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Enlightenment criticism of romantic tendencies in Byron's work in “The Edinburgh Review”

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For citation: Kornilova E. Bul’chuk M. Enlightenment criticism of romantic tendencies in Byron’s work in ‘The Edinburgh Review’ // Mediascope. 2022. 3-4. Available at:


© Elena N. Kornilova

Doctor of Philology, Professor at the Chair of Foreign Journalism and Literature, Faculty od Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia),

© Maria N. Bul’chuk

PhD student at the Chair of Foreign Journalism and Literature, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia),



The article shows the evolution of the aesthetic and ethical positions of the employees of the literary-critical department of the extremely authoritative at the beginning of the 19th century socio-political Scottish magazine The Edinburgh Review, which manifested itself in the articles devoted to the work of Lord Byron. As a demonstration of the magazine's position in relation to the work of this major poet of the era of English romanticism, a number of articles are used in chronological order, which contain characteristic critical statements about his writings. Based on these materials, one can judge how the work of the poet, and the views of critics of the Edinburgh Review, on the peer-reviewed works were changing. The mutual influence of the writings of Lord Byron and the essays of Scottish observers contribute to the gradual disappearance of the aesthetic value of laws, as well as the poetics of enlightenment classicism, and the establishment in English, and more broadly, in European poetry of a new artistic method - romanticism, which largely determined the movement of literature of the 19th century.


Key words: English Romanticism, Enlightenment, journalism, literature, literary criticism



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