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Susan Civale

Susan Civale is Reader in Romanticism at Canterbury Christ Church University. Her research interests lie in women’s writing of the long nineteenth-century, life writing, gothic literature and literary afterlives. Her monograph Romantic Women’s Life Writing: Reputation and Afterlife (Manchester University Press, 2019) considers how the publication of women’s ‘private lives’, through diaries, auto/biographies, letters and memoirs, influenced their literary reputations. She is now writing a book on Mary Shelley as a popular author.

Article: Romantic Novels 1817 and 1818

This special issue comes out of two ‘Romantic Novels’ seminar series, held in 2017 and 2018, inspired by the Romantic Bicentenary and hosted by the University of Greenwich, UK. Each of the twelve seminars focused on a novel published in either 1817 or 1818, which was introduced by an expert and then discussed by the group at large. Reading the twelve novels of 1817 and 1818, in 2017 and 2018, illuminated not only the range of fiction available in the late Romantic period, but also the dialgoues that emerged between these texts. Since many were composed concurrently, this is not so much a matter of direct influence as an effect of the zeitgeist. The five essays collected here represent some of what the editors came to see as the most pressing and persistent topics articulated across the fiction read, and what was discussed in the seminars. Continue reading

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