The Byronic Hero in Film, Fiction, and Television

The Byronic Hero in Film, Fiction, and Television

By: Atara Stein (author)Paperback

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This title tracks the champion of action films, sci-fi TV, vampire novels, and neo-Gothic comics. ""The Byronic Hero in Film, Fiction, and Television"" bridges nineteenth- and twentieth-century studies in pursuit of an ambitious, antisocial, arrogant, and aggressively individualistic mode of hero from his inception in Byron's ""Manfred"", ""Childe Harold"", and ""Cain"", through his incarnations as the protagonists of Westerns, action films, space odysseys, vampire novels, neo-Gothic comics, and sci-fi television. Such a hero exhibits supernatural abilities, adherence to a personal moral code, ineptitude at human interaction (muddled even further by self-absorbed egotism), and an ingrained defiance of oppressive authority. He is typically an outlaw, most certainly an outcast or outsider, and more often than not, he is a he. Given his superhuman status, this hero offers no potential for sympathetic identification from his audience. At best, he provides an outlet for vicarious expressions of power and independence. Tracing the influence of Lord Byron's ""Manfred"" as outcast hero on a pantheon of his contemporary progenies - including characters from ""Pale Rider"", ""Unforgiven"", ""The Terminator"", ""Alien"", ""The Crow"", ""Sandman"", ""Star Trek: The Next Generation"", and ""Angel"" - Atara Stein tempers her academic acumen with the insights of a devoted aficionado in this first comprehensive study of the Romantic hero type and his modern kindred.

About Author

The late Atara Stein was a professor of English at California State University, Fullerton. Her articles on the development of the Byronic hero have appeared in Popular Culture Review, Romantic Circles Praxis Series, Genders, and Philological Quarterly.

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  • ISBN13: 9780809329380
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780809329380
  • ISBN10: 0809329387

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