Christina Morin lectures in English literature at the University of Limerick, where she is also course director of the MA in Global Irish Studies. She is the author of The Gothic Novel in Ireland, c. 1760–1829 (MUP, 2018), which won the prestigious Robert Rhodes prize in 2019, and Charles Robert Maturin and the Haunting of Irish Romantic Fiction (MUP, 2011). She has also edited, with Marguérite Corporaal, Traveling Irishness in the Long Nineteenth Century (2017) and, with Niall Gillespie, Irish Gothics: Genres, Forms, Modes and Traditions (2014), both published by Palgrave Macmillan. Current projects include a monograph on Irish writers and the Minerva Press and a 200th anniversary celebration of the publication of Melmoth the Wanderer (1820) in collaboration with Marsh’s Library, Dublin.
Elizabeth Neiman is an Associate Professor of English and also Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Maine. Her monograph, Minerva’s Gothics: The Politics and Poetics of Romantic Exchange, 1780–1820 (UWP, 2019) shows that popular literary conventions connect now canonical male poets to their lesser-known female colleagues, drawing them into a dynamic if unequal set of exchanges that influences all of their work. A second book project explores what Minerva and other popular women’s novels reveal when read for glimpses of the personal. Deathbed scenes are a convention in women’s Romantic-era novels, but does this make the heroine’s expression of grief impersonal, generic—her lamentations the language of cliché? Neiman is also currently writing a memoir that explores grief, love and loss, though from the distance of sister.
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Date of acceptance: 7 January 2019.
Referring to this ArticleE. A. NEIMAN and C. MORIN. ‘Re-evaluating the Minerva Press: Introduction’, Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840, 23 (Summer 2020)
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