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In Byron's Shadow: Modern Greece in the English and American Imagination

David Roessel


This book examines the significance of what Victor Hugo called the “Greece of Byron” or modern Greece in English and American literature. Although ancient Greece, Hugo's “Greece of Homer”, and modern Greece occupy the same geographical space on the map, they are two distinct entities in the Western imagination. Modern Greece, constructed by the early 19th-century ideals and ideas associated with Byron, has been “haunted, holy ground” in literature for almost two centuries. This book analyzes how authors employ ideas about romantic nationalism, gender politics, shifts in cultural constructions, ... More

Keywords: Greece, Byron, English literature, American literature, romantic nationalism, gender politics, cultural constructions, literary experimentation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195143867
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143867.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Roessel, author
Princeton University

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