Circulating Images in Minds and Media
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.
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