Title

Astarte’s Shadow: The Iconography of Forgiveness in Byron’s Manfred

Publication Date

2019

Description

What this essay explores is the way in which the illustrations of Byron’s poetry, particularly images of his two heroines, Manfred's Astarte and The Giaour's Leila, reveal a great deal about the public response not so much to Byron’s poetry but rather to their own projected narratives and fantasies about Byron on to his poetry. Perhaps counter-intuitively, I will argue that it is by taking a careful look at the ways in which Byron’s heroines are illustrated that we are granted a window into the public view of the poet himself.

Journal

Romantic Circles

Volume

Praxis series

Issue

June 2019

Department

English

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