Orientalism | Critical Essay by Jerome Christensen

This literature criticism consists of approximately 42 pages of analysis & critique of Orientalism.
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Critical Essay by Jerome Christensen

SOURCE: “Perversion, Parody, and Cultural Hegemony: Lord Byron's Oriental Tales,” in The South Atlantic Quarterly, Vol. 88, No. 3, Summer, 1989, pp. 569-603.

In the following essay, Christensen surveys Lord Byron's Oriental verse tales and suggests that he may have employed Orientalist motifs to expose “the primal foreignness” of the English language.

[Byron] has no light, cannot lead us from the past to the future.

—Matthew Arnold, Poetry of Byron

Oh! laughter for the Page that would reflect To future times the face of what now is!

—William Wordsworth, The Prelude

The general problem of oppositional writing—its authenticity, its effectiveness, even its possibility in relation to a hegemonic discourse—is focused in a particularly challenging way in Lord Byron's poetry. For Byron to write in opposition meant to write against...

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