This collection of essays sets out to expolore the renewad interest in Romantic arist-figures in the context of the current renaissance of what may be called life-writing 'Romantic 'bio-fictions.
It appears that the lives of the British Romantics and the myths surrounding them have a special appeal for contemporary writers.The present volume sets out to explore this renewed interest in Romantic artist-figures in the context of the current renaissance of 'life-writing'. The essays collected here deal with Romantic 'biofictions' by such authors as Peter Ackroyd, Adrian Mitchell, Ann Jellicoe, Liz Lochhead, Judith Chernaik, Amanda Prantera, Robert Nye, Tom Stoppard, Howard Brenton, Edward Bond, and others. Thomas Chatterton, William Blake, James Hogg, Sir Walter Scott, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, John Polidori, John Clare, and -- most prominently -- Lord Byron featureas the 'biographical subjects' in the works discussed.
Introduction - Martin MiddekeAn Intertextual Quest for Thomas Chatterton: The Deconstruction of the Romantic Cult of Originality and the Paradoxes of Life-Writing in Peter Ackroyd's Fictional Metabiography Chattertonin Peter Ackroyd's Fictional Metabiography Chattert - Ansgar NuenningDangerous Enthusiasm: The Appropriation of William Blake in Adrian Mitchell's Tyger - Bernhard ReitzAuld Acquaintance: New Lives of Scott and Hogg - Jill RubensteinAnn Jellicoe's and Howard Brenton's Shelley - Uwe BoekerThe Dramatist as Reader: Liz Lochhead's Play Blood and Ice - Silvia MergenthalThe Truth of Fiction -- The Fiction of Truth: Judith Chernaik's Mab's Daughters - Beate Neumeier"The Life We Imagine": Byron's and Polidori's Memoirs as Character Construction - Annegret MaackIn Arcadia Nemo: The Pastoral of Romanticism - Peter Paul Schnierer"A Playful Desire of Imitation": The Ghost Stories at Diodati and A Single Summer With L.B. - Frances WilsonPoetry and Cyberpunk: Science Fiction and Romantic Biography - Christine Kenyon JonesElemental, My Dear Clare: The Case of the Missing Poet - Christopher Innes(Co-author: Sid Sondergard) Biodepictions of Mary Shelley: The Romantic Woman Artist as Mother of Monsters - Ramona Ralston