Born for Opposition: Lord Byron and Madame de Stael

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Lord Byron and Madame de Stael made a great impression on Europe in the throes of the Napoleonic Wars, through their personalities, the versions of themselves which they projected through their works, and their literary engagement with contemporary life. However, the strong links between them have never before been explored in detail.. "This pioneering study looks at their personal relations, from their verbal sparring in Regency society, through the friendship which developed in Switzerland after Byron left England in 1816, to Byron's tributes to Mme de Stael after her death. It concentrates on their literary links, both direct responses to each other's works, and the copious evidence of shared concerns. The study deals with their treatment of gender, their grappling with the possibilities for heroic endeavour, their engagement with the social and political situations of Britain, France and Italy, and their conceptions of the role of the writer.
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Lord Byron and Madame de Sta<:e>l made a great impression on Europe in the throes of the Napoleonic Wars, through their personalities and their literary engagement with contemporary life. Wilkes (English, University of Auckland) looks into their personal relations, from their verbal sparring in Regency society, through their friendship in Switzerland and Lord Byron's tributes to Mme de Sta<:e>l after her death. He concentrates on their literary links, dealing with their treatment of gender, their grappling with the possibilities for heroic endeavor, and their conceptions of the role of the writer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840146998
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Nineteenth Century Series
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 'Their She Condition' 26
2 Heroines and Heroes 55
3 Citizens of the World 96
4 'Born for Opposition' 157
Bibliography 199
Index 207
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