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Call for Papers

Byron and the Politics of Continental Europe

4-5 December 2009
The Byron Centre, University of Manchester, UK

Few British literary figures have attained the international stature enjoyed by Byron both during his own life time and posthumously. While his influence upon continental European literature and the arts more generally has received much recent scholarly attention, in Anglophone scholarship his political role and influence has been severely neglected. His name is, of course, still linked to struggles for independence in Greece and Italy, but little systematic analysis exists of the contribution he made as an individual to these causes, of his own position on these and other questions of European politics in the Napoleonic and Restoration period, and of how his poetry and personality were appropriated and exploited for political purposes across the continent as a whole. This conference aims to tease out the multifaceted, nuanced and sometimes contradictory political impact of Byron, and to enhance our understanding of the complex and manifold ways in which he entered into and !
changed the historical actualities and political lives of a range of European political cultures.

Proposals for 20-minute papers are invited on any topic related to the conference theme. Topics for discussion might include, for instance:

. Byron's personal engagement with the politics of individual European countries, and the European contexts in which his political perspectives and activities developed
. Byron's relationship with nationalism, both in countries into the political life of which he directly intervened, such as Albania, Greece and Italy, and in those, such as Poland, Hungary and Russia, with which he had no direct personal contact
. Byron and Napoleon
. Byron and the politics of censorship
. Byron and the Italian Risorgimento and/or the Greek struggle for independence
. Byron as political commentator, and the ways in which European politics underpinned and shaped his works
. Byron and the politics of European Romanticism
. The inconsistencies of Byron?s European politics
. Byron's influence on British views of European politics
. Byron's reception within conservative and reactionary European political milieux
. Byronic conduct as a political model and Byronic verse as a tool for challenging the status quo
. Posthumous political uses of Byron and the Byronic myth
. Byron's longer-term political significance for continental European politics

Proposals for papers (250-400 words), together with a brief CV and contact details, should be sent todavid.laven@manchester.ac.uk by Friday 9 October 2009.