Don Juan: Celebrity and the Subject of Modernity

  • Tom Mole
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print book series (PERCP)


Don Juan presents subjectivity in stubbornly un-modern ways during the historical period when the emergent celebrity culture was helping to normalise modern ideas about subjectivity. In this final chapter, I will suggest that celebrity culture relied on elements of a distinctively modern understanding of subjectivity and therefore sponsored its normalisation, shutting down a variety of earlier possibilities in the process. The new understanding of subjectivity that emerged was linked to a new moral culture, elements of which Don Juan set out to resist. My reading of its moments of dissent reveals Don Juan’s attempt to think outside the moral prescriptions of modern subjectivity at the last historical moments before their universality became unquestionable.


Moral Judgement Romantic Period Moral Culture Modern Understanding Modern Subject 
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