About The Romanticism Redefined: Pickering & Chatto and The Wordsworth Circle


1. About the Database:


Romanticism Redefined is a searchable collection of works focusing in the period between 1800 and 1830, that will bring academic research libraries a new, genre-redefining electronic collection of Romantic-era literature. In partnership with Pickering & Chatto Publishers, Alexander Street Press will publish in this collection canonical and previously unrecognized writers from Britain, the British Empire, and North America. It contains over 130,000 pages.


Romanticism Redefined: Pickering & Chatto and The Wordsworth Circle brings academic research libraries a new, genre-redefining electronic collection of Romantic-era literature. In partnership with Pickering & Chatto Publishers, Alexander Street Press is publishing 120,000 pages of text by writers from Britain, the British Empire, and North America. Included is poetry, prose, drama, letters,and diaries—along with political, philosophical, scientific, and sociological works. In addition to the primary texts themselves, the project includes another 10,000 pages with the full run of The Wordsworth Circle.


This is the first time that Pickering & Chatto's highly acclaimed critical editions have been made available in electronic format, allowing scholars to examine the texts in new ways. Important texts that have been long overlooked will be rediscovered, and researchers will be able to trace new interrelationships among these works.


Romanticism Redefined also presents the only complete digital version of The Wordsworth Circle, the international academic journal devoted to the study of English literature, culture, and society during the Romantic era. The quarterly print journal is finally available electronically, with in-depth indexing and powerful search functionality.


Romanticism Redefined brings together the writings of Maria Edgeworth, Charlotte Smith, William Godwin, Elizabeth Inchbald, Thomas Holcroft, Joanna Baillie, and Thomas DeQuincey, Robert Owen Dale, and John Thelwall, among dozens of other writers of the time.


2. Editorial Policy:


The creation of The Romantic Era Redefined took place under the guidance of an advisory board of scholars of Romantic-era literature. Members of the board are:


Jacqueline Labbe

Jacqueline Labbe, BA (Ohio State), MA, PhD (Pennsylvania)


Professor Labbe’s interests lie in the poetry and prose of the Romantic period and nineteenth-century children's literature, covering issues of gender, subjectivity, genre, and form. She has published extensively in the area, and Romantic Visualities: Landscape, Gender and Romanticism (Macmillan, 1998), The Romantic Paradox: Violence, Death, and the Uses of Romance, 1760-1830 (Macmillan, 2000), and the first scholarly book on Smith's poetry, Charlotte Smith: Romanticism, poetry and the culture of gender (Manchester University Press, 2003), are some of her works. With Pickering and Chatto she has contributed texts to Volume 14 of The Works of Charlotte Smith (2007), and an essay on Smith, Charlotte Smith in British Romanticism (2008).


Timothy Fulford, Ph.D.


Timothy Fulford is a Professor of English at Nottingham Trent University. He is the author of several books on Romanticism, including Romanticism and Masculinity (1999). Professor Fulford is one of the leading proponents of the new, historicized critique of literature as applied to the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries (especially Romantic literature). He has written a series of internationally acclaimed authoritative works on poetry in relation to the politics of landscape (rural society), to issues of gender (in particular, the politicization of masculinity) and to exploration, colonialism and science.


Arnold A. Markley

Arnold A. Markley, Ph.D.


Professor Markley teaches at Penn State Brandywine. His research and editorial work is focused on the political novels that were published in Great Britain in the wake of the French Revolution. He has edited modern editions of several works published during this period, including novels by William Godwin, Charlotte Smith, and Thomas Holcroft, as well as edited a volume of the uncollected works and unpublished manuscripts of Mary Shelley. His most recent publications include Conversion and Reform in the British Novel of the 1790s: A Revolution of Opinions. New York: Palgrave Macmilian, 2009.



3. Acknowledgements


I'd like to thank the many individuals who are participating in the creation of the database, in particular James Powell and Mark Pollard of Pickering & Chatto who have been involved in the project since the beginning. I'd also like to acknowledge Marilyn Gaull, editor and publisher of the Wordsworth Circle, a large and comprehensive journal of Romantic studies we have the honor to publish here in electronic format for the first time.


At Alexander Street Press, the following people have been instrumental in the development of the collection:

  • Pat Carlson
  • Feng Chen
  • Andrea Eastman-Mullins
  • Michelle Eldridge
  • Milena Gruwell
  • Michael Kangal
  • Kimberly Milio
  • Stephanie Garrett
  • Stephen Rhind-Tutt
  • Nazar Sharunenko
  • John West