Byron’s Don Juan: Conception, Reception, Imitation
7th December 2019 (Nottingham)
More details will follow.
Call For Papers: The Byron Society invite proposals for 20 minute papers.
The publication of Byron’s Don Juan Cantos I and II, published anonymously in the summer of 1819, provided the reading public with a work which self-consciously raised and challenged received ideas about fame, originality and literary merit. Admired and reviled in almost equal measure, the figure of Byron provided a striking example of a poet seemingly powerful enough to resist critical opinion and to overthrow literary convention, all the while enjoying a wide and varied readership.
This conference has been organised to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Don Juan Cantos I and II.
Papers may explore topics including, but not limited to:
• Reception of Don Juan (working class reception, male vs female reception, metropolitan vs rural reception, critical reception)
• Imitations of the poem by John Clare and others such as William Hone, James Griffin, Caroline Lamb, and more recent poets such as Dorothy Porter
• Questions of ownership, piracy and anonymous publication
• Fame and popularity
• Sources inspiring Byron
• Sex and sexuality
• Epic and mock epic
Please send submissions to the conference organiser, Dr Emily Paterson-Morgan, at: ByronDonJuan2019@gmail.com.
Bursaries will be available for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Submission deadline: 1st September 2019