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Byron and Marginality$
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Norbert Lennartz

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474439411

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439411.001.0001

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At the Margins of Europe: Byron’s East Revisited and The Giaour

At the Margins of Europe: Byron’s East Revisited and The Giaour

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(p.98) Chapter 6 At the Margins of Europe: Byron’s East Revisited and The Giaour
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Byron and Marginality
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Stephen Minta

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439411.003.0006

Greece, in Byron’s work and life, seems so central, so symbolically tied to ideas of freedom and commitment, that it is easy to forget how marginal Greece was in the Europe of Byron’s time. Byron’s East is an anomalous composite, framed by four elements: the imperial force of the Ottoman Empire, the framing structure of classical Greece, a loosely defined Albanian presence operating both within the limits of the Ottoman Empire, but in some ways resistant to it, and what can be described as ‘modern Greece’. In reconstructing this network of Turkish/European oppositional attitudes, we can see with greater clarity how Byron approached his Giaour and to what extent Byron’s difficulties in escaping from the traditional representation of classical Greece are only partially resolved in Childe Harold.

Keywords:   Greece - Philhellenism, Orient, Ottoman Empire, Cultural stereotyping, The Giaour, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

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