Byron's Ghosts

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Byron's Ghosts

The Spectral, the Spiritual and the Supernatural

Liverpool English Texts and Studies, 62


October 11th, 2013

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Byron is rarely thought of as a spiritual writer. However, as this bold new collection shows, this is the result of an impoverished notion of the ‘spiritual’ and a reflection of biased priorities in Romantic studies. Reflecting on the poet’s claim that ‘immaterialism’s a serious matter’, this interdisciplinary collection of essays, from British and American scholars, calls into question the prevailing ‘materialist’ consensus, and offers a fresh and theoretically inflected reading of Byron’s poetry. Byron’s Ghosts is the first book-length examination of spectrality in Byron’s work. It is on the one hand concerned with what Mary Shelley in her essay ‘On Ghosts’ refers to as ‘the true old-fashioned, foretelling, flitting, gliding ghost’, though it is also a postmodern response to the ‘spectral turn’ in critical theory, which brings into view a range of phantom effects and ‘non-Gothic’ spectres. Focusing attention on these diverse modalities of the ghostly, the specially assembled essays complicate the popular image of Byron as a sceptical or ‘anti-Romantic’ poet and reveal a great deal about his work that could not be uncovered in any other way.

Author Information

Gavin Hopps is a Lecturer in Literature and Theology at the University of St Andrews. His previous books include 'Morrissey: The Pageant of His Bleeding Heart' (Continuum, 2009) and 'Romanticism and Religion from William Cowper to Wallace Stevens', co-edited with Jane Stabler (Ashgate, 2006).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title page4
Copyright page5
Texts and Abbreviations11
Chapter 141
Chapter 259
Chapter 394
Chapter 4108
Chapter 5142
Chapter 6158
Chapter 7176
Chapter 8195
Chapter 9213
Notes on Contributors251