Call for papers: Excess and Exhaustion: Byron in 1818
Excess and Exhaustion: Byron in 1818
Friday & Saturday, 27-28 April 2018
Plenary: Jonathon Shears (Keele)
1818 saw Byron both exhilarated and exhausted by the Venetian carnival. It saw him publish Beppo but also write ‘Ode on Venice’. The excitements of Italian politics lay ahead, but so did the idea that Europe was an ‘exhausted portion of the globe’. In 1818, poised between an idealised Venice and disillusionment with Venetians, Byron is also poised between comic and tragic imaginings, personal/sexual cynicism and his ‘last attachment’, past crisis and future glory, the Byronic Hero and Don Juan, epic and satire. All of these contrasting influences speak of excess and exhaustion at one moment in Byron’s life – personal, literary, political – but also point to the holding together of opposites that is definitive of so much of Byron’s poetics, of the ‘hot and cold’ admixture of the contrary, the contradictory, the irreconcilable that marks so many of Byron’s poems and letters.
The conference will start at 1 p.m. on Friday with lunch at Newstead Abbey, followed by afternoon sessions, and dinner.
On Saturday, the conference will run from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.
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