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Byronic Baddies, Melodramatic Anxieties

Juliet John

in Dickens's Villains: Melodrama, Character, Popular Culture

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198184614
eISBN:
9780191714214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184614.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses Byronic baddies and melodramatic anxieties. The Byronic hero appears to symbolise the kind of Romantic individualism Dickens despised. He is a self-destructive role-player, ... More


Child Saving, Nation Building: The Wide, Wide World and The Lamplighter

Carol J. Singley

in Adopting America: Childhood, Kinship, and National Identity in Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199779390
eISBN:
9780199895106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779390.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Girls figure prominently in mid-nineteenth-century adoption fiction, as evidenced by Susan Warner’s The Wide, Wide World (1851) and Susanna Maria Cummins’s The Lamplighter (1854). These novels, set ... More


Subjectivity and Imagination: From Hume to Kant via Berkeley

Kate Hext

in Walter Pater: Individualism and Aesthetic Philosophy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748646258
eISBN:
9780748693849
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646258.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that subjectivity and creativity become the immutable, distinguishing elements of Pater's Romantic Individualism. With this, Pater sets himself in opposition to the empirical ... More


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