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- Byron and the Shelleys
In this course, we will read poetry, novels, prose, and plays by Byron, Mary Shelley, and Percy Shelley. We will pay particular attention to the way these authors influenced one another; they famously lived together on the shores of Lake Geneva, during an astonishingly productive summer which saw the composition of some of the most famous texts of the century, including Frankensteinand Canto III of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Versions of both Byron and P. Shelley show up in M. Shelley’s novels, as well as in each other’s poetry, and in this class we will trace the way these literary relationships shape the authors’ works. Texts studied will include Frankenstein, Mathilda, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Manfred, The Cenci, Don Juan, and many shorter poems by both Byron and P. Shelley.