Approaches to Teaching Byron’s Poetry

  • Editor: Frederick W. Shilstone
  • Pages: x & 193 pp.
  • Published: 1991
  • ISBN: 9780873525459 (Cloth)
  • ISBN: 9780873525466 (Paperback)
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“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

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.