The Shelley-Byron Circle and the Idea of Europe

Hardcover | March 15, 2010

byPaul Stock

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This book investigates how Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and their circle understood the idea of Europe. What geographical, cultural, and ideological concepts did they associate with the term? What does this tell us about politics and identity in early nineteenth-century Britain? In addressing these questions, Paul Stock challenges prevailing nationalist interpretations of Romanticism, but without falling prey to imprecise alternative notions of cosmopolitanism or “world citizenship.”  Instead, his book accounts for both the transnational and the local in Romantic writing, reassessing the period in terms of more complex, multi-layered identity politics.          

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This book investigates how Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and their circle understood the idea of Europe. What geographical, cultural, and ideological concepts did they associate with the term? What does this tell us about politics and identity in early nineteenth-century Britain? In addressing these questions, Paul Stock challenges prevai...

Paul Stock is Lecturer in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture at Birkbeck, University of London. He has also taught European history at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and University College London. 
Format:HardcoverDimensions:274 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:March 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230619630

ISBN - 13:9780230619630

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Part One: The Childe Harold Pilgrimage:  Byron’s European Tour, 1809-1818 * “Spain, Portugal and Greece”:  Byron on the Borders of Europe, 1809-1811 * “Repairing Shattered Thrones”:  Post-Waterloo * Europe and the Shelley-Byron Circle, June 1815-December 1816 * “The Elysium of Europe”:  Byron, Italy and Europe, June 1817-July 1818 * Part Two: Europe and the Universal Revolution:  Percy Shelley’s Europe, 1817-22 * “Revolution in a European Nation”:  The Shelley Circle, January 1817-March 1818 * “From a Particular to a Universal”:  the Shelley Circle, 1820-22 * Part Three: The System of Europe:  Byron and European Politics, 1822-24 * “A Congress for Outworn Europe”:  Byron’s International Relations, October 1822-July 1823 * The Cause of Greece, the Cause of Europe: The Byron Circle, July 1823-April 1824   

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“Paul Stock's carefully researched and subtly argued book offers a timely reevaluation of ideas of Europe in the Romantic period with particular reference to the writings of Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Stock's alertness to the complexity of European politics between 1809 and 1824 makes for a richly original assessment of their poetry. In addition, he invites scholars and critics of Romanticism to interrogate the terminology of nationalism and cosmopolitanism and demonstrates the rewards of confronting the diverse and often contradictory constructions of Europe in this period.”--Michael Rossington, Senior Lecturer in Romantic Literature, Newcastle University, UK