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Byron's GhostsThe Spectral, the Spiritual and the Supernatural$
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Gavin Hopps

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846319709

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846319709.001.0001

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Introduction: The Re-Enchantment of Romanticism

Introduction: The Re-Enchantment of Romanticism

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(p.1) Introduction: The Re-Enchantment of Romanticism
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Byron's Ghosts
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Gavin Hopps

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846319709.003.0001

This introductory chapter begins with a sketch of postmodern re-enchantment in order to explain one aspect of this book’s enterprise — namely, a scholarly concern not only with Derridean spectres but also with what Mary Shelley describes as ‘the true old-fashioned, foretelling, flitting, gliding ghost’. It then explains what this has got to do with Romanticism in general and Byron in particular. It asks why his poetry, of all the Romantics, is especially relevant to debates about postmodern enchantment? And why might the re-enchantment narrative be a fruitful context in which to reconsider his work? An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Byron, postmodern re-enchantment, Romantics, poetry

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