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Trans-figuring Byronic Identity

Watson, Nicola (1994). Trans-figuring Byronic Identity. In: Favret, Mary A and Watson, Nicola eds. At the Limits of Romanticism: Essays in Cultural, Feminist, and Materialist Criticism. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, pp. 185–206.

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Abstract

This essay retails the literary transactions between Caroline Lamb, Byron, and Harriette Wilson to show how Don Juan is constituted in part through challenging the political implications of the sentimental and gothic genres deployed by the women. It considers whether the women's games of literary impersonation suggest that it was and is impossible for women critics and writers to do more than shadow the dominant poetics, or whether such masquerades usefully destabilize myths of authentic, inner, masculine, romantic poetic identity.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 1994 Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0-253-20853-X, 978-0-253-20853-8
Keywords: George Gordon Lord Byron; Caroline Lamb; Harriette Wilson
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Art History, Classical Studies, English and Creative Writing, Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 18707
Depositing User: Nicola Watson
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2009 09:27
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:29
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/18707
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