Byronic heroes in nineteenth-century women's writing and screen adaptation


Byronic heroes in nineteenth-century women's writing and screen adaptation

Sarah Wootton

Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 230-247) and index



Byronic Heroes in Nineteenth-Century Women's Writing and Screen Adaptation charts a new chapter in the changing fortunes of a unique cultural phenomenon. This book examines the afterlives of the Byronic hero through the work of nineteenth-century women writers and screen adaptations of their fiction. It is a timely reassessment of Byron's enduring legacy during the nineteenth century and beyond, focusing on the charged and unstable literary dialogues between Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot and a Romantic icon whose presence takes centre stage in recent screen adaptations of their most celebrated novels. The broad interdisciplinary lens employed in this book concentrates on the conflicted rewritings of Byron's poetry, his 'heroic' protagonists, and the cult of Byronism in nineteenth-century novels from Pride and Prejudice to Middlemarch, and extends outwards to the reappearance of Byronic heroes on film and in television series over the last two decades.


AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Jane Austen's Byronic Heroes I: Northanger Abbey and Sense and Sensibility2. Jane Austen's Byronic Heroes II: Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice3. Elizabeth Gaskell's Byronic Heroes: Wives and Daughters and North and South4. George Eliot's Byronic Heroes I: Early Works and Poetry5. George Eliot's Byronic Heroes II: Later WorksNotesBibliographyIndex

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