 1988, 12–13
Review of Spivak, Gayatri, In Other Worlds, Times Literary Supplement, 11–17, March 1988, 283–4
Review of Mason, Michael (ed.), Lyrical Ballads, Eilenberg, Susan, Strange Power of Speech: Wordsworth, Coleridge and Literary Possession, and Roe, Nicholas, The Politics of Nature: Wordsworth and Some Contemporaries, london Review of Books 14.15, 1992, 12–13
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Review of Sutherland, John, The Life of Walter Scott, London Review of Books 17. 17, 1995, 10–11
Review of Ricks, Christopher, Essays in Appreciation, London Review of Books 18. 15, 1996, 15–16
Review of McIntyre, Ian, Dirt and Deity: A Life of Robert Burns, London Review of Books 18. 3, 1996, 9–10
Review of Nokes, David, Jane Austen: A Life, and Tomalin, Claire, Jane Austen: A Life, London Review of Books 20. 5, 1998, 3–6


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