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Byron and Orientalism

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Of all the English Romantic poets Byron is often thought of as the one who was most familiar with the East. His travels, it is claimed, give him a huge advantage with which contemporaries like Southey, Moore, Shelley, and Coleridge, who had comparable orientalist ambitions, could not compete. Byron and Orientalism sets out to examine this thesis. Based on a conference held in 2005 at Nottingham Trent University, it looks at Byron's knowledge of the East, and of its religions in particular, in greater detail than ever before. Essays are included on Byron's Turkish Tales, Edward Said's attitude to Byron, Byron's version of Islam, Byron's Hebrew Melodies, and Byron's influence on the orientalist writings of Pushkin and Lermontov. There is a massive introduction, setting Byron's eastern poetry in the contexts both of European literature, English literature, and the poet's own confused and disorientated existence.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: poetry & poets Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 13/06/2006 ISBN-13: 9781847187499  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Dr Peter Cochran is the editor of the Newstead Byron Society Review and of the editions of Byron's major works on the website of the International Byron Society. He has lectured on Byron in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Newstead, Glasgow, Liverpool, Versailles, Monckton, Messolonghi, Delphi, Gdansk, Salzburg, Yerevan, Paris and New York, and published numerous articles on the poet. He is author of the Byron entry in the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, and of the entries on J. C. Hobhouse and E. J. Trelawny for the new DNB.

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