Fashioning Authorship in the Long Eighteenth Century

Stylish Books of Poetic Genius

  • Gerald Egan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 205-229

About this book


This book examines a singular cultural formation of the long eighteenth century, the poetic genius who was also a lady or gentleman of fashion. It applies an innovative mix of approaches — book history, Enlightenment and twentieth-century philosophy, visual studies, and material analyses of fashions in books and in dress — to specific editions of Alexander Pope, Mary Robinson and Lord Byron. In its material analyses of these books, this study looks closely at bindings, letterforms, engravings, newspaper advertisements, correspondence, and other ephemera. In its theoretical approaches, it takes up the interventions of Locke and Kant in connection with the visual theories of Richardson, Hogarth, and Reynolds. These investigations point ultimately to a profound connection between Enlightenment formulations of subjectivity, genius, and fashion, a link that is relevant to the construction of celebrity in our own cultural moment.


Visual culture Celebrity Book history Material history Eighteenth-century poetry Pope Byron Kant Locke

Authors and affiliations

  • Gerald Egan
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishCalifornia State University at Long BeachLong BeachUSA

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