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Transformations of Byron in the literature of British India

Ni Fhlathuin, Maire

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This essay examines the reception of Byron’s work, and some responses to it, among the poets of the British community in India during the first half of the nineteenth century.
The first section sketches some of the routes by which Byron’s work and accounts of his life were circulated and read in India and demonstrates the impact of his work on the poets of British India. These poets co-opted Byronic texts into their own writings in the form of epigraphs and other citations and allusions, composed responses to Byron and his work, and imitated the tropes, formats and themes of Byron’s poetry. The second section of the essay looks in more detail at selected examples of the many adaptations and imitations of Byron’s work that proliferated during this period. In these poems, Byronic models are propriated by writers whose chosen professions or relationships have the effect of aligning them with the colonial project of the East India Company. They re-imagined the encounter with the romanticized Orient that characterizes many of Byron’s works in response to the specific political and cultural contexts of British India in the nineteenth century.

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Ni Fhlathuin, M. (2014). Transformations of Byron in the literature of British India. Victorian Literature and Culture, 42(3), 573-593. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1060150314000151

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 9, 2014
Online Publication Date Jun 6, 2014
Publication Date Sep 30, 2014
Deposit Date Sep 19, 2013
Publicly Available Date Jun 6, 2014
Journal Victorian Literature and Culture
Print ISSN 1060-1503
Electronic ISSN 1060-1503
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 3
Pages 573-593
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S1060150314000151
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/2161
Publisher URL http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9318502&fileId=S1060150314000151
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This article has been accepted for publication and will appear in a revised form, subsequent to editorial input by Cambridge University Press, in 'Victorian Literature and Culture'. Copyright Cambridge University Press.

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