Romantic Genius: The Prehistory of a Homosexual Role

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Columbia University Press, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 262 pages

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.

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Charles Gore is an artist and lecturer in the History of African Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

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