Romantic Circles

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Romantic Circles
Established 1996
General Editors Neil Fraistat and Steven E. Jones
Location College Park, Maryland, USA

Romantic Circles is an academic peer-reviewed website dedicated to the study of Romantic literature and culture, featuring online editions of many texts of the Romantic era, as well as essays devoted to Romantic literature, culture, and theory. It is published by the University of Maryland and supported, in part, by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), and the English Departments of Loyola University of Chicago and the University of Maryland.[1]


Romantic Circles was officially launched in November 1996 by founding general editors Neil Fraistat, Steven E. Jones, Donald Reiman, and Carl Stahmer.


Of its core peer-reviewed content, Romantic Circles currently (as of March 2015) houses 38 critically edited electronic editions of literary works, 56 volumes of criticism in its Praxis Series, 5 volumes in its Romantic Pedagogy Commons series, 22 research resources in its Scholarly Resources section, and a section of 275 digitally curated images associated with the Romantic era in The Gallery.[2]

The site is broken up into several main sections:

  • Electronic Editions: Offers a searchable archive of texts of the Romantic era, enhanced by technology made possible in an online environment. Each edition is based on the highest scholarly standards and is peer-reviewed. The section is edited by Tilar Mazzeo.[3]
  • Praxis Series: Devoted to using computer technologies to investigate critically the languages, cultures, histories, and theories of Romanticism. RCPS is committed to mapping out this terrain with the best and most exciting critical writing of contemporary Romanticist scholarship. The section is edited by Orrin N.C. Wang.[4]
  • Scholarly Resources: Offers online research tools approved by the General Editors of the site, intended for the study of the Romantics, their contemporaries, and their cultural contexts. Includes Bibliographies, Indexes and Concordances, Bibliographies, and other miscellaneous resources.[5]
  • Pedagogies: Includes a peer-reviewed journal entitled "Romantic Pedagogy Commons",[6] a "Teaching Romanticism" blog (edited by Katherine Singer),[7] as well as online syllabi, a MOO, and other teaching resources.[8]
  • Reviews: Offers reviews of key works of scholarship related to the Romantic period, with an emphasis on "delivering the timeliest responses to new directions in Romanticism."[9]
  • Romantic Circles Blog: Provides "News, notes, and announcements from the RC Community"[10]
  • The Gallery: A curated gallery of Romantic-era images.


  • The site has been recognised by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as one of the best 21 sites on the Internet for education in the humanities.
  • The United States Library of Congress has selected Romantic Circles for inclusion in its historic collections of Internet materials. Over time, the Web archiving team will make Romantic Circles available to researchers both onsite at Library facilities and though the Library’s public website.[11][12]

Current general editors[edit]

  • Neil Fraistat and Steven E. Jones.[13]


  1. ^ "Home - Romantic Circles". Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  2. ^ Numbers arrived at by counting items on the section landing pages.
  3. ^ "Electronic Editions - Romantic Circles". 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  4. ^ "Praxis Series - Romantic Circles". 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  5. ^ "Scholarly Resources - Romantic Circles". 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  6. ^ "Pedagogies Commons - Pedagogies - Romantic Circles". 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  7. ^ "Teaching Romanticism: An RC Pedagogies Blog". Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  8. ^ "Pedagogies - Romantic Circles". Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  9. ^ "Romantic Circles Reviews » About Romantic Circles Reviews". 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  10. ^ "Romantic Circles Blog". Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  11. ^ "Web Archiving (Library of Congress)". Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  12. ^ "Romantic Circles selected as "Historic Collection" by Library of Congress". Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
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