Byrons Don Juan and the Don Juan Legend

Hardcover | September 1, 1997

byMoyra Haslett

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This 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 wereprecluded 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 inherentlypolitical. 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 Juanlegend---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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This 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 wereprecluded by the figure's notoriety. It demonstrat...

Moyra Haslett is at University of Luton.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198184328

ISBN - 13:9780198184324

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. The Legend of Don Juan2. Byron's Don Juan3. The Political Implications of a Don Juan4. Don Juan and the Female Reader5. The Seduction of Don Juan6. Epilogue: Contemporary SeductionsBibliography

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