Romantic Circles is a refereed scholarly Website devoted to the study of Romantic-period literature and culture. 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.
Romantic Circles is currently serving approximately 3.5 million pages each year to users in over 160 countries around the world. Among various forms of honors and recognition, Romantic Circles was selected in 1997 by the NEH, the MCI Foundation, and the Council for Great City Schools as one of the 21 best sites on the Internet for education in the humanities and has been participating since then in the EdSITEment program. It has also been the recipient of a major education development grant from the NEH. More recently, in February 2006 the ongoing Poets on Poets series was made a featured site at the prominent Poetry Foundation Web site. Romantic Circles was among the first and remains one of the most active and important peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
Romantic Circles was co-founded in 1995 by Carl Stahmer, Neil Fraistat, Steven E. Jones, and Donald Reiman. It was officially launched in November 1996, and Stahmer served as one of the sites General Editors from its founding until 2006, when he resigned to take up his post as Associate Director of the English Broadside Ballad Archive. The entire Romantic Circles technology infrastructure was designed, built, and maintained exclusively by Carl Stahmer until 1999, and from 1999-2006 he maintained direct oversight over all aspects of the Romantic Circles publishing platform.
Visit Romantic Circles at www.rc.umd.edu.