By Anna Mercer
DON JUAN: CONCEPTION, RECEPTION, IMITATION
ONE-DAY CONFERENCE, SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2019
BICENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION OF DON JUAN CANTOS I & II
ANTENNA MEDIA CENTRE (NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY), NOTTINGHAM
SPONSORED BY BARS & ROMANTIC BICENTENNIALS
Keynote speaker Professor Jerome McGann (University of Virginia).
Professor McGann, one of the world’s leading Byron scholars for over thirty years, is not only editor of Byron’s Complete Poetical Works, but has also written a huge range of critical essays and books on Byron and his poems.
The Byron Society invite proposals for 20-minute papers on Don Juan.
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. The first two cantos 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 …read more