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  • Page extent: 270 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.57 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 821/.7
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: PR4392.H5 S73 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Byron, George Gordon Byron,--Baron,--1788-1824--Knowledge--History
    • Literature and history--Great Britain--History--19th century
    • Byron, George Gordon Byron,--Baron,--1788-1824.--Don Juan
    • Historical poetry, English--History and criticism
    • Don Juan (Legendary character) in literature

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521812412 | ISBN-10: 0521812410)

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Jane Stabler presents this examination of Byron's poetic form in relationship to historical debates of his time. Responding to recent studies in the Romantic period, Stabler asserts that Byron's poetics developed in response to contemporary cultural history and his reception by the English reading public. Drawing on new research, she traces the complexity of the intertextual dialogues that run through his work.


Acknowledgments; Note on texts used; List of abbreviations; Introduction: Byron and the poetics of digression; 1. 'Scorching and drenching': discourses of digression among Byron's readers; 2. 'Breaches in transition': eighteenth-century digressions and Byron's early verse; 3. Erring with Pope: Hints from Horace and the trouble with decency; 4. Uncertain blisses: Don Juan, digressive intertextuality and the risks of reception; 5. 'The worst of sinning': Don Juan, moral England and feminine caprice; 6. 'Between carelessness and trouble': Byron's last digressions; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Prize Winner

Rose Mary Crawshay Prize, Co-Winner


"The book is illuminating about and alert to the current state of Byronic and Romantic criticism, yet it sustains a bracing, graceful independence. It reveals a high degree of aethetic sensitivity, even as it deploys original historical and contextual knowledge." Wordsworth Circle

"Detailed.... [S]hould prove interesting to Byronists. Recommended." Choice

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