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Byron's Ghosts: The Spectral, the Spiritual and the Supernatural

Gavin Hopps


Byron is rarely thought of as a spiritual writer. However, as this book shows, this is the result of an impoverished notion of the ‘spiritual’ and a reflection of biased priorities in Romantic studies. Reflecting on the poet’s claim that ‘immaterialism’s a serious matter’, this book calls into question the prevailing ‘materialist’ consensus, and offers a fresh and theoretically inflected reading of Byron’s poetry. The book, by examining the spectrality in Byron’s work, is on the one hand concerned with what Mary Shelley in her essay ‘On Ghosts’ refers to as ‘the true old-fashioned, foretelling ... More

Keywords: Byron, spiritual, materialist consensus, Mary Shelley, On Ghosts, anti-Romantic, poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781846319709
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846319709.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gavin Hopps, editor
University of St Andrews