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Byron's Temperament Awarded Elma Dangerfield Book Prize - Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to announce that Byron's Temperament: Essays in Body and Mind, edited by Bernard Beatty and Jonathon Shears, has been awarded the prestigious Elma Dangerfield Book Prize by the International Association of Byron Societies (IABS).

The Elma Dangerfield Book Prize identifies and rewards new and original work related to the life and works of the poet Lord Byron, and is awarded to the best book on Byron or a Byron-related topic published in any given year. The prize was awarded by Naji Oueijan, the residing Joint President of the IABS.

The book prize’s Evaluation Committee said of Byron’s Temperament:

“This volume of essays is both original and significant in its search for new ways of engaging with central questions interlinking Byron’s psychology, body, writing and contextual cultural and historical environments. It acknowledges the historicity of the scientific modes of thought being applied and its interdisciplinary nature may be seen as a timely pushback against the many recent approaches to literature and neuroscience. The different styles of the essays, their diverse theoretical approaches and objects of examination make them all stimulating and rewarding to read. The volume is carefully edited and the best essays range from the nimbly quick-witted (Bernard Beatty), theoretically savvy (Gavin Hopps), engagingly well-researched (Christine Kenyon Jones and Jonathon Shears), to careful textual analyses based on reliable knowledge of the period’s understanding of mental problems (Shona M. Allan) and valuable attempts to read Byron’s late works in the light of his knowledge of the pre-Darwinian scientific approaches to evolution (Hermione de Almeida). The last mentioned essay is a most fitting conclusion to this remarkable anthology tracing important links between biography, history of science, text analysis and changing views of historicism.”

Byron’s Temperament is the first book to be published within the Psycho-Literary Perspectives in Multimodal Contexts series, and series co-editor Maryam Farahani commented:

“I am thrilled that Byron's Temperament, the first edited volume in our book series, has been the recipient of the 2017 Elma Dangerfield Prize. Taken by art critics, this book may come across as a scholarly biographical abstraction, but for adventurous readers of philosophy of mind and poetic manner, it addresses medico-historical areas, bringing together distance from versified emotion and behavioural expression. This is a fine collection on Byron; practically cross-disciplinary and artistically engaging to make you keen not just to read more of Byron’s, but to explore the whole delicate theme of Romantic manners again and again...”


To celebrate this award, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Byron's Temperament: Essays in Body and Mind. To redeem your discount, simply enter the promotional code AWARD17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2017.

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