Title

Review: Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770-1845, ed. Fermanis and Regan

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

10-1-2017

Publication Title

Journal of British Studies

Volume

56

Issue

4

First page number:

905

Last page number:

906

Abstract

Like many scholarly and artistic movements once labeled “new” (the New Criticism, La Nouvelle Vague, New Jack Swing), New Historicism has long outgrown its claims of newness. The essays Porscha Fermanis and John Regan have brought together in this invaluable collection, Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770–1845, aim to rethink New Historicist methods while retaining the movement's interest in “the historicity of texts and the textuality of history,” to cite a well-worn New Historicist catchphrase. As Fermanis and Regan explain in their introduction, they aim to “straddle a new territory somewhere between the textualism of literary New Historicism and the history of ideas associated with philosophic New Historicism, while also attempting to engage with the kind of issues that are relevant to working historians, such as sources, documentary evidence, methodology, and historical judgment” (6).

Language

eng

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