Byron, the Bible, and Religion: Essays from the Twelfth International Byron Seminar

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This work consists of eight essays selected from papers given at the Twelfth International Byron Symposium. Much of Byron's poetry is examined, but the focus is on the Mysteries and Don Juan. The subjects include the Cain figure, Byron's skepticism, his attitude toward Christianity and religion in general, and his literary use of the Bible.

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Contents

Introduction
9
Byrons Cain as Sacred Executioner
25
Between History and Theology
39
Biblical Skepticism and Romantic Irony
58
Byrons Revisionary Struggle with the Bible
77
Byron in the Underground
101
Biblical
118
Hebraism and Hellenism in the Poetry of Byron
136
Byron and the Place of Religion
153
Works Cited
169
Contributors
179
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