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Criticism has largely emphasized 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.
• 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