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Byron and the Victorians : Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture - Andrew Elfenbein

Byron and the Victorians

Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

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Published: 24th August 2004
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This book is the first full-length study of Byron's influence on Victorian writers, concentrating on Carlyle, Emily Bronte, 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.

"Elfenbein does a masterful job of examining these phenomena and demonstrating the way Victorian writers had to define themselves in relation to Byron...The book is fascinating, well-argued, well-supported, and thoroughly developed within the parameters of its topic." European Romantic Review "An important contribution to 19th-century studies." Choice "This is a very readable book that can be recommended to anyone interested in the intricate ways that one literary figure influences another." Studies in English Literature "...an impressive study..." Robert F. Gleckner, The Wordworth Circle

Introduction
Byron and the secret self
The creation of Byronism
Carlyle, Byronism, and the professional intellectual
Byron at the margins: Emily Brontë and the fate of Milo
The flight from vulgarity: Tennyson and Byron
The shady side of the sword: Bulwer Lytton, Disraeli, Wilde, and Byron's homosexuality
Afterword
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ISBN: 9780521607087
ISBN-10: 0521607086
Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 24th August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45