Unleashed academics, tutors, and ornamental hermits Alice and Rowan do a deep dive into dark hero archetypes on a semi-weekly basis.
On this episode they begin their discussion of Gothic villains by examining Byron’s 1817 closet drama Manfred and its debt to the Gothic tradition. The pair discuss Byron’s life, work, and experimentation with dark hero archetypes, and whether there is actually such as thing as a Byronic Hero. They consider the way Byron experiments with Dark Heroism by combining existing heroic archetypes and traditions such as The Wandering Jew, the Child of Nature, The Hero of Sensibility, Prometheus, Satan, the Gothic Villain and Faustus.
Next time, they examine Lord Byron’s Cain (1821)
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