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Byron : Routledge Guides to Literature - Caroline Franklin


Routledge Guides to Literature

Paperback Published: 25th October 2006
ISBN: 9780415268561
Number Of Pages: 160

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Lord Byron (1788-1824) was a poet and satirist, as famous in his time for his love affairs and questionable morals as he was for his poetry. 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, often extraordinary work offers:

  • an accessible introduction to the contexts and 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.

Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Byron and seeking not only a guide to his works but also a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds them.

Acknowledgementsp. xii
Abbreviations and referencingp. xiii
Introductionp. xiv
Life and contextsp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Childhood and family background, 1788-1805p. 1
Religious heritagep. 2
Education and reading, 1794-1807p. 3
Early writingp. 4
The Grand Tour and the poetry of placep. 5
Politicsp. 9
The Murray coterie and the marketing of Byronp. 10
Amoursp. 11
Marriage, separation and exilep. 12
Writing poetry in Europe after the defeat of Napoleonp. 13
Dialogues with Shelleyp. 15
Italy, its culture and politicsp. 16
The Pisan circle, The Liberal and the break with Murrayp. 23
The Greek War of Independencep. 27
Byronismp. 28
Was Byron a Romantic?p. 29
Further readingp. 30
Worksp. 31
Introductionp. 31
Hours of Idlenessp. 31
Further readingp. 32
English Bords and Scotch Reviewersp. 33
Further readingp. 33
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, a Romauntp. 34
Cantos 1-11
Further readingp. 37
Canto IIIp. 37
Further readingp. 43
Canto IVp. 43
Further readingp. 51
The Oriental talesp. 51
The Giaourp. 51
The Bride of Abydosp. 55
The Corsairp. 56
Other verse talesp. 58
Further readingp. 58
Manfredp. 59
Further readingp. 62
Don Juanp. 62
Dedicationp. 64
Cantos I-IVp. 65
The Turkish and Russian cantosp. 70
Preface to Cantos VI, VII and VIIIp. 71
Canto VIIp. 72
The English cantosp. 73
Stylep. 75
Further readingp. 77
Dramasp. 78
Cainp. 79
Further readingp. 83
Criticismp. 84
Byron's contemporariesp. 84
The Victoriansp. 91
Further readingp. 96
The twentieth centuryp. 96
Modernism and the 'New Criticism'p. 96
From the 1950s to 2000p. 100
Further readingp. 104
Contemporary criticismp. 104
Post-structuralismp. 104
Psychoanalytical approachesp. 106
New Historicismp. 107
Post-colonialismp. 111
Genderp. 115
Genre and literary formp. 117
Further readingp. 121
Chronologyp. 123
Bibliographyp. 131
Indexp. 139
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ISBN: 9780415268561
ISBN-10: 0415268567
Series: Routledge Guides to Literature
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 25th October 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 14.0 x 21.5  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1