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Liberty and Poetic LicenceNew Essays on Byron$
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Bernard Beatty, Tony Howe, and Charles Robinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235897

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315428

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Slaves of Passion: Byron and Staël on Liberty

Slaves of Passion: Byron and Staël on Liberty

(p.193) Slaves of Passion: Byron and Staël on Liberty
Liberty and Poetic Licence
Jonathan Gross
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between sexual passion and political liberty. It suggests that Arendt's affair with Martin Heidegger; Byron's homoerotic friendships with young boys; and Mme de Staël's flirtation with Napoleon cannot be separated from the tone and tenor of their attacks on Eichmann, Castlereagh and Napoleon.

Keywords:   Byron, Mme de Staël, sexual passion, political liberty

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