The Dangerous Lover: Gothic Villains, Byronism, and the Nineteenth-century Seduction Narrative

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Ohio State University Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 117 pages
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"The Dangerous Lover takes seriously the ubiquity of the brooding romantic hero - his dark past, his remorseful and rebellious exile from comfortable everyday living. Deborah Lutz traces the recent history of this figure, through the melancholy iconoclasm of the Romantics, the lost soul redeemed by love of the Brontes, and the tormented individualism of twentieth-century love narratives. The Dangerous Lover is the first book-length study of this pervasive literary hero; it also challenges the tendency of sophisticated philosophical readings of popular narratives and culture to focus on male-coded genres. In its conjunction of high and low literary forms, this volume explores new historical and cultural framings for female-coded popular narratives."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Contents

The Erotics of Ontology The MassMarket Erotic Historical Romance and Heideggerian Failed Presence 19212003
1
The Spectral Other and Erotic Melancholy The Gothic Demon Lover and the Early Seduction Narrative Rake 15321822
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Love as Homesickness Longing for a Transcendental Home in Byron and the Brontės 18111847
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The Absurdity of the Sublime The Regency Dandy and the Malevolent Seducer 18251897
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Conclusion
87
Narrative Timeline
91
Notes
95
Works Cited
105
Index
111
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Deborah Lutz is an adjunct associate professor of English at Hunter College.

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