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Approaches to Teaching Byron's Poetry

Editor(s): Frederick W. Shilstone

Pages: x & 193 pp.
Published: 1991
ISBN: 9780873525459

"This skillfully edited book is highly recommended for college teachers of English literature.... The essays include excellent pieces by scholars of the first rank."
Keats-Shelley Journal

"A useful companion for teaching Byron with a very large number of contributions by divers hands."
Nineteenth-Century Literature

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As the volume editor, Frederick W. Shilstone, explains in his preface, this book originated in hallways, at conferences, and in classrooms, with colleagues and students "who share my enthusiasm for Byron yet consider his works, especially when taught in survey courses, problematic." Aimed at instructors teaching Byron for the first time as well as those more experienced who wish to explore new methods of presentation, this volume attempts to keep classroom discussion lively and engaging.

Like other books in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, this one is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," evaluates editions and anthologies, bibliographies, scholarly studies, teaching aids, films, videos, and musical performances. The second part, "Approaches," gathers twenty-three essays by instructors with extensive experience in teaching Byron. Using a wide range of critical strategies, the contributors explore philosophical, textual, biographical, social, historical, and aesthetic issues in Byron's poetry. The essays also confront problems that complicate the teaching of Byron--the poet's use of various poetic guises, his personal intrusions into the poems, and the question of Byron's place among his contemporaries. The collection focuses on the works most frequently taught in undergraduate courses and includes six essays devoted to Don Juan.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Byron's Poetry

Frederick W. Shilstone

Teaching Editions: Selections, Don Juan, and Complete Works
Standard Editions
Readings for Students and Teachers
Bibliographic and Reference Readings
Fundamental Student Readings
Specialized Readings for Teachers

Teaching Aids



Backgrounds, Pedagogical Trends, and Contexts

Teaching Byron in a Romantic Context
G. K. Blank

Teaching Byron in Relation to the Visual Arts
Nicholas O. Warner

Using a Reader's Journal to Teach Byron's Poetry
Mark Reynolds

Byron's Bisexuality: The Biographical Evidence and the Poems
Louis Crompton

Poetic Performance: Byron and the Concept of a Male Muse
Joanna E. Rapf

Julian, Maddalo, and the Madman: Byron on Civilization and Its Discontents
Mark Kipperman

Teaching Byron's Poetic Techniques by Game Playing
David V. Erdman

Byron's Poetry: Sound Effects
Brian Wilkie

The Satires, "Romantic" Poems, and Plays

Teaching Satire in English Bards and The Vision of Judgment
Frederick L. Beaty

The Giaour: The Infidelity of the Romantic Fragment
Scott Simpkins

A Historical Approach to the Eastern Tales: The Case of Parisina
Daniel P. Watkins

Byron's Poetic Journal: Teaching Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
Bernard A. Hirsch

Pilgrimage to Creation: Byron in Iberia
Gordon K. Thomas

Byron's "Darkness" and the Romantic Dis-Spiriting of Nature
Ronald A. Schroeder

Manfred and Skepticism
Stephen C. Behrendt

Teaching Manfred as Mental Theater
Alan Richardson

Contexts of Eden in Don Juan and the Mysteries
Wolf Z. Hirst

Don Juan

The Paradoxical Unity of Don Juan: Hero, Narrator, World
Katherine Kernberger

Teaching Don Juan from the Perspective of Cross-Dressing and the Politics of Gender
Susan Wolfson

"A plain man, and in a single station": Byronic Self-Representation in Don Juan
Peter J. Manning

Byron's London
John Clubbe

Re-Reading (in) Byron: Intertextuality in Don Juan
Paul Elledge

Don Juan: From Classic to Modern
Hermione de Almeida

Works Cited

Index of Names

Index of Works by Byron

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