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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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The Bride of Abydos: The Regime of Visibility and the Possibility of Resistance

The Bride of Abydos: The Regime of Visibility and the Possibility of Resistance

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(p.20) The Bride of Abydos: The Regime of Visibility and the Possibility of Resistance
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Tom Mole

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235897.003.0003

The Bride of Abydos has been marginal to the modern revaluation of Byron's tales. Recent criticism, moving away from the tendency to read these poems as camouflaged autobiography or psychoanalytic evidence, has viewed them in the context of British imperialism, or as allegories of domestic politics. This chapter brings insights from these new approaches to bear on The Bride of Abydos, alongside theories of gender and the gaze. But rather than linking the tale too forcefully to a single issue or event, it addresses Byron's abstract political thought, analysing the relation between a macro-politics of social control and a micro-politics of resistance or disruption.

Keywords:   Byron, gender, gaze, political thought, social control, resistance, disruption

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