Romantic Satanism: Myth and the Historical Moment in Blake, Shelley and Byron

Romantic Satanism: Myth and the Historical Moment in Blake, Shelley and Byron

by P. Schock
     
 

ISBN-10: 1403911827

ISBN-13: 9781403911827

Pub. Date: 07/08/2003

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK

Criticism has largely emphasised the private meaning of 'Romantic Satanism', treating it as the celebration of subjectivity through allusions to Paradise Lost that voice Satan's solitary defiance. The first full-length treatment of its subject, Romantic Satanism explores this literary phenomenon as a socially produced myth exhibiting the response of writers to their

Overview

Criticism has largely emphasised the private meaning of 'Romantic Satanism', treating it as the celebration of subjectivity through allusions to Paradise Lost that voice Satan's solitary defiance. The first full-length treatment of its subject, Romantic Satanism explores this literary phenomenon as a socially produced myth exhibiting the response of writers to their milieu . Through contextualized readings of the major works of Blake, Shelley, and Byron, this book demonstrates that Satanism enabled Romantic writers to interpret their tempestuous age: it provided them a mythic medium for articulating the hopes and fears their age aroused, for prophesying and inducing change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403911827
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
07/08/2003
Edition description:
2003
Pages:
213
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction The Cultural Matrix of Romantic Satanism Blake, the Son of Fire, and the God of this World Base and Aristocratic Artificers of Ruin: Plebeian Blasphemy and the Satanic School Saviour and Avenger: Shellyan Satanism and the Face of Change Ironic Modes of Satanism in Byron and Shelley Epliogue: The Ghost of Abel Notes Bibliography Index

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