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. Each section features individual essays providing critical re-readings of nine Romantic texts and four Romantic topoi. Whether writing on Charlotte Smith's The Old Manor House or Anne Brontë's Agnes Grey, on rescue operas or criminal drama, the contributors, who include Marjean Purinton, Kari Lokke, Rodney Farnsworth, and Jeffrey Cass, expand our understanding of Romantic modes of argumentation.

chapter One|7 pages

Prologomenon to the Study of Romanticism's Comparative Discourses

ByLarry H. Peer, Diane Long Hoeveler

part 1|75 pages

Language and Romantic Discourse Systems

chapter Two|24 pages

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

ByDiane Long Hoeveler, Sarah Davies Cordova

chapter Three|19 pages

Pursuing the Plerotic Sublime: Romantic Poetry and the Failure of Language

ByRichard A. Nanian

chapter Five|11 pages

Romantic Drama and the Discourse of Criminality

ByMarjean D. Purinton

part 2|67 pages

Women Writers and Romantic Constructions of Power

part 3|50 pages

Varieties of Revisionist Discourse in Romanticism

chapter Eleven|10 pages

Readerly Agency and the Discourse of History in The Antiquary

ByBonnie J. Gunzenhauser

chapter Twelve|15 pages

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

ByRodney Farnsworth

chapter Thirteen|10 pages

Byron and Manfred: Epistolary Journal into Dramatic Poem

ByD.L. Macdonald