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Moving ImagesNineteenth-Century Reading and Screen Practices$
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Helen Groth

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748669486

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748669486.001.0001

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Byronic Networks

Byronic Networks

Circulating Images in Minds and Media

(p.54) Chapter 2 Byronic Networks
Moving Images

Helen Groth

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter reads the popular nineteenth-century mediation of Byron’s work in a range of panoramic formats as a multi-medial extension of already established practices of visual and linguistic mediation. Byron is transformed by this circulatory network into a fungible medium, a flickering figure that moves in and out of focus, guiding the reader to attend to a series of familiar privileged scenes, events and spaces, while holding out the prospect of intimate access, of speaking the same language as the poet. This chapter begins with the circulation of extracts from Byron’s poems in early panoramic guides and reviews of various Leicester Square Panorama and concludes with the spectacular use of panoramic technologies in mid-nineteenth century adaptations of one of Byron’s many controversial historical fictions, Sardanapalus.

Keywords:   Lord Byron, Romanticism, Panorama, Spectacle, Visual Culture, Reading Practices, Theatre History, History of Psychology

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