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Dramatic Speculation and the Quest for Faith in Lord Byron's "Cain"

Salzburg studies in literature

By (author) Larry Brunner
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Jan 1996
ISBN-10: 0773442022
ISBN-13: 9780773442023
Barcode No: 9780773442023
Synopsis
Byron's "Cain" offers a documentation of his conflicting responses to religious questions. This text argues that, far from attacking personal faith, the play obliquely defends it by satirizing the narrow orthodoxy which seeks to suppress an authentic personal quest for religious truth. The play therefore embodies Byron's own sincere quest, offering both catharsis and affirmation. "Cain" illuminates not only the mind of the poet, but also sometimes hidden assumptions of his readership, both then and now.

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