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Byron and Marginality$
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Norbert Lennartz

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474439411

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439411.001.0001

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‘Stand not on that brink!’: Byron, Gender and Romantic Suicide

‘Stand not on that brink!’: Byron, Gender and Romantic Suicide

(p.207) Chapter 11 ‘Stand not on that brink!’: Byron, Gender and Romantic Suicide
Byron and Marginality

Caroline Franklin

Edinburgh University Press

Byron’s splenetic wit looks right back to Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy as well as forward to the refusal of all orthodoxies that made André Breton and the Surrealists in the 20th century. Suicide became one of the main preoccupations of a coterie devoted to the revivification of the Gothic. Byron’s letters were saturated with references to suicide, comic and tragic. This essay is the first devoted entirely to Byron’s representations of suicide. Taking a historicist approach and one alert to gender the essay makes it clear that suicide was particularly relevant to the era when Byron was writing, when reform of the laws criminalising self-slaughter was being discussed in Parliament.

Keywords:   Suicide, Melancholy, Wertherism, Gender, Gothic, Sardanapalus, Manfred

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