Lord Byron and the Orient: A Seminar - LIR 620

The course is an in-depth study of the Oriental peoples, cultures, traditions, sites, climes, themes, and colorings of Lord Byron’s Eastern Tales: The Bride of Abydos, The Giaour, The Corsair, and Siege of Corinth. Short selections of other major works like Lara, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, and Don Juan, which allude to the Orient, will be studied as well. Students will investigate Byron’s Oriental scholarship and his authenticity in representing the various elements of the East.