lecture 2.15.10 byron and beginning CHP

lecture 2.15.10 byron and beginning CHP - LordByron,(1812 1...

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Lord Byron,  Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage  (1812) 1. Contexts The East as good “poetical policy” in Romantic-period Britain (1780s- 1830s): o As a romance space – a space of wonder and the marvelous,  associated with youth and innocence, and with a world outside of or  before modern “commercial society”: Book V of Wordsworth’s  The Prelude  (1805); Robert Southey’s  Thalaba, the Destroyer  (1801); Samuel Coleridge’s “Kubla  Khan” (1816) Thomas Moore’s  Lalla Rookh  (1817), and most of  all Byron’s Eastern Tales (1813-1914); o As a space for working out and criticizing certain issues and policies  in Britain: Explicitly (the stanzas on Lord Elgin): Britain’s own imperialist  activities; Implicitly – or more abstractly: Britain’s sense of national  superiority or religious purity; o As a place of increasing interest – economic, political, cultural – to  Britain: Edmund Burke on India; The Napoleonic Wars and the struggle for territory; The crumbling state of the Ottoman Empire and competition  with Russia; Trade imbalance with China.
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Byron published  Childe Harold  at a time when interest in the East was 
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