The Byron Journal

The journal publishes scholarly articles and notes on all aspects of Byron's writings and life, and on related topics.

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 1, 2012

Bound by Blood: Incestuous Desire in the Works of Byron
AbstractThis article investigates Byron's use of the incest theme. It departs from the kind of biographical criticism often used to explore the theme of desire in Byron's work, as this interpretive paradigm both understates the complexity of Byron's...
Byron and the Jews
BYRON AND THE JEWS. By Sheila A. Spector. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2010. Pp.xii + 244. ISBN 978 0 8143 3442 3. $59.95.Sheila Spector's book is a serious one on a serious and important subject about which she knows a great deal. It would...
Byron and the Politics of Freedom and Terror
BYRON AND THE POLITICS OF FREEDOM AND TERROR. Edited by Matthew J. A. Green and Piya Pal-Lapinski. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Pp. 237. ISBN 978 0 230 246461. £50.00.As this collection of essays arcs from Matthew Green's reading of The Giaour,...
Byron and Women [and Men]
BYRON AND WOMEN [AND MEN]. Edited by Peter Cochran. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. Pp. 302. ISBN 978 1 4438 1988 6. £44.99.Byron scholarship has been greatly enriched by the writings of Peter Cochran. His latest edited volume, containing...
Byron in Geneva: That Summer of 1816
BYRON IN GENEVA: THAT SUMMER OF 1816. By David Ellis. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2011. Pp. 189. ISBN 978 1 846 316432. £25.00.The summer of 1816 is somewhat legendary among Romanticists. The idea of Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron...
Byron's Catholic Confessions
AbstractThis essay briefly considers Byron's general relationship with Catholicism and then examines in greater detail his two very different accounts of confession in The Giaour and Parisina. The Giaour's approach to confession is secular, while Parisina's...
Childish Loves
CHILDISH LOVES. By Benjamin Markovits. London: Faber and Faber, 2011. Pp 397. ISBN 978 0 571 23336 6. £14.99.This is the third of Markovits's trilogy of Byronic biofictions, following Imposture (2007), which fictionalised the story of Polidori's 'The...
'D-D Corkscrew Staircases': Byron's Hangovers
AbstractThis essay examines the odd richness of a Byronic hangover. It firstly provides a detailed account of Byron's hangovers as documented in his correspondence to Hobhouse, Moore and others before situating what Byron knew about his constitution...
'Demolished Worlds': Manfred and Sublime (Un)burial
AbstractThis article considers the role of space in structuring both physical and psychological entombment in Manfred. It argues that Byron undoes the Wordsworthian reading of sublime nature in part by utilising gothic notions of repression and burial...
Editorial
This is my final issue as the editor of The Byron Journal. Thank you to everyone involved in the journal - the Editorial Board, the Advisory Editors, all at Liverpool University Press, the many contributors I have worked with and, most importantly, the...
Introducing Romanticism: A Graphic Guide
INTRODUCING ROMANTICISM: A GRAPHIC GUIDE. By Duncan Heath and Judy Boreham. London: Icon Books, 2011. Pp. 176. ISBN 978 1 848 311787. £6.99.The purpose of the 'Introducing' series of graphic guides is to offer a broad brushstroke induction into the study...
Jane Austen & Charles Darwin: Naturalists and Novelists
JANE AUSTEN & CHARLES DARWIN: NATURALISTS AND NOVELISTS. By Peter W. Graham. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008. Pp. 214. ISBN 978 0 754 658511. £50.00.Jane Austen and Charles Darwin are an unlikely combination for a comparative study. Not only did they work...
Report from the Salerooms
The first British sale with a Byron interest in 2011 was at Lyon and Turnbull in Edinburgh on 26 January. Lot 128 was a copy of the first edition of Hours of Idleness, published by S. and J. Ridge of Newark in 1807. The auctioneers described the book...
Romantic Interactions: Social Being and the Turns of Literary Action
ROMANTIC INTERACTIONS: SOCIAL BEING AND THE TURNS OF LITERARY ACTION. By Susan J. Wolfson. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2010. Pp. 381. ISBN 080 1 894 735. £36.50.Susan Wolfson opens her latest study by gesturing at the mythos of the solitary...
'Romanticism' - and Byron
'ROMANTICISM' - AND BYRON. By Peter Cochran. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. Pp. lv+ 395. ISBN 1 4438 0113 5. £44.99.This is a curious but compelling book. At first glance, it seems a bit oddly put together. We have a long introductory...
Romanticism and the Uses of Genre
ROMANTICISM AND THE USES OF GENRE. By David Duff. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Pp. 256. ISBN 978 0 19 95727 8. £69.00.The 'primary aim' of Romanticism and the Uses of Genre is 'not to study the development' or the uses of 'individual genres'...
The Doctor Dissected: A Cultural Autopsy of the Burke and Hare Murders
THE DOCTOR DISSECTED: A CULTURAL AUTOPSY OF THE BURKE AND HARE MURDERS. By Caroline McCracken-Flesher. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Pp. 286. ISBN 978 0 19 976682 6. £40.00.Caroline McCracken-Flesher's innovative, bold, pacy, perky...
The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Romanticism
THE EDINBURGH COMPANION TO SCOTTISH ROMANTICISM. Edited by Murray Pittock. Edinburgh University Press, 2011. Pp. 264. ISBN 978 0 7486 3845 1 (HB); 978 0 7486 3846 8 (PB). £65.00 and £21.99.Fewer than twenty years ago, a prevailing orthodoxy held that...
The International Byron Societies 2011-2012
THE BYRON SOCIETYThe programme for our fortieth anniversary year began on 27 January 2011 at the Naval Club, where we were delighted to welcome Mr William St Clair to speak to us on 'Byron: The Last Half Century'. Mr St Clair traced the re-awakening...
The Ivory Gate: Later Poems & Fragments
THE IVORY GATE: LATER POEMS & FRAGMENTS. By Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Edited by Alan Halsey. Hastings: ReScript Books, 2011. Pp. 120. ISBN 978 1 874400 49 3. £9.00.When Thomas Lovell Beddoes died a lonely death by his own hand in January 1849 he had...
The Other Ghost in Don Juan
AbstractThis essay examines the narrative disjunction between Cantos VI and VII of Don Juan, the only one of eight physical removes within the poem that is unexplained. The disjunction occurs when the hero is plucked without explanation from the executioner's...
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