The Byron Journal

Burns, Byron and the Carnivalesque: Politics, Utopia, Performance

The Byron Journal (2011), 39, (2), 135–147.

Abstract

This essay is concerned with a common feature of Byron's and Burns's writings – the carnivalesque. It focuses particularly on, in Burns's case, the close links between the carnivalesque and utopia and, in Byron's case, the carnivalesque as a foundation for the performativity of literary texts. It argues that Burns's interest in the carnivalesque results in the performative reconstitution of society as a collective grotesque body, while Byron's interest in the carnivalesque pushes the deconstructive potential of Bakhtinian 'heteroglossia' towards a new understanding of literariness as freedom from personality.

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Procházka, Martin