Liberty and Poetic Licence: New Essays on Byron

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Bernard G. Beatty, Tony Howe (Ph. D.), Charles E. Robinson
Liverpool University Press, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 244 pages
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Liberty and Poetic Licence enters new territory in Byron studies. The volume runs chronologically from the earliest of Byron's productions, through those of his early maturity, to those of his fullest development. It covers his output in both poetry and prose, and considers many works that do not generally claim, or have not generally claimed serious critical attention. The general theme running throughout the collection is that of 'freedom', with particular essays looking at grammar, geology, animal rights; literary, religious and intercontinental influences; poet-publisher relations; morality. These issues have not previously been addressed by Byron scholars and are rarely to be found together in the same volume. As a result Liberty and Poetic Licence provides a fresh approach to the study of Byron and his work.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Byron Tests the Freedom of Southwell
10
The Regime of Visibility and the Possibility of Resistance
20
Freedom and Fatality in Childe Harolds Pilgrimage Cantos III and IV
37
Byron Manfred Negativity and Freedom
50
Freeing the Self
60
The Language of Freedom and the Reality of Power in Byrons Mazeppa
72
Escaping the Aristocratic
88
Cain and Paradise Regained
132
Byrons Afterlife and the Emancipation of Geology
147
Byron and Grammatical Freedom
165
Byron Napoleon and Imaginative Freedom
181
Byron and StaŽl on Liberty
193
Byron Johnson and the Bowles Controversy
206
Byron and the Politics of Publication
219
Index
233

Byron Inkle and Yarico and the Chains of Love
103
Aesthetic Dialectic in Sardanapalus
117

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Bernard Beatty has research interests in Byron, poetry, literary continuities, poetry, the Scriptures, allegory and diction. In addition to numerous articles in journals, he has published Byron's Don Juan and Byron, Don Juan and Other Poems. Tony Howe is Academic Editor of The Byron Journal,and he has edited a number of collections of essays on Byron. Charles Robinson is Professor of English Romanticism at the University of Delaware and Executive Director of the Byron Society of America. He has written extensively on Romantic writers in all the major journals in the field, and he isthe author of Byron and Shelley: The Snake and Eagle Wreathed in Fight and the editor of Mary Shelley: Collected Tales and Stories.

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