Byron

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Lord Byron (1788-1824) was as famous in his time for his love affairs and revolutionary politics as he was for his trail-blazing Romantic and satiric poetry, which sold countless copies across Europe. Looking beyond the scandal, Byron leaves us a body of work that proved crucial to the development of English poetry and provides a fascinating counterpoint to other writings of the Romantic period.

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Overview

Lord Byron (1788-1824) was as famous in his time for his love affairs and revolutionary politics as he was for his trail-blazing Romantic and satiric poetry, which sold countless copies across Europe. Looking beyond the scandal, Byron leaves us a body of work that proved crucial to the development of English poetry and provides a fascinating counterpoint to other writings of the Romantic period.

This guide to Byron's sometimes daunting, always extraordinary work offers: an accessible introduction to the many interpretations of Byron's texts, from publication to the present, an introduction to key critical texts and perspectives on Byron's life and work, situated in a broader critical history, cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism, suggestions for further reading.

About the Author:
Caroline Franklin is a Professor of English at the University of Wales, Swansea

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     xii
Abbreviations and referencing     xiii
Introduction     xiv
Life and contexts     1
Introduction     1
Childhood and family background, 1788-1805     1
Religious heritage     2
Education and reading, 1794-1807     3
Early writing     4
The Grand Tour and the poetry of place     5
Politics     9
The Murray coterie and the marketing of Byron     10
Amours     11
Marriage, separation and exile     12
Writing poetry in Europe after the defeat of Napoleon     13
Dialogues with Shelley     15
Italy, its culture and politics     16
The Pisan circle, The Liberal and the break with Murray     23
The Greek War of Independence     27
Byronism     28
Was Byron a Romantic?     29
Further reading     30
Works     31
Introduction     31
Hours of Idleness     31
Further reading     32
English Bards and Scotch Reviewers     33
Further reading     33
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, a Romaunt     34
Cantos I-II
Further reading     37
Canto III     37
Further reading     43
Canto IV     43
Further reading     51
The Oriental tales     51
The Giaour     51
The Bride of Abydos     55
The Corsair     56
Other verse tales     58
Further reading     58
Manfred     59
Further reading     62
Don Juan     62
Dedication     64
Cantos I-IV     65
The Turkish and Russian cantos     70
Preface to Cantos VI, VII and VIII     71
Canto VII     72
The English cantos     73
Style     75
Further reading     77
Dramas     78
Cain     79
Further reading     83
Criticism     84
Byron's contemporaries     84
The Victorians     91
Further reading     96
The twentieth century     96
Modernism and the 'New Criticism'     96
From the 1950s to 2000     100
Further reading     104
Contemporary criticism     104
Post-structuralism     104
Psychoanalytical approaches     106
New Historicism     107
Post-colonialism     111
Gender     115
Genre and literary form     117
Further reading     121
Chronology     123
Bibliography     131
Index     139
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