Romantic Genius: The Prehistory of a Homosexual Role (Between Men-Between Women: Lesbian and Gay Studies)

Romantic Genius: The Prehistory of a Homosexual Role (Between Men-Between Women: Lesbian and Gay Studies)

By: Andrew Elfenbein (author)Paperback

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Surprisingly little has been written about homosexuality in British Romantic writing, and, similarly, little discussion has emerged about homosexual themes in the lives and poetic careers of the major Romantics. In Romantic Genius, Andrew Elfenbein explores the correspondence between the stereotypes applied to the "genius" and those applied to the homosexual, showing the centrality of disreputable desires to the works of Romantic male authors-from William Beckford to Samuel Taylor Coleridge to William Blake-as well as to the writings of lesser-known but equally significant female authors of the period.

About Author

Andrew Elfenbein is associate professor of English at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Contents

1. The Danger Zone: Effeminates, Geniuses, and Homosexuals 2. William Beckford and the Genius of Consumption 3. The Domestication of Genius: Cowper and the Rise of the Suburban Man 4. Anne Damers Sapphic Potential 5. Lesbianism and Romantic Genius: The Poetry of Anne Bannerman 6. Genius and the Blakean Ridiculous 7. A Sight to Dream of, Not to Tell: Christabel, Pornography, and Genius

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780231107532
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780231107532
  • ISBN10: 0231107536

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