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In Byron's Shadow

David Roessel

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195143867
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871872 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143867.001.0001

Series: Classical Presences

In Byron's Shadow

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This book examines the significance of what Victor Hugo called the “Greece of Byron” or modern Greece in English and American literature. Although ancient Greece, Hugo's “Greece of Homer”, and modern Greece occupy the same geographical space on the map, they are two distinct entities in the Western imagination. Modern Greece, constructed by the early 19th-century ideals and ideas associated with Byron, has been “haunted, holy ground” in literature for almost two centuries. This book analyzes how authors employ ideas about romantic nationalism, gender politics, shifts in cultural constructions, and literary experimentation to create variations of “Greece” to suit changing eras.

Keywords: Greece; Byron; English literature; American literature; romantic nationalism; gender politics; cultural constructions; literary experimentation

Book.  408 pages. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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I Want to Revive Athens in In Byron's Shadow

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Dangerous Ground in In Byron's Shadow

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Pet Balkan People in In Byron's Shadow

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Politicized Pans in In Byron's Shadow

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Constantinople, Our Star in In Byron's Shadow

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