7th December 2019 (Nottingham)

More details will follow.

Call For Papers: The Byron Society and John Clare 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.

As John Clare noted in his essay on ‘Popularity in Authorship’, ‘Byron took fame by storm’ and ‘gained the envied eminence of living popularity by making a breach where the citadel was thought impregnable’.

This conference, jointly hosted by the Byron and John Clare Societies, has been organised to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Don Juan Cantos I and II and to introduce a year of events to mark the bicentenary of Clare’s first publication, Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery (1820). While we invite papers exploring all aspects of Don Juan’s history, approaches looking at its reception by, and influence on, John Clare and other labouring class and marginalised writers would be especially welcome.


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
•   Issues faced when editing Byron and Clare
•   Questions of ownership, piracy and anonymous publication
•   Fame and popularity
•   Sources inspiring Byron
•   Byron and John Clare
•   Sex and sexuality
•   Epic and mock epic

Please send submissions to the conference organisers: Dr Sam Ward andDr Emily Paterson-Morgan at: ByronDonJuan2019@gmail.com.

Bursaries will be available for undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

Submission deadline: 1st September 2019