Lord Byron and the History of Desire

Lord Byron and the History of Desire

by Ian Dennis


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Ian Dennis received his PhD from the University of Toronto, and is now an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of Nationalism and Desire in Early Historical Fiction (1997) and of articles on Sir Walter Scott, James Fenimore Cooper, Lord Byron, René Girard, and Eric Gans. He is also a novelist with four titles to his credit, his most recent book of fiction being The Emperor's Assassin (2003), a historical murder mystery co-authored under the pseudonym "T. F. Banks." He lives in Ottawa with his wife Marie-José Tienhooven and son Theodore Frederick Dennis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611491234
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ian Dennis is associate professor at the University of Ottawa.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

1 Introduction 13

2 A New Strategy: Childe Harold's Pilgrimage 31

3 Victory and Defeat in the Eastern Tales 64

4 Heroic Victimhood: "Prometheus" and "The Prisoner ofChillon" 95

5 "I Shall Not Choose a Mortal for My Mediator": Manfred 109

6 Cain: Lord Byron's Sincerity, with an Addendum on Heaven and Earth 131

7 The Market in Don Juan, with a Digression on Joking and Sex 153

8 Don Juan: Modeling Irony, Offering Alliance 205

9 Conclusion: Lord Byron and the History of Desire 230

Notes 239

Works Cited 257

Index 263

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