The Shelley-Byron Circle and the Idea of Europe

  • Authors
  • Paul Stock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Paul Stock
      Pages 1-15
  3. The Childe Harold Pilgrimage: Byron’s European Tour, 1809–18

  4. Europe and the Universal Revolution: Percy Shelley’s Europe, 1817–22

  5. The System of Europe: Byron and European Politics, 1822–24

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 199-264

About this book


This book investigates how Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and their circle understood the idea of Europe. What geographical, cultural, and ideological concepts did they associate with the term? What does this tell us about politics and identity in early nineteenth-century Britain? In addressing these questions, Paul Stock challenges prevailing nationalist interpretations of Romanticism, but without falling prey to imprecise alternative notions of cosmopolitanism or "world citizenship." Instead, his book accounts for both the transnational and the local in Romantic writing, reassessing the period in terms of more complex, multi-layered identity politics.


Europe Greece Italy Percy Bysshe Shelley Portugal revolution Spain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2010
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-38231-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-10630-7
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