The Byron Journal

‘Sometimes I feel like the whole human race’: Lord Byron and David Bowie Consider the Question of Identity

The Byron Journal (2018), 46, (2), 113–126.

Abstract

Both Lord Byron and David Bowie use their work to explore the meaning and construction of identity. While Byron performs this investigation largely through his poetry, Bowie performs it via both his lyrics and his stagecraft, as well as via his assumption of numerous different personae throughout his career. This article examines Bowie’s questioning of the concept of stable identity during the 1973–82 period, linking it to similar explorations by Byron and emphasising ways in which Bowie extends Byron’s thinking, and the thinking of those Enlightenment philosophers on whom Byron built, toward new possibilities. It argues that, while not necessarily engaging with Byron consciously, Bowie nonetheless continues the interrogation of identity that Byron began.

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Bernhard-Jackson, Emily A.

Bernhard-Jackson, Emily A.