Special Issue of European Romantic Review: Worlds of Maria Edgeworth

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European Romantic Review is pleased to announce the publication of a Special Issue, ‘Worlds of Maria Edgeworth’, guest edited by Susan Manly and Joanna Wharton. 

‘The seven new essays published here explore the reach and ambition of Edgeworth’s ideas and writings, showing how she built on and rethought Scottish and French Enlightenment philosophies, experimented with the ideas of fiction and reality, voice and print, and used the opportunities granted to her as a member of the “republic of letters” to gain a political life and influence. They connect her not only to prominent thinkers of her time, many of whom were personally known to her or her father, but also to global networks of commerce, colonization, and empire’ (Manly and Wharton, Introduction).


Introduction: Worlds of Maria Edgeworth, Susan Manly and Joanna Wharton

The Secret of Castle Rackrent, Claire Connolly

Correspondence and Community: Maria Edgeworth’s Scottish Friends, Jane Rendall

Maria Edgeworth and Anna Letitia Barbauld: Print, Canons, and Female Literary Authority, Aileen Douglas

“A desert island is a delightful place”: Maria Edgeworth and Robinson Crusoe, Clíona Ó Gallchoir

Maria Edgeworth’s Private Theatricals: Patronage, Zara, and 1814, Gillian Russell

Maria Edgeworth and the Telegraph, Joanna Wharton

Maria Edgeworth’s Political Lives, Susan Manly

Full details are available here.