Jack and Gill

Richard Cronin

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Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582532
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722929 | DOI:
Jack and Gill

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The chapter describes the determined and flamboyant campaign in the decade after Waterloo to reassert the masculine character of the republic of letters which, many male writers seemed to believe, had been compromised by the dominant role of women as consumers of literature and their increasingly important role as producers. Walter Scott and his followers masculinized the novel. Byron produced in Don Juan a poem that respectable women felt that they could not admit to reading, and even Keats declared that he wished to write only for men.

Keywords: Walter Scott; Don Juan; Hazlitt; the fight; gender; masculinity; Pierce Egan; James Hogg; Blackwood's; new monthly; pugilism

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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