Byron and Romanticism

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 15, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 311 pages
This 2002 collection of essays represents twenty-five years of work by one of the most important critics of Romanticism and Byron studies, Jerome McGann. The collection demonstrates McGann's evolution as a scholar, editor, critic, theorist, and historian. His 'General Analytic and Historical Introduction' to the collection presents a meditation on the history of his own research on Byron, in particular how scholarly editing interacted with the theoretical innovations in literary criticism over the last quarter of the twentieth century. McGann's receptiveness to dialogic forms of criticism is also illustrated in this collection, which contains an interview and concludes with a dialogue between McGann and the editor. Many of these essays have previously been available only in specialist scholarly journals. Now McGann's influential work on Byron can be appreciated more widely by new generations of students and scholars.

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Part I
Byron mobility and the poetics of historical ventriloquism
My brain is feminine Byron and the poetry of deception
What difference do the circumstances of publication make to the interpretation of a literary work?
Byron and the anonymous lyric
Private poetry public deception
Hero with a thousand faces the rhetoric of Byronism
Byron and the lyric of sensibility
History herstory theirstory ourstory
Literature meaning and the discontinuity of fact
Rethinking Romanticism
An interview with Jerome McGann
Poetry 17801832
Byron and Romanticism a dialogue Jerome McGann and the editor James Soderholm
Subject index
Authors index

Byron and Wordsworth
Part II

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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 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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