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Byron and Romanticism

Byron and Romanticism

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

  • Date Published: September 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521007221

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  • This collection of essays represents twenty-five years of work by a leading critic of Romanticism in general and Byron in particular. It demonstrates McGann's evolution as a scholar, editor, critic, theorist, and historian, and his engagement with the main schools of literary criticism since the advent of structuralism in the 1960s. Many of these essays have previously been available only in specialist scholarly journals. Now for the first time McGann's important and influential work on Byron can be appreciated by new generations of students and scholars.

    • Collected essays of the world's leading Byron scholar available in one volume for the first time
    • Important insights into Byron's work, and the ways in which this has been perceived by scholars, critics and theorists over the past thirty years
    • Introduction and concluding dialogue bringing McGann's own career and Byron scholarship into new focus
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...represents a quarter-century of important scholarly work on the subtle ironies of Byron's poetry and of the Byzantine connections between that poetry and Byron's complicated life...a smart book." Richmond Times-Dispatch

    "Fascinating and complex." European Romantic Reviews

    "A smart book...a stride in the right direction toward a reform that the serious study of literature urgently needs..." Richmond Times-Dispatch

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521007221
    • length: 326 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General analytical and historical introduction
    Part I:
    1. Milton and Byron
    2. Byron and Wordsworth
    3. Byron, mobility, and the poetics of historical ventriloquism
    4. 'My brain is feminine': Byron and the poetry of deception
    5. What difference do the circumstances of publication make to the interpretation of a literary work?
    6. Byron and the anonymous lyric
    7. Byron and 'the truth in masquerade'
    8. Private poetry, public deception
    9. Hero with a thousand faces: the rhetoric of Byronism
    10. Byron and the lyric of sensibility
    Part II:
    11. A point of reference
    12. History, herstory, theirstory, ourstory
    13. Literature, meaning, and the discontinuity of fact
    14. Rethinking romanticism
    15. An interview with Jerome McGann
    16. Poetry, 1780–1832
    17. Byron and romanticism, a dialogue (Jerome McGann and the editor, James Soderholm).

  • Author

    Jerome McGann, University of Virginia
    Jerome J. McGann is the John Stewart Bryan University Professor, University of Virginia, and the Thomas Holloway Professor of Victorian Media and Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Byron, Fiery Dust (1962) and Don Juan In Context (1972) and the editor of The Complete Poetical Works of Lord Byron (1980–1993).


    James Soderholm, Charles University, Prague
    James Soderholm is Fulbright Scholar and Associate Professor of English and American Literature at Charles University in Prague. He is the author of Fantasy, Forgery, and the Byron Legend (1996) and Beauty and the Critic: Aesthetics in an Age of Cultural Studies (1997).

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