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Byron : Longman Critical Readers - Jane Stabler


Longman Critical Readers

Paperback Published: 30th September 1998
ISBN: 9780582303935
Number Of Pages: 248

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Often seen as the exception to generalisations about Romanticism, Byron's poetry - and its intricate relationship with a brilliant, scandalous life - has remained a source of controversy throughout the twentieth century. This book brings together recent work on Byron by leading British and American scholars and critics, guiding undergraduate students and sixth-form pupils through the different ways in which new literary theory has enriched readings of Byron's work, and showing how his poetry offers a rewarding focus for questions about the relationship between historical contexts and literary form in the Romantic period.

Diverse and fresh perspectives on canonical texts such as Don Juan, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Manfred are included together with stimulating analyses of less well-known narrative poems, lyrics and dramas. A clearly structured introduction traces key developments in Byron criticism and locates the essays within wider debates in Romantic studies. Detailed headnotes to each essay and a guide to further reading help to orientate the reader and offer pointers for further discussion.

The collection will enable students of English literature, Romantic studies and nineteenth-century cultural studies to assess the contribution that different critical methodologies have made to our understanding of individual poems by Byron, as well as concepts like the Byronic hero and evolving definitions of Romanticism.

General Editors
1920s-1930s: humanism, formalism and literary history
1930s-1940s: formalist, moralist, and New Critical approaches
1950s-1960s: genre criticism, romantic mythologies, modernist readings
1960s-1970s: humanism, structuralism, Marxism
1970s-1980s: deconstruction and psychoanalytic approaches
1980s-1990s: new historicism, feminisms, queer theory, new formalisms Organisation of critical readings
Lord Byron's Twin Opposites of Truth [Don Juan]
The Dramas of Lord Byron: Manfred and Marino Faliero
Resolving "The Corsair": "Lara" and "The Island"
'Byron's Don Juan and the Woman Question'
Cross-dressing and the Politics of Gender in
Bulwer Lytton, Disraeli and Byron's Homosexuality
Ending (in) Childe Harold's Pilgrimage 1 and 2
The Postmodernism of Childe Harold
Authoring the Self: Childe Harold III
Marino Faliero and the Fault of Byron's Satire
Byron's Imperceptiveness to the Spoken English Word
Don Juan Reconsidered: The Haidée Episode
The Art of Don Juan: Byron's Metrics
Notes on Authors
Further Reading
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ISBN: 9780582303935
ISBN-10: 0582303931
Series: Longman Critical Readers
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 30th September 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.87  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1