Byron: Defender of the Abused Child

Gardner, John (2018) Byron: Defender of the Abused Child. In: Essays on Byron in Honour of Dr Peter Cochran: Breaking the Mould. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 134-148. ISBN 978-1-5275-0607-7

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This Chapter examines the effects of parental rejection in Byron's 'The Deformed Transformed' and James Hogg's 'Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Like Mary Shelley, Byron and Hogg show in their character portraits that ill-treatment of children can cause self-destructive behaviour throughout their lives. In this they display Promethean anticipation of the same conclusions as recent scientific research on the possible outcomes of childhood maltreatment. Rejection and abuse, whether psychological or physical, can cause life-long damage to a person resulting in mental illness, self-hatred and suicide. Once again, as Wilde wrote, “Poets, you know, are always ahead of science; all of the great discoveries of science have been stated before in poetry.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Byron, James Hogg, Mary Shelley, The Deformed Transformed, Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Professor John Gardner
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2018 15:31
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:10

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