The Dangerous Lover

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-08-31
  • Publisher: Ohio State Univ Pr

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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.

Author Biography

Deborah Lutz is an adjunct associate professor of English at Hunter College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
1. The Erotics of Ontology: The Mass-Market Erotic Historical Romance and Heideggerian Failed Presence (1921-2003) 1(28)
2. The Spectral Other and Erotic Melancholy: The Gothic Demon Lover and the Early Seduction Narrative Rake (1532-1822) 29(19)
3. Love as Homesickness: Longing for a Transcendental Home in Byron and the Brontes (1811-1847) 48(20)
4. The Absurdity of the Sublime: The Regency Dandy and the Malevolent Seducer (1825-1897) 68(19)
Conclusion 87(4)
Appendix: Narrative Timeline 91(4)
Notes 95(10)
Works Cited 105(6)
Index 111

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