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The Suffering Traveller and the Romantic Imagination$
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Carl Thompson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259984

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259984.001.0001

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Romantic Travel II: Byronic Scripts

Romantic Travel II: Byronic Scripts

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(p.231) 6 Romantic Travel II: Byronic Scripts
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The Suffering Traveller and the Romantic Imagination
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259984.003.0007

This chapter explores Byron's indebtedness both to the literature of shipwreck and maritime misadventure outlined in Chapters 2 and 3, and to the literature of exploration outlined in Chapter 5. It shows how Byron offered a significantly different inflection of the misadventurer persona to that fashioned by Wordsworth. A discussion of the persona fashioned in Childe Harold suggests that for Byron, misadventure was valued in sensationalist terms, as a broadening of experience, rather than as a route to spiritual revelation. The corollary to this was a Byronic scepticism as to the Providentialist assumptions and conventions often apparent in Wordsworth's scripting of travel and misadventure. This scepticism is apparent in Byron's notorious rendering of a shipwreck in Don Juan, which is the subject of the second section of the chapter. The final section explores the politically transgressive aspects of Byron's stance as misadventurer.

Keywords:   travel, travel writing, poetry, Romantic, Romanticism, adventure, misadventure, Providentialism, shipwreck, Byron

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