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Byron's Don Juan and the Don Juan Legend

Moyra Haslett


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 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 also makes that reading inherently politi ... More

Keywords: Byron, Don Juan, Don Juan legend, poem, readership, reading, myth, postmodernist theory, feminist theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184324
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184324.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Moyra Haslett, author
University of Luton