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Byron and Marginality$
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Norbert Lennartz

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474439411

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439411.001.0001

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At the Margins of Romanticism: The Women of Don Juan’s English Cantos

At the Margins of Romanticism: The Women of Don Juan’s English Cantos

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(p.254) Chapter 13 At the Margins of Romanticism: The Women of Don Juan’s English Cantos
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Byron and Marginality
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Drummond Bone

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439411.003.0013

The essay uses the women of the English Cantos of Don Juan to tease out the debate on Byron’s position on the margins of Romanticism relative to Neo-Classical or Romantic expectations. The essay also raises the question whether Byron’s Romanticism is ironised out of existence and whether his Neo-Classicism is as straightforward a return to Popean satire as it might on occasion seem. The three main female characters, Adeline, Aurora and Fitz-Fulke help the reader to focus on these questions, since the whole tissue of the English Cantos returns to them time and again and underlines the fact that the experience of reading Don Juan is often paradoxically elegiac, for all its humour and sense of the energy of life.

Keywords:   Women, Don Juan, Neo-Classicism, Bowles controversy, Satire, Irony

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