‘A name, a wretched picture, and worse bust’: Byron’s Artefacts of Fame
By Leigh Wetherall-Dickson
19th March 2021, ONLINE LECTURE, 5.30-6.30pm (GMT)
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Leigh Wetherall Dickson will give a talk on Byron’s views of posterity and permanence, as represented by the concept of having one’s bust immortalised in marble.
Don Juan is a literary consideration of the lastingness, or otherwise or monumental artefacts of fame, ‘name, a wretched picture, and worse bust’. Byron’s journal of ‘Detached Thoughts’ (kept between 1821 and 1822) notes that he sat for the marble bust at the particular request of his university friend John Cam Hobhouse. ‘A picture is a different matter’, he muses, because ‘everybody sits for their picture’. However, ‘a bust looks like putting up pretensions to permanency’. This online lecture considers the idea of ‘pretension to permanency’ in relation to the context of creative uncertainty that produced one of Byron’s most famous and scandalous poems, the great satirical epic Don Juan.
Online Zoom talk.
19th March, 2021
Tickets must be booked.
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Image courtesy of Francesca Parrinello