Whining over a dead ass: Byron and Laurence Sterne

Dr Paul Whickman

18th July, IN-PERSON

6.30pm-8.00pm, Art Workers Guild

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Ticket Price: £5.00

Wine reception 6.30 pm

Lecture at 7.00 pm

Dinner from 8.00 pm

Ticket registration here.

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Byron’s Don Juan, described as his ‘poetical T. Shandy’, clearly owes a debt to Laurence Sterne. However, the nature and extent of this – as well as the confluence of Byron and Sterne’s other works – is underexplored. In contributing to this discussion, this lecture will consider Byron’s broader eighteenth-century inheritance, arguing he was influenced not only by Augustan or satiric traditions but the seemingly competing modes of sentimentalism and the carnivalesque. In this talk, Paul Whickman will argue it was not just Sterne’s irreverence that engaged Byron, but his ability to be ‘half serious’; how mourning a dead ass, for instance, can elicit mockery but also genuine pathos.



Art Workers Guild

6 Queen Square


London WC1N 3AT

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[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third] When:

Drinks 6.30-7.00

Lecture 7.00-8.00pm

There will be a dinner for those who wish to join, details will be confirmed closer to the time.

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Purchase here

Enquiries: contact@thebyronsociety.com