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Writing for Fame: Nineteenth-Century Literature and the Culture of Celebrity, 2021/22, Semester 2
Professor Richard Salmon
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Writing for Fame: Nineteenth-Century Literature and the Culture of Celebrity 

Primary Texts:

Lord Byron, Don Juan, Cantos 1 and 4(1819-21). [You are only required to read the two specified Cantos, but are encouraged to read more widely in the poem. Any online or print edition is fine.] 

William Hazlitt, 'On Different Sorts of Fame', The Round Table XXV (1816) [Open Access

John Keats, two sonnets 'On Fame' (1819) [can be found in most print and online collected editions of Keats' poetry, e.g. through Internet Archive

Percy Shelley, Adonais: an Elegy on the Death of John Keats (1821) [Can be read online through Project Gutenberg or in collected print editions of Shelley's poetry] 

Felicia Hemans, ‘Woman and Fame' [Can be found in most print and online collected editions of Hemans' poetry, e.g. through Internet Archive]

Laetitia Elizabeth Landon, 'A History of the Lyre' (1829) [Gale Nineteenth Century Collections Online

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1849-50) [Penguin edition recommended, but any edition will be fine]  

Elizabeth Gaskell, The Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857) [Penguin edition recommended, but any edition will be fine]  

Edmund Yates, Celebrities At Home (1877-9) [selected extracts from this collection of journalistic interviews can be read online through Internet Archive

Henry James, 'The Death of the Lion' (first published in The Yellow Book, Vol. 1, April 1894) [access online through British Periodicals Collection II or can be purchased in The Aspern Papers and Other Stories, ed. Adrian Poole (Oxford World’s Classics)] 

Thomas Hardy, 'An Imaginative Woman' (first published in Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 2, April 1894) [access online through British Periodicals Collection I or in print/online editions of Wessex Tales

Marie Corelli, The Sorrows of Satan (1895) [online edition in Project Gutenberg or any print edition] 

Oscar Wilde, De Profundis (1897) [Penguin edition of De Profundis and Other Prison Writings (ed. Colm Toibin) is recommended but can be read online]  

Secondary Reading: 

General studies (mostly on the history and theory of celebrity culture):

Andrew Bennett, Romantic Poets and the Culture of Posterity (1999) 

Leo Braudy, The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History  (1986) 

Claire Brock, The Feminization of Fame, 1750-1830 (2006) 

Alexis Easley, Literary Celebrity, Gender, and Victorian Authorship, 1850-1914 (2013)

Eric Eisner, Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Literary Celebrity (2009) 

Paraic Finnerty, Anne-Marie Millim, and Charlotte Boyce, Victorian Celebrity Culture and Tennyson's Circle (2013) 

Ann R. Hawkins and Maura C. Ives, eds., Women Writers and the Artefacts of Celebrity in the Long Nineteenth Century (2016) 

David Higgins, Romantic Genius and the Literary Magazine: Biography, Celebrity, and Politics (2005) 

Su Holmes and Sean Redmond, eds., Framing Celebrity: New Directions in Celebrity Culture (2006) 

Aaron Jaffe, Modernism and the Culture of Celebrity (2005) 

Deborah Lutz, Relics of Death in Victorian Literature and Culture (2015) 

P. David Marshall, Celebrity and Power: Fame in Contemporary Culture (1997) 

Tom Mole, ed. Romanticism and Celebrity Culture, 1750-1850 (2009) 

Julian North, The Domestication of Genius: Biography and the Romantic Poet (2009) 

Rebecca Roach, Literature and the Rise of the Interview (2018)

Chris Rojek, Celebrity (2001) 

Richard Salmon, The Formation of the Victorian Literary Profession (2013) 

Mark Sandy, Romanticism, Memory, and Mourning (2013)


Andrew Bennett, Romantic Poets and the Culture of Posterity (1999) 

Moyra Haslett, Byron's Don Juan and the Don Juan Legend (1997) 

Tom Mole, Byron's Romantic Celebrity: Industrial Culture and the Hermenutic of Intimacy (2007) 

Hadley Mozer, '"I Want a Hero": Advertising for an Epic Hero in Don Juan', Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 44 (2), 2005, pp. 239-60. 

