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Byron and Marginality

Norbert Lennartz


The collection of essays intends to show that everything about Byron’s poetic work baffles the scholarly desire for neat categorisations. Various attempts at re-mapping Romanticism have given ample evidence of the fact that, as one of the ‘big six’ in the Romantic canon, Byron outgrows Romanticism and epitomises the fallacious character of a period that has always been compared to a dangerous quicksand. In his self-incurred marginality, Byron subjects the entire genre of poetry to a severe process of deconstruction: his œuvre ranges from verse tale to “epic narratives”, versified romances and ... More

Keywords: Marginality vs centrality, Canonicity, Big six, Deconstruction, Scepticism, Bête humaine

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474439411
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439411.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norbert Lennartz, editor

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I. Byronʼs Marginalisation in Romantic World Literature

II. Byronʼs Marginal Identities and Places

III. Cherishing the Marginal – Marginal Genres in Byron

IV. On the Provocative Margins of Taste

V. Marginal Affairs – Visual and Paratextual Aspects in Byron