The Notion of a Nation and Byrons' Life and Don Juan

Yao GU


Byron as a global cultural phenomenon is a radical example of fluid nationality; yet not much research has been conducted to examine the relation between Byron’s magnetic life and the notion of a nation. This article, drawing on the theories of nationalism, intends to put Byron’s life path and his specific work Don Juan into the romantic background of English nationalism in order to prove that Byronic phenomenon embodies the ambiguities of British nationalism.
Key words: Nationalism; Byron; <i>Don Juan</i>; Cosmopolitan identity


Nationalism; Byron; <i>Don Juan</i>; Cosmopolitan identity


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