Featured Publication: Nineteenth-Century Prose Special Issue on William Godwin


A special issue of the journal, Nineteenth-Century Prose, is devoted to the study of William Godwin. In their article “Godwin’s Citations, 1783-2005: Highest Renown at the Pinnacle of Disfavor,” Pamela Clemit and Avner Offer provide some surprising and significant data concerning Godwin’s reception.

Pamela Clemit

Rowland Weston has guest-edited a special double issue of Nineteenth-Century Prose (41: 1/2, Spring/Fall 2014). The volume devotes 424 pages to new Godwin scholarship, and includes a stimulating and provocative introduction by the editor.

Thanks to Rowland for providing this summary of the volume’s contents:

This special issue of Nineteenth-Century Prose brings together the latest writing on Godwin from emerging and established scholars. It comprises twelve essays analysing texts from across the whole of Godwin’s career, and beyond (including a posthumous publication of 1873). Pamela Clemit and Avner Offer, in “Godwin’s Citations, 1783-2005: Highest Renown at the Pinnacle of Disfavor”, provide some surprising and significant data concerning Godwin’s reception. Their work is certain to establish important new directions in Godwin studies. While Godwin’s reception across time has been misunderstood, even less is known about his reception outside the Anglophone world. Begoña Lasa Álvarez, in ‘William Godwin and the Spanish Enlightenment’, provides…

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