First published in 2006. Exploring how discourse is figured in the texts of key European Romantic authors such as Wackenroder, Coleridge, Byron and Hugo, this volume offers nuanced readings of the under-explored syntactic, semantic, and ideological structures of Romantic works. Rather than proposing a new theoretical position on the issue of what constitutes Romantic discourse studies, the editors have commissioned essays that seek to capture aspects of this discursive field, building on previous scholarship to offer fresh ways of seeing how Romantic discourse matrices work.

The volume is organized into three sections: Language and Romantic Discourse Systems; Women Writers and Romantic Constructions of Power; and Varieties of Revisionist Discourse in Romanticism. This title aims to expand the readers understand of Romantic modes of argumentation, and will be of interest to students of literature.

chapter 1|8 pages

Prologomenon to the Study of Romanticism's Comparative Discourses

ByLarry H. Peer, Diane Long Hoeveler

part 1|76 pages

Language and Romantic Discourse Systems

chapter 2|24 pages

Gothic Opera as Romantic Discourse in Britain and France: A Cross-Cultural Dialogue

ByDiane Long Hoeveler, Sarah Davies Cordova

chapter 5|12 pages

Romantic Drama and the Discourse of Criminality

ByMarjean D. Purinton

part 2|68 pages

Women Writers and Romantic Constructions of Power

part 3|50 pages

Varieties of Revisionist Discourse in Romanticism

chapter 11|10 pages

Readerly Agency and the Discourse of History in The Antiquary

ByBonnie J. Gunzenhauser

chapter 12|16 pages

Reading Beyond Body, Cane, and Crosier: Talleyrand as Romantic Discourse

ByRodney Farnsworth

chapter 13|10 pages

Byron and Manfred: Epistolary Journal into Dramatic Poem

ByD.L. Macdonald