The Romantic Paradox

Love, Violence and the Uses of Romance, 1760–1830

  • Jacqueline M. Labbe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jacqueline M. Labbe
    Pages 1-10
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 175-211

About this book


Why are there so few 'happily ever afters' in the Romantic-period verse romance? Why do so many poets utilise the romance and its parts to such devastating effect? Why is gender so often the first victim? The Romantic Paradox investigates the prevalence of death in the poetic romances of the Della Cruscans, Coleridge, Keats, Mary Robinson, Felicia Hemans, Letitia Landon, and Byron, and posits that understanding the romance and its violent tendencies is vital to understanding Romanticism itself.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Jacqueline M. Labbe
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WarwickUK

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