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A Compendium of Eastern Elements in Byron's Oriental Tales

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Naji B. Oueijan

A Compendium of Eastern Elements in Byron's Oriental Tales traces Lord Byron's Oriental scholarship and recognizes the wealth of his tales' Orientalism. Byron's initial interest in the Orient, his personal contacts with the Eastern languages and literature, and his participation in Eastern life gave his poetic career a fresh and unique dimension. The main part of this book lists alphabetical entries, in subsectioned categories, for Eastern characters, names, ranks, customs, costumes, sites, architectural structures, decorations, flora, and fauna. The entries are designed to provide the reader of Byron's tales corporeal and fascinating insights into the Eastern culture, its milieu, its myth and its symbols. In as much as they offer a comprehensive understanding of the tales' Orientalism, they invite fresh cross-cultural criticism.