Review: Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770-1845, ed. Fermanis and Regan
Journal of British Studies
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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).
Stevens, A. H.
Review: Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770-1845, ed. Fermanis and Regan.
Journal of British Studies, 56(4),