'"People's ancestors are history's game" Byron's Don Juan and Russian history'

Walker, David (2003) '"People's ancestors are history's game" Byron's Don Juan and Russian history'. Studies in the Literary Imagination, 36 (2). pp. 149-164. ISSN 0039-3819

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Abstract

This article analyses selected cantos of Don Juan in relation to Russian politics and history. Russia’s ‘strangeness’ was a topic of fascination and revulsion for many writers and intellectuals in eighteenth-century Britain. Byron’s masterpiece with its picaresque hero is a key participant in this tradition. The article maps British preoccupations with Russia from Defoe to Byron before considering Byron’s poem in a dialogic engagement with Russian politics in the Romantic period. The critical apparatus is Bakhtinian and historicist and engages critically with recent work on the poem.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Romanticism, politics, history, Russia
Subjects: R900 Others in European Languages, Literature and related subjects
V300 History by topic
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 29 May 2008 14:42
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:17
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1885

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