In this series, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of literary and historical events of the Romantic period. This is the second of a two-part OTD blog by Dr Emily Paterson-Morgan, Director of The Byron Society. The first was released yesterday to mark the bicentenary of Byron completing and Cantos III and IV of Don Juan and dispatching them to England. Click here for the first part.
In the previous
post, I discussed the first Act of what is, I think, both the worst adaptation of
Byron’s Don Juan and also the funniest in its ham-fisted attempts to simplify
the delicious subtleties of one of the greatest and most complicated poems in
the English language into a low-brow theatrical romp fit for the masses. This is the ‘three-penny Acting drama’ titled Don Juan:
A Musical Drama in Three Acts, attributed to Charles Milner, a bizarre
creation which reduces Byron’s satirical epic to a series of fighting and fornication
scenes complete with a score of
songs and what the author’s stage directions hubristically describe as ‘ballets’.
At the end of Act
I, Juan has seduced (or been seduced by) both the beautiful Donna Julia and her
equally libidinous maid, discovered the cuckolded husband Don Alfonso in a
compromising position with Juan’s own aunt, …read more
By annamercer90 The Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth Century Seminar on 9 March 2020, a talk on Leigh Hunt by Prof Tim Webb, has been cancelled due to industrial action. Our next seminar will take place on 16 March with Prof David Duff on ‘Coleridge as Prospectus-Writer’, followed by the final CRECS Spring event on 20 April by … Continue reading 9 March – Tim Webb – Event Cancelled …read more
In this series, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of literary and historical events of the Romantic period. Today, on the 19th of February 2020, we celebrate the bicentenary of Byron completing and Cantos III and IV of Don Juan and dispatching them to England. This is the first of a two-part OTD blog by Dr Emily Paterson-Morgan, Director of The Byron Society. The second will be released tomorrow.
On February 19th, two hundred years ago today, Byron sent his publisher John Murray ‘four packets containing Cantos third and fourth of D J‘ .
At this point, Don Juan was already infamous, widely denounced by reviewers and readers alike for its sexual and religious infidelity, its political effrontery, and general tone of satirical bravado. The British Critic dismisses Don Juan as a ‘narrative of degrading debauchery […] not only begotten but spawned in filth and darkness’. The Edinburgh Review condemns the ‘poisoned strains’ of a poet who ‘dethroned virtue and piety’ in his struggles to ‘exalt and endear scenes of conjugal infidelity’. The Quarterly Review, meanwhile, expressed fears for those ‘on whom its poison would operate without mitigation’ and kindle ‘ungovernable passion’, presumably resulting in a wave of orgiastic degeneracy spreading across …read more
This is a call for papers for a small symposium on Romanticism, which wil form part of the larger Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) Conference on Literature that is held in Athens in June each year (this year June 1-4).
The Symposium on Romanticism will be hosted by Professor William Davis of Colorado College.
Anyone interested should follow this link for all pertinent information, including the call for papers, fee structure, and housing options: https://www.atiner.gr/litrom. Registration, fees, housing, etc. are all handled by ATINER.
Anyone wishing to make a proposal will also need to use the form provided by the ATINER website (available also through the link above).
This is a Call For Papers for a session at MLA 2021
This bicentennial panel, which will be held at the MLA in Toronto and sponsored by the Byron Society of America, will examine Byron’s work written or published in 1821, including Marino Faliero, Sardanapalus, Heaven and Earth, Cain, and Werner.
Please submit 250 word abstracts by 26 March 2020 to Omar F. Miranda, at the University of San Francisco (firstname.lastname@example.org )
The 2021 MLA Annual Convention will be held in Toronto
from 7 to 10 January 2021.
By annamercer90 The first CRECS research seminar of Spring 2020 will take place on Tuesday 18 February at 6.30pm in room 2.47 (John Percival Building, Cardiff University, CF10 3EG). We are delighted to welcome Dr Lizzy Spencer to Cardiff. Lizzy is an Associate Lecturer in Eighteenth Century and Public History at the University of York. Her research interests lie in … Continue reading Dr Lizzy Spencer, 18 February 2020 …read more
We are glad to announce the publication of the most recent issue of The BARS Review (No. 53, Spring-Autumn 2019). The issue contains a total of fifteen reviews of recent scholarly work within the field of Romanticism, broadly conceived. Six of the reviews compromise a ‘spotlight’ section on ‘Romantic Ideas’.
If you have comments on the new number, or on the Review in general, we’d be very grateful for any feedback that would allow us to improve the site or its content. Mark Sandy would also be very happy to hear from people who would like to review for BARS.
Editor: Mark Sandy (Durham University) General Editors: Ian Haywood (University of Roehampton) and Anthony Mandal (Cardiff University) Technical Editor: Matthew Sangster (University of Glasgow)