Through a partnership with London-based Pickering & Chatto Publishers, the pre-eminent publisher of critical editions in the humanities and social sciences, Romanticism Redefined brings together 120,000 pages of the Pickering & Chatto catalog online in one place. These highly regarded editions are available and searchable in electronic form here for the first time, allowing scholars to examine the texts in new ways. Dozens of critical essays by leading scholars, commissioned by Pickering & Chatto, add rich context to the writings.
While the emphasis is on literature—poetry, novels, short fiction, and drama—there are also letters and diaries; political, philosophical, theological and sociological works; literary criticism; historical writings; speeches, lectures, and conversations; travel and exploration literature; and other forms. And with a focus on the “second generation” of writings, in the years from 1800 to 1830, Romanticism Redefined adds something distinctly new to academic study, bringing access to previously inaccessible works.
Also included is The Wordsworth Circle, an international academic journal for the study of English Romantic literature, culture, and society. Romanticism Redefined provides the only digital version of the complete run of the journal.
Many of these important texts are long overlooked. Readers can rediscover the works and trace new relationships among them. Selected titles from Pickering & Chatto’s Romanticism collection include Conduct Literature for Women, 1770–1830 (6 volumes); Works of Charlotte Smith (14 volumes); Literature and Science (8 volumes); Works of Thomas De Quincey (21 volumes); Nineteenth-Century English Labouring-Class Poets (3 volumes); and Parodies of the Romantic Age (5 volumes). The works of notable writers such as Joanna Baillie, Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, Mary Shelley, and others make Romanticism Redefined a resource for courses in the history of women’s literature, as well.
All the works are rekeyed for full-text searching, and page images of the original texts appear whenever possible. Through Alexander Street’s Semantic Indexing and powerful Search and Browse tools, scholars and students can easily answer questions like the following: Show me all drama by Thomas Holcroft. Show me all letters by male writers. Show me all instances where women writers used the word mores. Show me texts that mention voyage AND South America in the travel and exploration literature genre. Show me all instances of British Empire.
The creation of Romanticism Redefined comes under the guidance of an advisory board including Jacqueline Labbe, Warwick University (UK); Timothy Fulford, Nottingham Trent University (UK); and Arnold Markley, Pennsylvania State University (U.).
Romanticism Redefined is available on the Web, either through the one-time purchase of perpetual rights or via annual subscription.