Course Syllabus--Fall 2001

Eng 647B-----Lord Byron:

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know

Professor: D. F. Felluga
HEAV 430; telephone: 61647
Office hours: M, 1:00-2:30
Class: HEAV 111; M, 4:30-7:20


Course Description

The things said about Byron read like a nineteenth-century version of The Enquirer: he slept with his sister, he was a sodomist, he was a Satanist, he was manic-depressive, he was a pedophile, he was a vampire, he was, as Lady Caroline put it, "mad, bad, and dangerous to know." This course will explore the phenomenon of Byron (his incredible mass-market popularity in the nineteenth century, the attacks against his morality, his influence on the figuration of poets in general) and will also explore in detail all of Byron's major work. In so doing, students will come away from the course with a strong understanding of the most important themes and issues of the Romantic period, the social and market dynamics of nineteenth-century England, and the most influential and entertaining poetry of the period. Students will also read critical work on Byron from the last few decades and will have the opportunity to enter into various debates about the poet and his age both in class discussions and in a final research project.

Note that the McGann Oxford edition of Byron is now available at Von's books. Critical and supplemental readings can be found on our shared Dropbox folder.



WEEK ONE: August 25, 2014

My way is to begin with the beginning


WEEK TWO: September 1, 2014

our hero's lot, however unpleasant,/... Must be postponed

WEEK THREE: September 8, 2014

I chose a modern subject as more meet

WEEK FOUR: September 15, 2014

This way of writing will appear exotic

WEEK FIVE: September 22, 2014

I want a hero

WEEK SIX: September 29, 2014

Rage, fear, hate, jealousy, revenge, compunction

WEEK SEVEN: October 6, 2014

What, after all, are all things--but a Show?


WEEK EIGHT: October 13, 2014

our hero's lot, however unpleasant,/... Must be postponed



WEEK NINE: October 20, 2014

My poem's epic, and is meant to be


WEEK TEN: October 27, 2014

Pleasure's a sin, and sometimes sin's a pleasure


WEEK ELEVEN: November 3, 2014

I now mean to be serious;--it is time

November 10, 2014

You, Bob! are rather insolent, you know

November 17, 2014

I hope it is no crime/ To laugh at all things

November 24, 2014

I have effeminated and enervated myself with love



: December 1, 2014

my Muse by no means deals in fiction

December 8, 2014

I leave the thing a problem, like all things


Last Revised: July 10, 2014