Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Committee Member

Evan Blythin

Number of Pages



This thesis shows that Lord Byron's history plays in particular may be works of fiction, but they may also be viewed as rhetorical discourses because they can be seen as direct responses to the complex social and political issues emerging from both the Industrial and French Revolutions. This claim was demonstrated by using a contemporary concept of rhetoric, Lloyd Bitzer's "The Rhetorical Situation." The major findings of this study were that Lord Byron was a rhetorician because his plays reflected a specific rhetorical situation, yet he also failed as a rhetorician because of his selection of an abstract, idealized audience and abstract issues. Because the problem he was addressing remains relevant today, a study of Lord Byron's dramas-as-discourse is an important addition to the study of literature-as-rhetoric.


Lord Byron; Historical; Interpretation; Rhetorical; Tragedies

Controlled Subject

Communication; Theater; British literature; English literature--Irish authors; Irish literature

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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