Clara Tuite, 'Tainted Love and Romantic Literary Celebrity', ELH, 74 (1), 2007, pp. 59-88. 

Clara Tuite, Lord Byron and Scandalous Celebrity (2015) 

Keats and Shelley:

Andrew Bennett, Keats, Narrative, and Audience: The Posthumous Life of Writing (1994) 

Madeleine Callaghan, ''"His Mute Voice": The Two Heroes of Adonais', Keats-Shelley Review, Vol. 24 (1), 2010, pp. 38-52

Kelvin Everest, 'Shelley's Adonais and John Keats', Essays in Criticism, Vol. 57 (3), 2007, pp. 237-264

James Heffernan, 'Adonais: Shelley's Consumption of Keats', Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 23 (3), 1984, pp. 295-315

Jessica Roberson, 'Shelley's Grave, Botanical Souvenirs, and Handling Literary Afterlives in the Nineteenth Century', Victoriographies, Vol. 6 (3). 2016, pp. 276-94

Michele Turner, 'Mirroring the Future: Adonais, Elegy, and the Life in Letters', Criticism, Vol. 42 (3), 2000, pp. 299-316


Aileen Ward, ‘”That Last Infirmity of Noble Mind”: Keats and the Idea of Fame’ in The Evidence of the Imagination: Studies of Interactions Between Life and Art in English Romantic Literature, ed. Donald Reiman, Michael C. Jaye, and Betty T. Bennett (1978) 

Susan Wolfson, ‘“The Mouth of Fame”: Gender, Transgression, and Romantic Celebrity’ in Essays on Transgressive Readings: Reading Over the Lines, ed. Georgia Johnson (1997)  

Hemans and Landon:

Alexander Grammatikos, '"The Nothingness of Fame, At Least to Woman": Felicia Hemans and the Price of Celebrity', Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, 10 (3), 2014, pp. 1-17. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (AJ 21/10/2021) 

Paraic Finnerty, 'The Poetics of Sisterly Celebrity: Sarah Hale, British Women Poets and the Gift of Transatlantic Fame', Comparative American Studies, Vol. 14 (1), 2016, pp. 21-33. 

Ann R. Hawkins and Maura C. Ives, eds., Women Writers and the Artefacts of Celebrity in the Long Nineteenth Century (2016) 

Jerome McGann, The Poetics of Sensibility: A Revolution in Literary Style (1996) 

Jerome McGann, ed.,:Laetitia Elizabeth Landon: Selected Writings (1997) 

Linda H. Peterson, 'Nineteenth-Century Women Poets and Periodical Spaces: Letitia Landon and Felicia Hemans, Victorian Periodicals Review, Vol. 49 (3), 2016, pp. 396-414. 

Daniel Riess, 'Laetitia Landon and the Dawn of English Post-Romanticism', Studies in English Literature, Vol. 36 (4), 1996, pp. 807-27. 

Susan J. Wolfson, ed., Felicia Hemans: Selected Poems, letters, Reception Materials (2001) 


John Forster, The Life of Charles Dickens (1872-4) 

Laura C. Berry, The child, the state, and the Victorian novel (1999)

Holly Furneux, Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities (2009) 

Beth Herst, The Dickens hero : selfhood and alienation in the Dickens world (1990)

Juliet John, Dickens and Mass Culture (2010)

Juliet John, Dickens and Modernity (2012) 

Robert L. Patten, ‘Autobiography Into Autobiography: The Evolution of David Copperfield' in Approaches to Victorian autobiography , ed. George P. Landow (1979) 

Anny Sadrin, Parentage and inheritance in the novels of Charles Dickens (1994)

Richard Salmon, The Formation of the Victorian Literary Profession (2013) 

Catherine Waters, Dickens and the politics of the family (1997)

Alexander Welsh , From copyright to Copperfield : the identity of Dickens (1987)

Gaskell and Brontë:

D. Albertis, '"Bookmaking out of the Remains of the Dead": Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Brontë', Victorian Studies, Vol. 39 (1), 1995, pp. 1-31. 

