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Byron's Heroines

Caroline Franklin

Abstract

Traditionally seen as an archetypal masculine poet, better known for his relationships with women than for the sympathetic study of them, Lord Byron has not lent himself easily to a feminist critique hitherto. This book examines Byron within the setting of the contemporary debate on the nature, role, and rights of women in society. The heroines of Byron's narrative and dramatic verse are considered, not from a biographical perspective, but by relating these representations to the ideologies of sexual difference of the poet's day. Viewed in their literary-historical context, these Byronic heroi ... More

Keywords: Lord Byron, feminist critique, women's role, women's rights, sexual difference, Byronic heroines, female sexuality, 19th-century women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112303
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112303.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caroline Franklin, author
Trinity College, Carmarthen