The Byronic hero and the Victorian heroine

Lansdown, R.D. (2001) The Byronic hero and the Victorian heroine. Critical Review, 41. pp. 105-116.

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[Extract] In chapter five of George Eliot's Felix Holt, the eponymous hero happens to knock over the heroine's work-basket, sitting on a table next to his chair. Esther Lyon's sewing equipment falls out over the floor, and with it a book 'Byron's Poems!', Felix exclaims - in what the narrator calls 'a tone of disgust' - 'What! do you stuff your memory with Byron, Miss Lyon?' Not yet under Esther's spell Felix takes the opportunity to poke fun at her literary taste. 'A misanthropic debauchee: he says of Byron,'whose notion of a hero was that he should disorder his stomach and despise mankind. His corsairs and renegades, his Alps and Manfreds, are the most paltry puppets that were ever pulled by the strings of lust and pride.

Item ID: 13416
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: English literature; kiterary criticism
ISSN: 0070-1548
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2012 22:48
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