Heather Glen, Charlotte Brontë: The Imagination in History (2004) 

Meghan Hattaway, '"Such A Strong Wish For Wings": The Life of Charlotte Brontë and Elizabeth Gaskell's Fallen Angels', Victorian Literature and Culture, Vol. 42 (4), pp. 671-90

Lucasta Miller, The Brontë Myth (2000) 

Linda H. Peterson, 'Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Brontë' in The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Gaskell, ed..Jill Matus (2007), pp. 59-74

Amber Regis and Deborah Wynne, eds., Charlotte Brontë: Legacies and Afterlives (2017)

James and Hardy:

Sophie Gilmartin and Rod Mengham, Thomas Hardy's Shorter Fiction (2007) 

Jennifer Green-Lewis, Framing the Victorians: Photography and the Culture of Realism (1996) 

Henry James, The Aspern Papers and Other Stories, ed. Adrian Poole (2013)

Michele Mendelssohn, Henry James, Oscar Wilde and Aesthetic Culture (2007)

Michael Millgate, Testamentary Acts: Browning, Tennyson, James, Hardy (1995)

Nicholas Reeve, Henry James: The Shorter Fiction: Reassessments (1997) 

Richard Salmon, Henry James and the Culture of Publicity (1997)

Richard Salmon, 'Signs of Intimacy: The Literary Celebrity in the "Age of Interviewing"', Victorian Literature and Culture, Vol. 25 (1), 1997, pp. 159-77

Jane Thomas, Thomas Hardy and Desire: Conceptions of the Self (2013) 

Marie Corelli: 

Annette Federico, Idol of Suburbia: Marie Corelli and Late-Victorian Literary Culture (2000)

N.N. Feltes, Literary Capital and the Late Victorian Novel (1993) 

Christiane Gannon, 'Marie Corelli's The Sorrows of Satan: Literary Professionalism and the Female Author As Priest', English Literature in Transition, Vol. 56 (3), 2013, pp. 374-95.

Simon James, 'Marie Corelli and the Value of Literary Self-Consciousness: The Sorrows of Satan, Popular Fiction, and the Fin de Siècle Canon', Journal of Victorian Culture, Vol. 18 (1), 2013, pp. 134-51.

Andrew McCann, Popular Literature, Authorship, and the Occult in Late Victorian Britain (2014)

Richard Menke, Many Inventions: Literature, Print Culture, and Media Technologies,1880-1900 (2019) 

Teresa Ransom, The Mysterious Miss Marie Corelli: Queen of Victorian Best-Sellers (1999)  


Joseph Bristow, Wilde Discoveries: Traditions, Histories, Archives (2013) 

Lawrence Danson, Wilde's Intentions: The Artist in his Criticism (1998) 

Michael Doylen, 'Oscar Wilde's De Profundis: Homosexual Self-Fashioning on the Other Side of Scandal', Victorian Literature and Culture, Vol. 27 (2), 1999, pp. 547-66. 

Michael Foldy, The Trials of Oscar Wilde: Deviance, Morality, and Late-Victorian Society (1997) 

Regenia Gagnier, Idylls of the Marketplace: Oscar Wilde and the Victorian Public (1987)

Matthew Hofer and Gary Scharnhorst, eds., Oscar Wilde in America: the Interviews (2010) 

Alan Sinfield, The Wilde Century: Effeminacy, Oscar Wilde, and the Queer Moment (1994) 

Ian Small and Josephine Guy, Oscar Wilde's Profession: Writing and the Culture Industry in the Late Nineteenth Century (2000) 

John Stokes, Oscar Wilde: Myths, Miracles, and Imitations (1996)

This list was last updated on 05/07/2021