Monday 21 July 2014

ENGL33021: Lord Byron

ENGL33021: Lord Byron

Syllabus and Preliminary Reading



The syllabus for this course will run as follows. Many of the texts can be comfortably read in a week. Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and Don Juan, however, cannot and you should try to read these over the summer, especially Don Juan. The recommended editions of Byron’s works are Jerome McGann (ed.), Byron: The Major Works (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Susan J. Wolfson and Peter J. Manning (eds), Lord Byron: Selected Poems (Penguin, 1996). You will need to get hold of both of these editions. You should also get a copy of Leslie Marchand, Byron: A Portrait (Pimlico, 1993), and read the relevant chapters alongside the set texts each week (or, better still, read this over the summer). Some recommended introductory reading follows the syllabus below. See you in the autumn!




Week 1  - Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Cantos I and II

Week 2  - The Corsair and Lara

Week 3  - Manfred

Week 4  - Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Cantos III and IV

Week 5  - Beppo

[Week 6 - Reading Week]

Week 7  -  Don Juan, Cantos I-VI

Week 8  - Sardanapalus

Week 9  - Don Juan, Cantos VII-XII

Week 10 - Cain

Week 11 - Don Juan, Cantos XIII-XVII

Week 12 - The Vision of Judgement


Recommended Preliminary Secondary Reading


Bernard Beatty, Byron’s Don Juan and Other Poems (Penguin, 1987)

Drummond Bone, Byron (Northcote House, 2000)

Drummond Bone (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Byron (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Caroline Franklin, Byron (Routledge, 2006)

Robert Gleckner and Bernard Beatty (eds), The Plays of Lord Byron: Critical Essays (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1997)

Andrew Keanie, Student Guide to Byron (Greenwich Exchange, 2006)

Richard Lansdown, The Cambridge Introduction to Byron (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Alan Rawes, Byron’s Poetic Experimentation (Ashgate, 2000)

Jane Stabler (ed.), Palgrave Advances in Byron Studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)



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