Byron and the Victorians: BYRON & THE VICTORIANS by Andrew ElfenbeinByron and the Victorians: BYRON & THE VICTORIANS by Andrew Elfenbein

Byron and the Victorians: BYRON & THE VICTORIANS

byAndrew ElfenbeinEditorGillian Beer

Paperback | July 29, 2004

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This book is the first full-length study of Byron's influence on Victorian writers, concentrating on Carlyle, Emily Brontë, Tennyson, Bulwer-Lytton, Disraeli and Wilde. It has two emphases--to demonstrate the ways that institutions of cultural production mediate the access that later writers have to earlier ones, and to suggest the many different responses that Victorian writers had to Byron and to his celebrity in British culture. It argues that defining oneself against Byron became a ritual of the Victorian authorial career. Victorian writers did not reject Byron outright: instead, they defined themselves through fictions of personal development away from values associated with Byron toward those associated with themselves as mature Victorian writers.
Title:Byron and the Victorians: BYRON & THE VICTORIANSFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:July 29, 2004Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521607086

ISBN - 13:9780521607087

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Byron and the secret self; 2. The creation of Byronism; 3. Carlyle, Byronism, and the professional intellectual; 4. Byron at the margins: Emily Brontë and the fate of Milo; 5. The flight from vulgarity: Tennyson and Byron; 6. The shady side of the sword: Bulwer Lytton, Disraeli, Wilde, and Byron's homosexuality; Afterword.

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"...an impressive study..." Robert F. Gleckner, The Wordworth Circle