Byron's "Don Juan" and the Don Juan Legend
By (author) Moyra Haslett
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Byron's Don Juan and the Don Juan Legend by Moyra Haslett
Book DescriptionThis study is a contextual reading of Byron's epic poem Don Juan which argues that the importance of the Don Juan legend has been considerably underestimated. Contemporary histories-critical, political, theatrical, and personal-reveal that innocent or neutral readings of the poem were precluded by the figure's notoriety. It demonstrates the invitation which the poem was seen to offer to specific categories of readership-especially those of women and of the working classes-and how their reading not only contributes to the meaning of the text but makes that reading inherently political. The scope of the book includes other versions of the Don Juan legend. It also engages throughout with a critique of traditional myth-criticism, using instead Levi-Strauss's more inclusive definition of what constitutes a myth. It considers those discourses which have spoken of the Don Juan legend--philosophical, psychoanalytical, speech-act--and applies postmodernist and feminist theories to a consideration of both Byron's poem and the legend itself.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198184324
(224mm x 143mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jun-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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