Byron’s Letters: the absence and the presence of poetry
Byron Society Lecture, 24th July
6.30-8.00pm, at the Art Workers Guild, London
£5.00 for Members;
£6.00 for Students;
£7.00 for Non-Members.
Dr Anthony Howe, Reader in English Literature and Associate Director of Research in the School of English at Birmingham City University, will give a talk on Byron’s letter writing and the vagaries of the postal service.
Under the Net letter writing has more or less gone the way of hunter gathering. As our instincts and acculturation disappear, to be replaced by faster but flimsier ones, our fascination rises, thus a recent glut of books about epistolary history and ‘slow communication’. Literary critics have been slow to follow this trend, partly because they are so immersed in a culture of assumptions that hold up the poem as preeminent literary artefact. While the Romantics did a great deal to ingrain these assumptions there is a degree of irony here given that the likes of Coleridge, Byron and Keats were more capable of writing indifferent verse to a bad letter. Byron’s letters, at their best, are astonishing and their multifarious cultural background fascinating. This talk will comment on those cultures while thinking about the letters from a literary-critical perspective.
Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square
London WC1N 3AT
Drinks at 6.30
There will be a dinner for those who wish to join, details will be confirmed closer to the time.
£5.00 for Members
£6.00 for Students
£7.00 for Non-Members
Imagery: Provided by kind permission of Dr Emily Paterson-Morgan