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Childe Harold’s Cultural Ecosystem



In Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage III & IV, Byron examines different theories of creativity, toying first with the idea of autopoetic genius and then with the idea of epigenetic reciprocity. In the epigenetic notion of co-creativity, which he traces to the way nature and culture interact, Byron finds new purpose and a sense of belonging. He takes the ocean for his model of the way free, open, dynamic systems create the conditions for individual self-realization, which is always a reciprocal, synergistic exchange of energies. Positing that freedom is a natural state in resilient, transformative systems, Byron advocates an anti-imperialist politics and a dynamic, non-teleological poetics that welcomes the ecotonal values of agonistic dialogism.


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  1. 1.Susquehanna UniversitySelinsgroveUSA

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