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Romantic Autobiography in England (review)

Romantic Autobiography in England (review) Reviews 557 Eugene Stelzig, ed. Romantic Autobiography in England. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2009. 219 pp. ISBN 978-0754663669, $99.95. In his introduction to this collection of essays on English Romantic autobi- ography, Eugene Stelzig writes that this “ill-defi ned and contested” genre is “still up for interpretative grabs” (5). The contributions to this volume suggest the truth of these words, testifying both to the lack of modern critical consen- sus on what exactly constitutes a “Romantic autobiography,” and to the op- portunities for new approaches to the subject that such uncertainty opens up. Coming in the wake of James Treadwell’s provocative discussion of Autobio- graphical Writing and British Literature, 1783–1834 (Oxford UP, 2005), and other recent work, such as Arthur Bradley and Alan Rawes’s Romantic Biog- raphy (Ashgate, 2003), the collection is a valuable addition to current debates about the nature and limits of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British life writing. Its aim is “to map the debatable, unsystematic, and hybrid practice of Romantic autobiography in England from a variety of perspec- tives and in a variety of genres and modes . . . by a broad spectrum of prac- titioners, from the high and the semi to the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Romantic Autobiography in England (review)

Biography , Volume 33 (3) – Oct 30, 2010

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Reviews 557 Eugene Stelzig, ed. Romantic Autobiography in England. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2009. 219 pp. ISBN 978-0754663669, $99.95. In his introduction to this collection of essays on English Romantic autobi- ography, Eugene Stelzig writes that this “ill-defi ned and contested” genre is “still up for interpretative grabs” (5). The contributions to this volume suggest the truth of these words, testifying both to the lack of modern critical consen- sus on what exactly constitutes a “Romantic autobiography,” and to the op- portunities for new approaches to the subject that such uncertainty opens up. Coming in the wake of James Treadwell’s provocative discussion of Autobio- graphical Writing and British Literature, 1783–1834 (Oxford UP, 2005), and other recent work, such as Arthur Bradley and Alan Rawes’s Romantic Biog- raphy (Ashgate, 2003), the collection is a valuable addition to current debates about the nature and limits of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British life writing. Its aim is “to map the debatable, unsystematic, and hybrid practice of Romantic autobiography in England from a variety of perspec- tives and in a variety of genres and modes . . . by a broad spectrum of prac- titioners, from the high and the semi to the

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Published: Oct 30, 2010

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