About Routledge Historical Resources: Romanticism

Introducing Routledge Historical Resources: Romanticism

Romanticism (forthcoming) is an exciting new online platform that will bring together the best and most relevant scholarship from Taylor & Francis, its imprints, and its authors.

It will be the third offering from the new Routledge Historical Resources online programme that has been created to provide both academics and students with an in-depth research tool for studying the long Nineteenth Century through thematic collections in areas such as Feminism, the History of Economic Thought, Culture and the Arts and Empire, among others.

This resource will cover the fascinating subject of British and Irish Romanticism and will focus on the period 1780-1830. It will contain an extensive range of primary and secondary resources, including full books, selected chapters, and journal articles, as well as new thematic essays and videos, and subject introductions on its five key structural themes:

  • Critical Concepts
  • Genre
  • History and Politics
  • Culture
  • Modern Critical Approaches

There is a video introduction from the Academic Editors Professor Duncan Wu, Professor John Strachan and Dr Jane Moore in which they introduce the subject of Romanticism and the resource as a whole. The resource also contains an image gallery of photographs and illustrations that can be used in teaching and study.

Rich metadata at chapter and article level will make searching for the content you need efficient and effective. Users will be able to refine searches by subject, region, period, notable figure and contributor as well as conduct key word searches.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the widely studied period of 1780-1830
  • 1000s of chapters of primary source collections, some available here in electronic format for the first time
  • More than 1,000 chapters of secondary book content
  • Over 100 journal articles from a range of Taylor & Francis journals
  • An introductory video to the subject and resource from the Academic Editors
  • 14 newly commissioned thematic essays by experts in the field
  • 15 newly commissioned video essays presented by experts in the field
  • Short introductions to outline the 5 key subject areas
  • An image gallery to aid research and study
  • Browsing available by Subject, Region, Period and Notable Figures
  • View texts on site or download the PDF
  • Intuitive search tools enable users to find exactly the material they need
  • Detailed metadata at chapter and article level using a carefully chosen taxonomy of terms


All of the book chapters and journal articles which will be presented in this resource have been curated in partnership with the Academic Editors, from Taylor & Francis’ extensive range of published materials. Content will be arranged into 5 key subject categories, each with their own short subject introductions, to assist research and study, and the newly commissioned thematic essays and videos provide an insightful overview and excellent starting point to different vital topics within Romanticism. The resource will focus on the period 1780-1830, however many of the primary source collections included extend beyond this period.

Content Types

  • Journal articles – Journal articles have been specifically chosen from a range of Taylor & Francis journals in order to compliment the focus of the resource. The articles include those originally published from 1987-2017.
  • Primary source collections  Our primary source collections mainly consist of sets of volumes from our Routledge Major Works programme and the Pickering Masters series. These are edited collections of primary source documents that contain new introductions and editorial notes.
  • Whilst some of the primary source collections can be read directly on the site, others can be read on a PDF viewer. This is because many of the primary source collections contain facsimile content.
  • Many of these volumes are available here for the first time electronically.
  • Secondary source chapters – The secondary book chapters on the resource are derived from a wide range of text types, including monographs, handbooks and sourcebooks. Where only part of the book is relevant to the Romanticism resource and time period we cover, only the relevant chapters are included.
  • Thematic essays and videos – The thematic essays and videos have been commissioned especially for this resource and offer readers an insightful overview of key topics in Romanticism.
  • Subject introductions – These subject introductions have been designed to provide users with a brief overview of 5 main subject categories within Romanticism. Written by the Academic Editors of the resource, each introduction explains what the categories cover and make interesting reading suggestions.
  • Gallery images – The images included come from the private collections of Professor Duncan Wu and Professor Emeritus Paul Betz.

Academic Editors

Professor Duncan Wu is Raymond A. Wagner Professor of Literary Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He is the author of 30 Great Myths about the Romantics (2014) and the editor of Romanticism: An Anthology, now in its fourth edition.

Dr Jane Moore is Reader in English Literature at Cardiff University.  She is co-author, with John Strachan, of Key Concepts in Romantic Literature, 1789-1830 (2010) and author of Mary Wollstonecraft (1999).  She is editor of The Satires of Thomas Moore, Volume 5, British Satire, 1785-1840 (2013) and an essay collection, Mary Wollstonecraft (2012).

Professor John Strachan is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at Bath Spa University. He has masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford.  His books include Advertising and Satirical Culture in the Romantic Period (Cambridge UP, 2007), The Poems of John Keats (Routledge, 2003), and a collection of poetry, Waterloo: The Field of Blood (2015).  John’s many scholarly editions of Romantic poetry include British Satire 1785-1840 (2003) and Leigh Hunt’s Poetical Works (2003).  Professor Strachan is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Associate Editor (Romanticism) for the Oxford Companion to English Literature.