The Byron Society Bicentennial Conference to celebrate the publication of Don Juan Cantos I and II
One-day conference, Saturday 7th December 2019
Antenna Media Centre, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
Keynote Speaker: Professor Jerome McGann, ‘Byron and his Language’
Published anonymously in the summer of 1819, the first two cantos of Byron’s ‘satirical epic’ Don Juan provided the reading public with a work which self-consciously raised and challenged received ideas about fame, originality, and
literary merit and was admired and reviled in almost equal measure.
Don Juan became an overnight sensation, inspiring countless attacks against their sexual and religious infidelities, the bitingly acerbic social and political commentaries, the horrifying burlesquing of scenes of death and destruction,
and the generalised irreverence. While some were shuddering with outrage, others saw the significant commercial opportunities offered by Byron’s ‘Donny Jonny’, with parodies, musical adaptations, and ‘new’ Cantos flooding the
market alongside the numerous pirated copies.
Conference Fees (includes coffees, lunch and a sparkling wine reception):
Members of any Byron Society: £40
There will be a conference dinner after the reception, which includes 3 courses and the chance to win some excellent Byron prizes during our Byron Quiz. This is an optional extra, and will cost £30.00
There will be a trip to Newstead Abbey on the 8th of December, with bus collection at 10.30 am, a guided tour of the Abbey, and time to explore the gardens or visit the cafe, before we return to Nottingham at around 2.00 pm. This is an optional extra and will cost £30.00.
In affiliation with BARS and Romantic Bicentennials.