THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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George Gordon Byron Literary Criticism

Don Juan

An essay by Cynthia Whissel examining structure and development in Byron's epic.
An academic article by Emma Peacocke of Carleton University exploring the evolution of the Byronic hero and the initial reception of Don Juan in England.
An essay by Tracey Colvin of the University of Maryland which considers the physical beauty of the titular character as a type of disability before investigating some of the dramatic, social and political effects of these character attributes.
In this essay L. Michelle Baker of The Catholic University of America provides an analysis of both Don Juan and Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
An essay by Timothy Feng-shan Tsai featuring an in-depth reading of the poem.

The Corsair

In this essay Tom Mole of McGill University explores the diet of Byron's protagonist and the role of food in this poem.

The Giaour

An essay by Colin Jager, an associate professor at Rutgers University, exploring the role of 'Occidentalism' in Byron's poem with reference to the work of philosopher Akeel Bilgrami and his rehabilitation of 'enchantment'.

The Siege of Corinth

An essay by David Roessel examining Byron's narrative poem and the historical events which may have influenced it, particularly concerning Lord Elgin's removal of the Parthenon marbles; with analysis of extracts from the poem.

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

An essay by Emily A. Bernhard Jackson of the University of Arkansas investigating this narrative poem from the question of how knowledge is produced - a recurrent theme of Byron's later work (according to the author).
An essay by Ann T. Gardiner of the International University of Germany examining the relationship between Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Corinne, by Madame de Staël.