This significant collection of essays examines the cultural, literary, philosophical and historical representation of beauty in British, Irish and American literature. Contributors use the works of Charles Dickens, T S Eliot, W H Auden and Stephen Spender among others to explore the role of beauty and its wider implications in art and society.
Michael O’Neill is Professor of English at Durham University, UK. His books include The Human Mind’s Imaginings: Conflict and Achievement in Shelley’s Poetry (1989) and, as co-editor, The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley (2013), as well as three volumes of poetry, the last of which was Gangs of Shadow (2014).
Mark Sandy is Reader in English Studies at Durham University, UK. He is author of Romanticism, Memory, and Mourning (2013) and Poetics of Self and Form in Keats and Shelley: Nietzschean Subjectivity and Genre (2005).
Sarah Wootton is Senior Lecturer in English Studies at Durham University, UK. She has published widely on nineteenth-century literature and the visual arts, and is the author of Consuming Keats: Nineteenth-Century Representations in Art and Literature (2006) and Byronic Heroes in Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing and Screen Adaptation (2016).