Byron: The Erotic Liberal

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - 231 pages
Byron: The Erotic Liberal is the first book to focus on the erotic dimension of Byron's political career, as expressed in both Byron's poetry and his prose. Jonathan David Gross draws on extensive archival research into the life and letters of Lady Melbourne, whose correspondence with Byron shaped his erotic imagination and influenced his engagement with the biblical story of Joseph. Gross places Byron's politics in the context of the writings of other European aristocratic liberals, such as Madame de Sta`l, to consider anew Byron's relationship to women and his political peers. Yet Gross successfully brings Byron into our modern age, making use of recent work in women's studies and gay studies to explain how Byron's sexuality shaped his political beliefs.
 

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Contents

Byrons Politics of Feeling
15
Byrons Politics of Sentimentalism
31
Byron and the Story of Joseph The Bride of Abydos Hebrew Melodies and Don Juan
55
Cosmopolitan Liberalism Childe Harolds Pilgrimage III and De IAllemangne
79
Getting into Lords Ground Byrons Aristocratic Liberalism in the PopeBowles Controversy and Marino Faliero
101
One Half What I Should Say Byrons Gay Narrator in Don Juan
129
Byron and The Liberal Periodical and Political Posture
153
Still let me love Byron in Greece
171
Byron and the Liberal Imagination in America
189
Bibliography
201
Index
221
About the Author
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About the author (2001)

Jonathan David Gross is associate professor of English at DePaul University. He is the editor of Byron's 'Corbeau Blanc': The Life and Letters of Elizabeth Milbanke, Lady Melbourne (1997).

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