Byron's Othered Self and Voice: Contextualizing the Homographic Signature

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By analyzing the English Romantic Era's masculine gender norms as a set of contrasts between a heterosexual -norm- and a sodomitic -other-, this book isolates four tropes that distinguish the sodomite: criminality, silence, effeminacy, and foreignness. These tropes are then traced through Byron's early poetry, the first two cantos of "Childe Harold" and the popular Oriental tales, demonstrating the ways the Byronic persona and the Byronic hero are deeply indebted to the conflicted sites of homosexual meaning in the Romantic ...