Lord Byron and Scandalous Celebrity / Clara Tuite.

Author
Tuite, Clara, 1964- [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Description
xxv, 312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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"The Regency period in general, and the aristocrat-poet Lord Byron in particular, were notorious for scandal, but the historical circumstances of this phenomenon have yet to be properly analysed. Lord Byron and Scandalous Celebrity explores Byron's celebrity persona in the literary, social, political and historical contexts of Regency Britain and post-Napoleonic Europe that produced it. Clara Tuite argues that the Byronic enigma that so compelled contemporary audiences - and provoked such controversy with its spectacular Romantic Satanism - can be understood by means of 'scandalous celebrity', a new form of ambivalent fame that mediates between notoriety and traditional forms of heroic renown. Examining Byron alongside contemporary figures including Caroline Lamb, Stendhal, Napoleon Bonaparte and Lord Castlereagh, Tuite illuminates the central role played by Byron in the literary, political and sexual scandals that mark the Regency as a vital period of social transition and emergent celebrity culture"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 284-302) and index.
Contents
Prologue: proverbially notorious -- Introduction: the meteor's milieu -- Part I. Worldlings: 1. Caroline Lamb, more like a beast; 2. Stendhal, on his knees; 3. Napoleon, that fallen star; 4. Bloody Castlereagh -- Part II. Writings: 5. Childe Harold IV and the pageant of his bleeding heart; 6. Don Juan: the life and work of infamous poems -- Part III. After-Warriors: 7. Byron's Head and the pirate sphere -- Epilogue: you may be devil.
ISBN
  • 9781107082595 (hardback)
  • 1107082595 (hardback)
LCCN
2014027838
OCLC
888025330
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